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Vermont Economic Justice Program

Grants to Vermont Nonprofits to Promote Social
Justice and Address the Impacts of Poverty

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Ben and Jerry’s Foundation

Deadline Date:

07/01/21 5:00 EST


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Grants to Vermont nonprofit organizations to promote equity and social justice. Funding is intended to address the environmental, social, and economic impacts of poverty. Focus areas include housing, health care, nutrition, criminal justice, education, job access, and workers' rights.

Each summer, the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation offers competitive grants to Vermont-based, non-profit organizations working to address the economic, social, and environmental impacts of poverty. The Foundation will seek out innovative programs that are working toward fundamental change in Vermont and that approach their work through the lens of social justice and equity.

Funding preference will be given to organizations whose areas of interest may include, but are not limited to:

  • Equity in education
  • Access to safe and affordable housing
  • Criminal justice reform
  • Access to jobs with livable wages
  • Workers’ rights
  • Access to affordable health care and
  • Access to healthy and affordable food

The Foundation will prioritize programs that work to involve and give voice to those who are most impacted by the problem the organization seeks to address. Grant recipients will be invited to make a presentation to Ben & Jerry’s Employees at some time during the grant year.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167198

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $20,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be considered for funding, each applicant organization must be:
- Located in Vermont
- A Non-Profit 501(c)3 organization or represented by a fiscal agent with 501(c)(3) status

Organizations with operating budgets under $1 million are preferred.

The Foundation can not consider requests for:
- Programs that solely provide direct services to individuals
- Discretionary or emergency requests
- Schools or programs for schools
- Colleges or universities
- Individuals or scholarship programs
- Research, litigation or legal expenses
- Capital or endowment campaigns
- State agencies or government-sponsored programs
- Businesses or business associations
- Religious activities
- Other foundations or regranting organizations
- Organizations or programs that are focused or based outside the state of Vermont

This grant program is designed to support the economic justice work that impacted communities are meaningfully engaged in, rather than the services that are rendered to assist individuals in need. Some elements of social service may appear within the scope of the organization’s programming, but this grant does not offer support to programs that are focused solely on those service-based activities.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: July 1, 2021

The grantmaking meeting takes place in mid-September and the Foundation tries to send out the notification of the decision by the end of September.

The Vermont Economic Justice grants are offered one cycle per year. The program is highly competitive, and as such the Foundation does limit funding to three cycles, at which point the Foundation requests that grant partners take a two-year break from re-applying through this process.

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