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Montpelier Community Fund (MCF) Grant

Grants to Vermont Nonprofits, Arts Organizations,
and Artists for Community Benefit and Arts Events

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City of Montpelier - Montpelier Community Fund (MCF)

Deadline Date:

11/30/20 Midnight


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Grants to Vermont nonprofit organizations, arts organizations, and individual artists in eligible locations to positively impact the local community and to carry out specific arts events. Funding is intended for general operating support, project grants, and program support. Eligible projects and events must benefit the residents of Montpelier.

The MCF offers two types of grants: General Community Fund and Arts Grants. The Arts Grants are designed to support specific art-related events (or series of events) to benefit the community. General Community Fund grants support operating budgets or specific projects of local community service and related organizations.

Applicants must indicate what kind of funding request they are making: general operating, program, or project. General operating is intended to be used toward the general mission of the organization. Program support is restricted funding for an ongoing program of the organization. A project grant is intended for a one-time or specific project. All are acceptable and no preference is given to any of these choices.

Grant Award Criteria:

The MCF Board considers the following criteria in awarding funds:

  1. The extent to which the grant will benefit Montpelier, its residents, and the public good –
    1. By effectively addressing basic human needs; or
    2. By enhancing the quality, vitality, and sustainability of life in Montpelier.
  2. The extent to which the applicant has raised, can raise, or can leverage funds from other sources.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165428

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Arts Grants are typically $1,000 or less.

Term of Contract:

Grants are for FY 2022 (7/1/21 - 6/30/22).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Private, non-profit organizations that benefit the residents of Montpelier are eligible to apply to the MCF. In addition, MCF will make arts grant awards to arts organizations and individual artists for specific events.

Any organization or person who petitions to place an article requesting funds on the 2021 City ballot is not eligible for MCF funding in FY 2022.

Pre-Application Information:

FY21-22 Grant Cycle Dates:
- November 30, 2020 (midnight) - Applications Due
- January 2021 - Community Fund Board Recommendations to City Council
- March 2, 2021 (Town Meeting) - Vote on City Budget (including community fund grants)
- August 2021 - Grant Award payments are processed by the City after the first property tax installment due date of August 15. Awards greater than $10,000 will be paid in two installments, one after August 15 and the second after November 15.

Contact Information:

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

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Questions regarding the Montpelier Community Fund may be directed to the City Manager's office:
Mary Smith

City of Montpelier
39 Main St.
Montpelier, VT 05602-2950

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