Grants ranging from $500 to $1,000 to Cavendish, Vermont nonprofit organizations, public institutions, and individuals to enhance the quality of life in the local community. Funding supports educational, cultural, and artistic projects, programs, and events that benefit the local community in some way.
The Fund has helped finance plays, workshops, and classroom events. It has contributed to the renovation of library and classroom spaces for better learning environments. It helped the Tropical Storm Irene recovery by supporting a fundraising concert. It helped clean gravestones, dig for archeological artifacts, conduct open studios, show films, coordinate summer concerts, organize health training, and more.
By granting modest sums, the Community Fund seeks to assist local organizations in building stronger community relationships and quality of life in Cavendish. The projects, programs or events that the Fund will normally consider are education in its broadest sense, cultural events and the promotion of the arts.
The projects, programs or events that the Fund considers are those that deal with education in its broadest sense and can include such areas as land preservation and development, historic preservation, education and promotion of the arts. The types of projects, programs or events may be wide-ranging and include special initiatives, seed money for pilot projects or new organizations, capital funds, and matching and challenge grants.
The fund strongly encourages collaborative efforts amongst various groups, organizations and individuals, which include at least one Cavendish group or organization, for an event, project or program that will enjoy broad community support and that will positively impact the quality of life within the community.
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
Additional Eligibility Criteria
The Fund accepts applications from private, nonprofit organizations that are tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, other nonprofit organizations, public institutions or individuals. The fund encourages individuals to partner with a local tax exempt organization.
The organization and the project, program or event to be funded must be located in the Town of Cavendish, Vermont.
The Community Fund will consider applications that are wide ranging but will not normally consider funding an organization’s ongoing operations.
The Fund will not provide direct support for efforts such as endowment campaigns; individual projects, fellowships or scholarships; or programs run by profit making ventures, businesses or organizations.
The Cavendish Community Fund is now accepting grant applications for fall 2017 grant awards. The deadline for applying is October 15th. Applications that miss that date will be considered in the spring.
Prior to submitting a formal application, organizations may make inquiry as to their eligibility to apply. The fund encourages pre-application questions.
The Fund will notify all applicants by mail of its decision about 4 weeks after the deadline.
Estimated Size of Grant
Although the Fund places no limit on the amount that an applicant may request, most awards will be within the $500 - $1,000 range. Grants will rarely exceed these amounts although, on occasion, the Fund may make an exceptional grant to a particularly worthwhile project.
Peter LaBelle, Treasurer
Cavendish Community Fund
P.O. Box 605
Cavendish, VT 05142