Green Mountain Fund

The Green Mountain Fund was established at the Vermont Community Foundation in 1993 to support charitable activities in Lamoille County. Grantmaking has since been expanded to include Orleans County and neighboring communities and counties.

What We Fund

The Green Mountain Fund prioritizes projects where a modest grant will make an impact by leveraging a new idea or other dollars. Secondarily, the fund is interested in providing support for proven ideas or concepts that fit within the focus areas. This may include a request to support general operating, or new or continued programmatic work.

Focus areas include:

  • Increase access to opportunity for low-income youth and families
  • Connect people to the environment around them in ways that encourage stewardship and respect
  • Sustainability
  • Assisting in meeting Vermont’s climate change goal
  • Food security, farming, local food production
  • Encourage community engagement and stronger sense of connection and belonging
  • Increase health and wellness of children and families

What We Don't Fund

In general, the Fund is not interested in supporting capital campaigns, deficit funding, or expenses that have already been incurred.

Who May Apply

Eligible applicants must be nonprofit organizations, schools, municipal entities who service area includes Lamoille or Orleans County or its neighboring communities. Applicants who employ staff and provide services must do so without discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

All applicants to programs at the Vermont Community Foundation must meet these guidelines.

Grant Size

The Green Mountain Fund makes grants ranging from $500-$5,000.

Deadline and Notification

The Green Mountain Fund has no deadline—you may apply anytime through our Online Grants Manager. The Green Mountain Fund review committee, made up of donor advisors to the fund, evaluates all applications and makes funding recommendations to the Foundation. 

Notification is usually made six to eight weeks after submission. Please plan accordingly when submitting your proposal—if your proposal is time sensitive, contact Foundation staff in advance of submission. 


Application Process

All applications must be submitted electronically. Visit our Online Grants Center page to learn how and to register for a new account. Or click here to access your existing account.

To help you prepare, click here to preview a sample of the application. Please note that this is a PDF sample and not the actual application. To view and begin working on the application, login to the Online Grants Manager (OGM), which can be accessed at