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Grants to Vermont Non-Profits and Others for
Programs Addressing the Needs of Community Residents

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The Vermont Community Foundation

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Grants ranging from $10,000 to $20,000 to Vermont non-profit organizations, schools, and municipal entities that are seeking financial assistance for innovative, high-quality programs that address the needs of community residents. Letter of Interest are due by January 9, 2015.

This program funds projects that: collaborate with other organizations across issues, sectors, or regions; create a learning culture that strives for constant improvement and innovation; work to understand and evaluate the impact of their work; look at and address the root causes of issues or problems in Vermont; engage their constituencies in ways that are new to their organizations; and involve their constituents in direct decision-making and leadership roles.

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GrantWatch ID#: 149234

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants will likely be in the range of $10,000 - $20,000.

Term of Contract:

Multi-year funding is available but not guaranteed.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grant applications will be accepted from organizations that are located in, or serve the people of, Vermont.

Organizations must be tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or be a public agency or municipality in the state of Vermont. Non-profit organizations or community groups that do not have 501(c)(3) status may apply for grant awards if another tax-exempt organization acts as a fiscal sponsor.

Applicants must employ staff and provide services without discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, etc.

Typically, applications will be accepted from one lead organization in association with one or more additional partner organizations. Under exceptional circumstances, organizations may apply without partner organizations; their proposal will be considered if it otherwise meets the criteria above.

Note: Given the focus of the Foundation's resources on Food and Farm issues in our Big Impact program, the Foundation is providing limited funding through its other grant programs towards local food sourcing to low income Vermonters. If you have a project related to local food, food insecure populations, or Farm to School, please contact one of the Foundation's grant staff to discuss its eligibility before applying.

- capital campaigns
- debt reduction
- expenses that have already been incurred
- programs with religious purposes
- indirect expenses beyond 10% of the cost of the project

Pre-proposal Conference:

Watch the 14-minute section of a video from the Foundation's winter Grantseeker Forum that gives an overview of this grant program. Information about Innovations and Collaborations begins around 34 minutes in.

Click here to access the Forum:

Scroll to the bottom of the page to view the powerpoint slides.

Pre-Application Information:

Because this grant program is highly competitive, the Foundation developed a two-stage application process using the Online Grants Manager. Applicants submit a short Letter of Interest (LOI) online that requires a 2,000 character (@300 word) summary. These are evaluated by Foundation staff, and a limited number of organizations are invited to submit a full application (funding is not guaranteed).

Organizations may only submit one Innovations and Collaborations LOI/application as a lead organization per calendar year, whether or not the organization’s application was funded. Organizations may be part of applications as a partner organization for more than one project during a single grant round, or multiple projects within a calendar year.

Click here to preview the LOI guidelines:

All LOIs must be submitted electronically via the Online Grants Manager. Visit the online grants center (at: to learn more about how to use the Grants Manager, including accessing your existing account or registering for the first time. The electronic LOI form will be available after logging in to your account.

First Round Deadlines for 2015:
Letter of Interest due: January 9, 2015
Full application due: February 6, 2015

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Christopher Kaufman
Phone: 802-388-3355 ext. 295

Note: If you have questions about the Online Grants Manager, please contact Lauren Bruno, Program and Grants Associate, at or 802-388-3355 ext. 222.

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