Giving Together

Giving Together is our program that shares vetted grant proposals with our donor advised fundholders. We invite them to learn more about the exciting and promising work being done throughout the state and consider joining us in supporting this work.

A heartfelt thank you to the Community Foundation fundholders and partners who have supported the good work being done by nonprofit organizations throughout Vermont.

 

Giving Together Opportunities - Summer 2022

This Giving Together round features projects from across the state that align with two of our grantmaking programs, Spark Connecting Community and the Northeast Kingdom Fund.

To learn more about each of the projects we are looking to fund, scroll down or click the fund names above to jump to the summaries.

The Goal

We hope you will be inspired to contribute to the $80,000 goal, which will be combined with $120,000 from the Foundation, for a total investment of $200,000.  

Please join us in making a difference in towns, villages, and communities across Vermont.


How to Participate

Click here to log into DonorCentral and choose Spark Giving Together or NEK Fund Giving Together between Tuesday, August 23 through Tuesday, September 6 at 5 p.m. to make a grant. 

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For those new to the Community Foundation, Giving Together is an opportunity to join other fundholders in supporting collaborative, community-based projects working to close the opportunity gap in Vermont. Read a recent Q&A between Community Foundation staff highlighting the significant and enjoyable role Giving Together plays in annual grantmaking.

If you need assistance: Reach out to your Philanthropic Advisor directly or through Jane Kimble at 802-388-3355 x286 or jkimble@vermontcf.org. Jane can help answer questions related to DonorCentral or connect you with your advisor.

 

The Spark Connecting Community Program

Spark Connecting Community supports local projects with small grants (up to $3,000) that make a big difference by building social capital and supporting community-level improvements. The goal is to raise $35,000 for Spark for these 40 projects:

Addison Central Teens has requested $3,000 to support its teens’ work towards building a more inclusive community. The organization’s participants are excited to collaborate with other community groups to retrofit a school bus into a mobile hair salon (aka the Hair Bus), to be utilized by Black friends and neighbors in Addison County. County to be served: Addison

Big Heavy World has requested $3,000 to support Make Music VT 2023, which will build community, foster economic development, and increase social capital statewide and locally by coordinating free concerts in 50 VT towns on World Music Day. Counties to be served: Statewide

Bixby Memorial Free Library has requested $2,525 to support the LEGO Robotics Club and its first LEGO Robotics Teams. The library aims to attract, engage, and inspire youth in its five rural towns by launching and growing a Bixby Library LEGO Robotics Club and creating its first two Robotics teams for a 2022 competition. County to be served: Addison

Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center (BEEC) has requested $3,000 to support the Teen Naturalist Club. BEEC will provide mentors and a peer community for teens who are interested in the natural world by programming a series of outings and activities that will foster connectivity with each other and the local environment. County to be served: Windham

Brattleboro Housing Opportunities, Inc. (for the Brattleboro Housing Partnership) has requested $3,000 to support Ledgewood Heights Outdoor Activities. The Brattleboro Housing Partnership will build outdoor activity areas for resident children, involving residents in the design process. The areas will inspire pride and respect in the community and provide a space for positive community interaction. County to be served: Windham

Burlington School District has requested $1,636 to support Youth-ukuleles, a new music afterschool program connecting youth across difference and fostering engagement in musical activities. County to be served: Chittenden

Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO) has requested $3,000 to support the Champlain Street Pocket Park. CVOEO and Burlington Parks, Recreation, & Waterfront will revitalize a King Street neighborhood lot into a natural space with community gardens, pollinator friendly plantings, edible landscaping, and a children’s play area. The ADA-compliant park will include benches, tables, and lighting. County to be served: Chittenden

Come Alive Outside has requested $3,000 to support reimagining of the Pinecone Adventure Forest Trail, transforming an interactive trail into a multigenerational experience that engages the imagination, fosters curiosity, and inspires learning. County to be served: Rutland

Community Senior Center of Richmond, Huntington, and Bolton has requested $1,200 to support two new offerings for its community: adaptive kayaking and a grief support group. The Center seeks to make it possible for lower income seniors to participate for free in these activities. County to be served: Chittenden

Fairfield Community Center Association (FCCA) has requested $3,000 to support Gathering Ground: Fairfield Playing for a Lifetime, Together. FCCA’s “playing for a lifetime” vision includes a safe and secure playground for ages 2-5 with natural structures that encourage imaginative play. With the completion of the playground, FCCA will safely host gathering opportunities for all ages. County to be served: Franklin

Flynn Center for the Performing Arts has requested $3,000 to support SoundCheck: a Social Justice Themed Youth Popular Music Ensemble. SoundCheck is a band of high school musicians and singers working with music educators, singer-songwriters, and anti-racist educators to develop original material that tackles racism, injustice, and hate. The band will perform and facilitate workshops using music to spark dialogue, action, and awareness. County to be served: Washington

Friends of Stowe Adaptive Sports (FSAS) has requested $3,000 to support Rock Climbing without Barriers. FSAS will offer an adaptive rock climbing clinic to train coaches and volunteers from three partner organizations (MetroRocks, StoweRocks, and Elevate), expanding access to this sport to individuals with disabilities in Northern Vermont. Counties to be served: Caledonia, Chittenden, Lamoille, Orleans, Washington

Friends of the Fletcher Free Library has requested $3,000 to support the Kit Keeper Vermont Expansion Project, providing bags to share book discussion kits with libraries throughout the state, sharing resources and connecting communities through their local libraries. Counties to be served: Statewide

Friends of Tucker Mountain has requested $2,000 to support development of the Tucker Mountain Town Forest Children’s StoryWalk®, providing a fun, educational experience for children. County to be served: Orange

Gallop to Success has requested $2,500 to support its scholarship program, providing nurturing, life changing experiences for lower income and at-risk youth through horses and farm life. County to be served: Bennington

Green Mountain Book Festival has requested $3,000 to support festival activities, scheduled for September 23-25, 2022, at the Fletcher Free Library in Burlington. The Green Mountain Book Festival will include 3 days of literary artistry, hosting a varied group of authors and community programs. Counties to be served: Statewide, Chittenden

Heritage Winooski Mill Museum has requested $3,000 to support Welcome Blanket Textile Workshops. The Museum will host a series of knit and crochet workshops for East African Refugee women, fostering a sense of empowerment and inviting participation in the national Welcome Blanket project. County to be served: Chittenden

Inclusive Arts Vermont has requested $3,000 to support the Arts First Pilot, supporting childcare providers in meeting the increasing mental health and behavioral needs of children through arts-based social and emotional learning activities. Counties to be served: Statewide

Jay/Westfield Joint Elementary School has requested $3,000 to support the Jay/Westfield Joint Elementary School Greenhouse. The school will provide educational opportunities by constructing a greenhouse for growing seedlings to be planted in the school garden. The greenhouse will create an alternative learning space where students can engage with the whole growing process. County to be served: Orleans

King Street Laundry has requested $3,000 to support the commission of a local artist to create a mural on the outside of the Laundromat, contributing to the structure’s transformation as a vibrant community space. The mural seeks to energize the space and help foster a sense of community solidarity. County to be served: Chittenden

Milestone Adventures has requested $3,000 to support the Growing Peace Project, expanding and strengthening out-of-school learning opportunities for children and their families through a collaborative, experiential, and nature-based program. Counties to be served: Caledonia, Orange

Newbury Elementary School has requested $3,000 to support the creation of a work of art at the entrance to its school forest space. A Vermont teaching artist will work with students, teachers, and community members to design and create the piece of art. County to be served: Orange

North Branch Nature Center (NBNC) has requested $2,635 to support Climb Away! Enhancing the Nature Playscape at NBNC. NBNC will add climbing structures to the Nature Playscape, a space where children play, learn, and engage their curiosities. Counties to be served: Statewide; Washington

Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) has requested $3,000 to support Community Building and Fostering Land Stewardship of Vermont’s Working Landscape. In the summer of 2023, NOFA-VT will offer six on-farm pizza socials on working farms to increase agricultural literacy and expand the network of relationships through in-person experiences. Counties to be served: Statewide

Parks Place Community Resource Center has requested $3,000 to support the Recovery Resource Navigator Program, offering people in recovery one-on-one support and navigation with available social service resources led by a certified peer-recovery coach. Counties to be served: Windham, Windsor

Rural ARTS Collaborative has requested $3,000 to support gatherings at the Craftsbury Community Greenspace, bringing people from across town to gather, make wood-fired localvore pizzas, meet new people, and enjoy nature. Counties to be served: Caledonia, Orleans

SafeArt has requested $3,000 to support the Peer Education Program, monthly peer education groups during the school year that provide an alternative learning environment focused on supporting students in the exploration of purpose and connection, and by creating space that fosters empowerment. Counties to be served: Orange, Washington, Windsor

South End Arts & Business Association (SEABA) Exhibitions has requested $3,000 to support the South End Art Hop - “Art Pops!,” a series of outdoor pop-up art installations created by new and emerging local artists. Artists will be provided with access to space and funds to support installation costs. County to be served: Chittenden

Stepping Stones Preschool has requested $1,294 to support the introduction of high-quality, hands-on science and environmental education programs into its preschool classroom, connecting children to the wonders of nature. Programs will be developed collaboratively with the Grafton Nature Museum. County to be served: Windsor

Sundog Poetry Center has requested $2,800 to support Share Your Heart, Share the World, a cross-high school day of poetry in community. The event will bring high school students together to learn, write, and present in the company of local and nationally-recognized poets. Counties to be served: Statewide

The 8th House has requested $3,000 to support the 8th House Arts Residency, building community and facilitating cross-cultural exchange by hosting a diverse group of visual artists and curators at a residency program in Rochester, VT. Counties to be served: Addison, Rutland, Windsor

The Root Social Justice Center has requested $3,000 to revitalize BIPOC Soul Food Sunday. In support of Black, Indigenous, and other people of color (BIPOC) in Brattleboro and the surrounding area, the Root will host monthly gatherings to build relationships, heal, and encourage support. County to be served: Windham

Threshold Collaborative has requested $3,000 to support Beyond Testimony: Tragic Spectatorship & Trauma Survivors as Agents of Change, a series of performances comprised of monologues written by the Voices of St. Joseph’s Orphanage Writers’ Group and performed by professional actors. Counties to be served: Statewide, Chittenden, Essex, Washington

Town of Brownington has requested $3,000 to support monthly community events, providing a relaxed environment for neighbors to meet each other, share a meal, listen to music, share resources, and strengthen community spirit. County to be served: Orleans

Town of Lyndon has requested $3,000 to support a sculptural public art installation at the Sanborn Covered Bridge. This collaborative project will result in a public art sculpture that will welcome visitors and residents into Riverfront Park and downtown Lyndonville. County to be served: Caledonia

Trinity Educational Center has requested $2,500 to support the South Burlington winter program with Infinite Teen Center, a series of mentorship workshops and experiential field trips to connect teens with BIPOC leaders in the community. Youth will be provided insight, guidance, and exposure to career opportunities. County to be served: Chittenden

Twinfield Together Mentoring Program has requested $3,000 to support its peer leadership program, providing youth with the opportunity to identify a need within their community and take action to make a difference. Peer leaders strengthen community connections within the school and with local community organizations in need. County to be served: Washington

Vermont Association of the Deaf has requested $3,000 to support the Yolande Henry Community Fund. The Fund seeks to unite the Deaf, DeafBlind, and hearing communities by providing equitable communication access at otherwise inaccessible community events and gatherings. Counties to be served: Statewide

Waterbury Roundabout has requested $3,000 to support the outlet’s growth and sustainability. The Roundabout has been a community news outlet for two years and, over the next year, seeks to incorporate business sponsors and advertising onto their website to ensure sustainability. County to be served: Washington

Westford Common Hall has requested $3,000 to increase positive social connectivity in the community by creating a "place of possibility," a visual arts center illustrating kindness and generosity toward others. Counties to be served: Chittenden, Franklin

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The Northeast Kingdom Fund

The Northeast Kingdom Fund supports projects and ideas that benefit the people and communities of the Northeast Kingdom. We are seeking $45,000 to help us fund these 22 NEK proposals:

Bend Revitalization Initiative has requested $5,000 to hold community forums, engaging youth and families in reimagining programs and events at Greensboro Bend Park in anticipation of the new Rail Trail—scheduled to open in 2023—which will run through the park property. County to be served: Orleans 

Canaan Schools has requested $5,000 to engage families of young children in a weekly literacy-based playgroup, strengthening relationships and providing community support links with area agencies. County to be served: Essex

Center for an Agricultural Economy has requested $5,000 to support Produce to Pantries, a partnership between CAE, farms, and food pantries to purchase over 30,000 lbs. of locally-grown produce for distribution at sites in Hardwick, Craftsbury, and Albany. Counties to be served: Caledonia, Orleans

Craftsbury Saplings has requested $5,000 to support work with an architect to create a conceptual design for an expanded childcare center. The center’s expansion seeks to support job growth, families, and community vitality. Counties to be served: Caledonia, Lamoille, Orleans

Dailey Memorial Library has requested $3,469 to support a partnership with NorthWoods Stewardship Center to establish two permanent StoryWalk® installations, showcasing up to 12 children's books per year. County to be served: Orleans 

Danville Senior Action Center has requested $1,800 to promote greater senior participation in its dining room meals and offered activities, as well decreased contagion for all who share the space, by purchasing an air purifier. County to be served: Caledonia

Encore After School and Summer Programs of the North Country Supervisory Union has requested $5,000 to support high school youth with training and guidance when visiting NCSU elementary afterschool programs to offer service-learning opportunities. Counties to be served: Essex, Orleans

The Food Sovereignty and Business Task Force of the Town of Brownington has requested $5,000 to support the Brownington Harvest Market, connecting local agricultural producers, businesses, and community members to increased local food and business resiliency, and catalyzing further community connection. County to be served: Orleans

Friends of Dog Mountain has requested $3,950 to support the creation of a fenced-in area on the Dog Mountain property, providing dogs and dog owners in the NEK with a safe space to play, socialize, and build community in the outdoors. Counties to be served: Statewide, Caledonia

Get Thee to the Funnery has requested $5,000 to support “What’s Past is Prologue,” a community celebration of theater history that will include live events, an exhibition, recorded interviews, and video. Counties to be served: Caledonia, Orleans, Washington

Greater Barton Arts Incorporated has requested $4,600 to support completion of its kitchen renovation, ensuring the organization continues to serve as a center of community activity. Counties to be served: Caledonia, Essex, Orleans

Green Mountain United Way has requested $5,000 to support expansion of the Working Bridges program, introducing Farmers to You and the 185 Fund to the NEK. Counties to be served: Caledonia, Essex, Orange, Orleans, Washington

John Woodruff Simpson Memorial Library has requested $5,000 to offer a series of workshops and programs to support and benefit families and childcare providers in the Craftsbury area. County to be served: Orleans 

Lyndon Institute has requested $3,000 to host a Career and Apprenticeship Fair for high school students. The Fair will connect students with employers, as well as certificate and apprenticeship programs. Counties to be served: Caledonia, Essex, Orleans

Northern Border Running Club has requested $5,000 to provide free, family-friendly races in communities around the NEK, bolstering support of local businesses and strengthening community connection. Counties to be served: Essex, Orleans

Northern Forest Canoe Trail has requested $5,000 to permanently protect access to NorthWoods Landing, a boat launch and campsite located along the Clyde River in East Charleston used for youth programing and family outings. County to be served: Essex

Orleans County Historical Society has requested $5,000 to support the hiring of three NEK middle school students for the 2023 summer as youth museum professionals at the Old Stone House Museum & Historic Village. Counties to be served: Caledonia, Orleans

Rural ARTS Collaborative has requested $5,000 to support, educate, and empower youth through group mentorship, introducing skills and concepts that excite them to try new things and develop confidence. Counties to be served: Caledonia, Orleans

Taproot Farm & Environmental Education Center has requested $4,934 to support and further develop the Farm & Forest Fridays program at the Lunenburg Elementary School, a weekly program that connects students to place and each other. County to be served: Essex 

The Civic Standard has requested $5,000 to bring together disparate Hardwick citizens to reflect and rejuvenate cultural life by operating a centrally located space for community-driven events and programs. Counties to be served: Caledonia, Orleans

Town of Lyndon has requested $5,000 to install a public art sculpture at the historic Sanborn Covered Bridge, welcoming visitors and residents into Riverfront Park and downtown Lyndonville. County to be served: Caledonia

The Trust for Public Land, in partnership with the Burke Conservation Commission, has requested $5,000 to support acquisition of 283 acres of forestland for the creation of a new, town-owned community forest. County to be served: Caledonia

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