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Funding Now Available to Support Arts and Social Cohesion Projects in Vermont

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Mother & daughter participants in RiverArts's Morrisville Free University Felted Heart-making class in April 2024, photo credit: Jessica Ojala

The sense of belonging and connection that people feel in their community has a powerful influence on mental and physical health. At a time of polarization and hardship for many, the arts can help bring people back together to work, play, create, and solve problems at the community level—which has meaningful impacts on belonging and wellbeing.

The Vermont Community Foundation has new funding available for projects and events in the visual, performing, musical, and literary arts that create opportunities for positive social interaction, engagement, and collaboration. The Foundation invites Letters of Interest (LOI) from nonprofits, schools, and other community organizations. Projects should strengthen belonging and community cohesion in ways that are likely to persist and grow.

This grant program is made possible by a Vermont Community Foundation fundholder and aligns with the Foundation’s goals to improve health and wellbeing and close the opportunity gap that leaves too many Vermonters struggling to thrive.    

Grants are expected to average $7,500 but will be awarded up to $10,000 and fund a range of project types and sizes across the state.

Letters of Interest will be accepted between May 14 and June 11, 2024. They must be received by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11 in order to be considered. Following a review of all LOIs, a smaller number of organizations will be invited to submit a full application for funding consideration. Organizations will be notified regarding the status of their LOI by July 2.

For more information and to submit a Letter of Interest visit