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Canaday Family Charitable Trust Grant

Grants to Vermont Nonprofits to Improve the Lives of Children,
Advance Economic Opportunity, and Protect the Environment

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Canaday Family Charitable Trust

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Grants to Vermont nonprofits for programs and projects that aim to improve the lives of families and children, promote conservation and environmental education, and advance economic development. Funding is intended for creative and original programs with clear, measurable goals for making unique and significant improvements in the lives of children and in the environment.

More details on the program areas are as follows:

- Children and Youth Services: Grant areas include, but are not limited to, children's education, health, housing, and insofar as it is in keeping with the Trust's charitable nature, advocacy for children. Projects may directly benefit Vermont children, or might engage in public education on children's issues or in research to identify, characterize, and measure children's needs.

- Environment: Grant areas include, but are not limited to, quality of land, water, and air, land use, waste disposal, biodiversity, sustainability, community involvement, and education. Vermont already has some of the most stringent environmental laws in the country; research into non-regulatory means of achieving environmental goals is encouraged.

- Economic Opportunity: Consistent with its support for programs that benefit Vermont’s children, the Trust’s newest area of interest makes grants to programs that increase the standard of living for Vermont families. This has included job training programs, community organizing for affordable health care, and programs that encourage affordable housing and development. Programs supported share the Trust’s value of responsible environmental stewardship.

- The Foundation prefers to fund projects that are Vermont-grown and Vermont-focused. Projects that duplicate or extend work done in other states, or that carry Vermont-based work outside the state are of less interest than projects that spring from the unique physical, human, and political landscape of Vermont.
- The Foundation prefers to fund special projects or new initiatives. They provide operating funding for existing organizations by invitation only. Proposals for funding for capital purchases (e.g., equipment) are considered.
- The Foundation is open to experimental projects even when a successful outcome is not assured, provided the impact of the projects is significant. The Foundation believes that a failed project that discovers why it failed may in the long run be more valuable than a successful project that learns nothing from its success.
- Specificity, clarity, and brevity are encouraged.
- A proposal for a school curriculum project should identify teachers, administrators, parents, and others who have requested and will be prepared to support the project.
- Familiarity with programs previously funded by the Canaday Family Charitable Trust is assumed and proposals for similar work should explain how that work expands or improves previously funded work.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178426

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation supports organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are not classified as private foundations under Section 509(a) of the Code.

The Foundation does not award grants to individuals, capital campaigns, or endowments.

When a project has activities partly inside and partly outside of Vermont (for example, the project's boundaries are watershed-driven, as opposed to political), the Foundation will consider funding the Vermont portion of the project, but other funding must be found for the non-Vermont portion.

Pre-Application Information:

Letters of Inquiry are due February 1.

Organizations in which the Foundation is interested will be contacted and invited to submit a formal grant proposal. The Foundation awards grants in July.

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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 should be directed to:

The Canaday Family Charitable Trust
c/o Christine O'Donnell
U.S. Trust
114 West 47th St., 10th floor
New York, NY 10036


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Geographic Focus:

USA: Vermont