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.

Deadline Grant Name Region Description
Rolling Green Mountain Fund Lamoille County, Hardwick, Greensboro, Craftsbury $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
Rolling Hills and Hollows Fund Rutland County $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
Rolling Paul Post Fund Statewide $250-$1,000 grants to organizations for public or school libraries' young adult programs, grades 6-12
Rolling Special and Urgent Needs Statewide $500-$5,000 grants to organizations to support unexpected emergencies 
January 31
Vermont Women's Fund Statewide $1,000-$10,000 grants to organizations for projects addressing the needs of Vermont women and girls
Round 1: Jan. 9 Letter of Interest, 

Feb. 6 Full Application;

Round 2: Aug. 7 Letter of Interest, Sep. 11 Full Application
Innovations and Collaborations Statewide $10,000-$20,000 grants to organizations to support cross-issue and cross-region partnerships and collaborations
Feb. 3
Apr. 1

June 2
Aug. 4
Oct. 1 
Dec. 1

Small & Inspiring Statewide $250-$2,500 grants to organizations to support work that builds connections
February 27 Letter of Interest; April 25 Full Application
J. Warren and Lois McClure Foundation
 Statewide Focused on access to post-secondary education. If you have any questions, please contact Carolyn Weir at cweir@vermontcf.org 
or 802-388-3355  ext. 239
April 1 Samara Fund Statewide $500-$5,000 grants to organizations for projects, programs, and organizations that serve the LGBT community in Vermont
April 28
Vermont Arts Endowment Fund Statewide $1,000-$5,000 grants for Vermont artists and Vermont arts organizations
April 28
Concert Artists Fund Chittenden County Up to $10,000 grants for organizations presenting performances of classical music in Chittenden County
May 1 and October 15  Crosby-Gannett Fund Brattleboro and surrounding area $250-$1,000 grants to organizations support endeavors that contribute to the betterment and vitality of the Brattleboro area
May 1 and October 15  Dunham-Mason Fund Brattleboro and surrounding area $250-$500 grants to organizations to support endeavors that contribute to the betterment and vitality of the Brattleboro area
May 1 - Spring Letter of Interest
Nov. 1 Winter Letter of Interest 
Kelsey Trust Lake Champlain Basin 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. If you have any questions, please contact Kim Haigis at khaigis@vermontcf.org or 802-388-3355 ext. 244
EXTENDED to June 11 Walter Cerf Community Fund Addison County, Brandon and Statewide $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%)
June 16
Edwards Child Care Scholarship Statewide $500-$2,000 grants to organizations to provide qualified child care centers with scholarships for underserved families 
Sept. 5
The Northeast Kingdom Fund Caledonia, Essex, and Orleans Counties $500-$5,000 grants to organizations to support the vibrancy and health of the Northeast Kingdom
Dec. 2 Lake Champlain and Tributaries Restoration Fund Learn About the Lake Champlain Basin $5,000-$50,000 grants to organizations for the protection, restoration, and enhancement of Lake Champlain's ecosystem
Dec. 2 South Lake Champlain Fund Area of Lake Champlain south of Crown Point $1,000-$10,000 grants to organizations for research and education concerning the southern portion of Lake Champlain 
Concept Paper - November 14, 2014. Application (Invitation only) - January 9, 2015.
Upper CT River Mitigation and Enhancement Fund 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. 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
Every 4 years, next deadline: 2015 Deerfield River Enhancement Fund See a map of the area [PDF, 1KB] up to $15,000 grants to organizations for environmental preservation of the Deerfield River Watershed
By Invitation Only Big Impact: Food and Farm Initiative Statewide Part of the Community Foundation's grantmaking, the first grants were made in 2012. More grants will be made over the next 5 years
By Invitation Only High Meadows Fund Statewide Promotes vibrant communities and a healthy natural environment while encouraging long-term economic vitality in Vermont