Available Grants

Since 1986, the Vermont Community Foundation has been committed to building philanthropic resources that sustain healthy and vital Vermont communities. One part of that work involves making grants. The Foundation awards more than $12 million annually to nonprofit organizations in Vermont and beyond. These grants support a breadth of issues such as hunger, housing, arts, cultural heritage, social justice, animal welfare, and environmental sustainability.

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Our Community Fund Grant Programs 

Our Community Fund Grant Programs are competitive grant rounds managed by our staff and awarded in partnership with our advised fundholders who have the opportunity to support individual proposals through Giving Together. In 2013, the Community Fund and Giving Together partners awarded 164 grants totaling $1.2 million to organizations across the state.

$250-$2,500 grants to organizations statewide to support work that builds communities.

2015 Deadlines: 5:00 p.m. February 2, April 1, August 3, October 1, December 1.

Application Guidelines


 $10,000-$20,000 grants to organizations statewide to support cross-issue and cross-region partnerships and collaborations.

2015 Deadlines:

  • Round 1: 5:00 p.m. January 9 - Letter of Interest, 5:00 p.m. February 6 - Full Application
  • Round 2: 5:00 p.m. August 7- Letter of Interest, 5:00 p.m. September 11 - Full Application
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$500-$5,000 grants to organizations statewide to help nonprofits dealing with unexpected emergencies.

Deadline: Rolling.

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Statewide, 5-year initiative to connect all Vermonters with healthy, local food. The first grants were made in 2012.

Deadline: By invitation only. 

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Other Statewide Grant Programs

In addition to our staff-lead competitive grant rounds listed above, the Foundation is also host to a number of committee-advised grant rounds. The following grant programs make grants to organizations across Vermont.

An annual $15,000 cash award intended to recognize Con Hogan's life’s work and commitment by encouraging and rewarding mid-career leaders who share his vision of a better Vermont—one that places the highest value on the public good—and who seize the responsibility for making that vision real.

Deadline: Nominations due by 5:00 p.m. July 31, 2015.

Nomination Guidelines


$500-$2,000 grants to organizations to provide qualified child care centers with scholarships for underserved families.

Deadline: 5:00 p.m. May 1, 2015

Application Guidelines

Grants of no more than $2,500 each to support the cost of consultants to facilitate discussions related to strategic planning, fundraising strategies, or orchestrating a merger.

Deadline: Rolling

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$250-$1,000 grants to organizations for public or school libraries' young adult programs, grades 6-12.

Deadline: Rolling

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$500-$5,000 grants to organizations for projects, programs, and organizations that serve the LGBTQ community in Vermont.

Deadline: 5:00 p.m. April 1, 2015

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$1,000-$5,000 grants for Vermont artists and Vermont arts organizations.*

Deadline: 5:00 p.m. May 1, 2015

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*The VAEF is associated with the Concert Artists Endowment Fund, which awards grants to support the performance of classical music in Chittenden County.

$1,000-$10,000 grants to organizations for projects addressing the needs of Vermont women and girls ages 15-25.

Deadline: 5:00 p.m. January 30, 2015.

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Place-Based Grant Programs

These grant rounds focus on a range of issues in their regions.

$500-$5,000 grants to organizations plus one $25,000 grant for projects including but not limited to the arts, education, historic preservation, and social services in Addison County and the Brandon area (70%) and statewide (30%).

Region: Addison County, Brandon, and statewide

Deadline: 5:00 p.m. June 1, 2015

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Up to $10,000 grants for organizations presenting performances of classical music in Chittenden County.*

Region: Chittenden County

Deadline: 5:00 p.m. May 1, 2015

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*The CAF is associated with the Vermont Artists Endowment Fund, which awards grants to Vermont artists and Vermont arts organizations.

Up to $15,000 grants to organizations for environmental preservation of the Deerfield River Watershed.

Region: View or download a map of the area. [PDF 1 KB]

Deadline: Every four years. For 2015, only those organizations who received funding in 2011 are eligible to apply. We anticipate returning to an open request for proposals in 2019.

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$250-$1,000 grants to organizations support endeavors that contribute to the betterment and vitality of the Brattleboro area.

Region: Brattleboro and surrounding area.

Deadline: 5:00 p.m. April 15 and October 15, 2015 

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$250-$500 grants to organizations to support endeavors that contribute to the betterment and vitality of the Brattleboro area.

Region: Brattleboro and surrounding area

Deadline: 5:00 p.m. April 15 and October 15, 2015

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Established in 1988 by Sally Patrick Johnson to benefit the people and protect the environment of the Lake Champlain Basin. The Trust honors the lives and work of Robert Fleming Patrick and Jonathan Kelsey Woods.

Region: Lake Champlain Basin

2015 Deadlines: May 1 - Spring Letter of Interest; November 1 - Winter Letter of Interest

Application Guidelines

$5,000-$50,000 grants to organizations for the protection, restoration, and enhancement of Lake Champlain's ecosystem.

Deadline: 5:00 p.m. December 1, 2015

Region: Lake Champlain Basin

AppLication Guidelines
$1,000-$10,000 grants to organizations for research and education concerning the southern portion of Lake Champlain.

Region
: Area of Lake Champlain south of Crown Point

Deadline
: 5:00 p.m. Dec. 1, 2015

Application Guidelines

$500-$5,000 grants to organizations serving children, elderly and family services, education, environment, sustainability, and the arts in Lamoille County and other parts of the Northeast Kingdom.

Region: Lamoille County, Hardwick, Greensboro, Craftsbury

Deadline: Rolling

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$500-$5,000 grants to organizations to support the vibrancy and health of the Northeast Kingdom.

Region: Caledonia, Essex, and Orleans Counties

Deadline: 5:00 p.m. August 3, 2015

Application Guidelines

$250-$5,000 grants for organizations to promote educational opportunities, support children and families, and foster the future sustainability in Poultney and its adjacent communities.

Region: Rutland County

Deadline: Rolling

Application Guidelines

Projects grants up to $5,000. Strategic grants of more than $5,000 for river restoration work in the upper Connecticut River Watershed; wetland restoration, protection, and enhancement; and shoreline protection.

Region: Connecticut River watershed upstream of the confluence of the White River and the Connecticut River at White River Junction, Vt. and West Lebanon, N.H.

Deadline: 2015 Deadlines TBA

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Our Supporting Organizations

Our supporting organizations are engaged in long-term, big-picture, strategic philanthropy. Their grantmaking is primarily by invitation only, however the High Meadows Fund and the J. Warren & Lois McClure Foundation both have competitive grant rounds open in 2015.

Promotes vibrant communities and a healthy natural environment while encouraging long-term economic vitality in Vermont.

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On December 9, 2014 High Meadows announced an RFP for 18-month or less projects in Vermont that are devoted to building resilience within a watershed. 

Deadline: Optional Letters of Intent due 5:00 p.m. February 1, 2015. Applications due 5:00 p.m. April 15, 2015.

The McClure Foundation focuses on college and career education. It envisions a Vermont in which no promising job goes unfilled for lack of a qualified applicant.

Deadline: Letter of Interest - 5:00 p.m. February 12, 2015. 

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If you have any questions, please contact Carolyn Weir at cweir@vermontcf.org or 802-388-3355  ext. 239.

Promoting healthy, happy children and families in Vermont through the funding and support of community-based prevention strategies.

Deadline: By invitation only.

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