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Funding Now Available through the Vermont Community Foundation’s Spark Connecting Community Grant Program

SparkWest Newbury Hall Committee

Funding is now available for organizations and projects across the state of Vermont through the Spark Connecting Community competitive grant program at the Vermont Community Foundation. Spark supports emerging grassroots projects that nurture community and build social capital—the connective tissue of our communities. Spark values community resilience and strength, increased civic engagement, and collaboration among organizations.

The program will accept applications from hyperlocal, place-based projects or statewide/regional projects that support a community of individuals with a shared identity or interest. In 2024, Spark will prioritize place-making initiatives in under-represented counties in grantmaking. Priority consideration will be given to:

  • Applications from Essex, Grand Isle, and Franklin counties
  • Applicants with operating budgets of $500,000 or less

Spark awards grants of $500 to $5,000. First-time grant writers are encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted through 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2, 2024.

The Spark Connecting Community grant program will offer one competitive grant round in 2024. Visit to learn more and apply.