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Vermont Economic Justice Program

Grants to Vermont Nonprofits to Promote
Equity in Impoverished Communities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Ben and Jerry’s Foundation

Deadline Date:

07/01/20 5:00 EST


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Grants of up to $20,000 to Vermont nonprofit organizations for projects and activities to promote equity in impoverished communities. Eligible organizations are those that address the areas of resolving the social, environmental, and economic impacts of poverty. Applications are invited from organizations that work through a lens of equity and social justice. Funding will support innovative programs that foster fundamental change within the state.

Areas of interest include: 

  • 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

Ben and Jerry's will prioritize programs that work to involve and give voice to constituents most impacted by the problem they seek to address.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167198

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Ben & Jerry’s Foundation offers competitive grants of up to $20,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation can only fund non-profit organizations.

Organizations may receive grants from Ben & Jerry’s Foundation through a fiscal agent with 501(c)(3) status if they do not have the status of their own. A letter of intention from the fiscal agent is required along with their IRS determination letter with the submittal of your full proposal.

Organizations with operating budgets under $1 Million are preferred.

Areas Not Funded:
-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
-Direct services to individuals

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals may be submitted through the online application process, from April 30th. The deadline for submissions has been extended to Monday July 1st, 2020 at 5pm EST for review in September.

Grant recipients will be invited to make a presentation to Ben & Jerry’s Employees at some time during the grant year.


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


Ben & Jerry’s Foundation, Inc.
30 Community Drive
South Burlington, VT 05403

The Ben & Jerry's Foundation does not accept grant applications via mail. Mailed requests will not be acknowledged.

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