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The Thomas Thompson Trust Grant

Grants to Dutchess County, New York and Windham County,
Vermont Nonprofits for Community Benefit Programming

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The Thomas Thompson Trust

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Grants to Dutchess County, New York and Windham County, Vermont nonprofit organizations that work to promote education, health, or general civic or social betterment. Funding is also intended for disadvantaged women working as seamstresses or factory workers. Priority will be given to organizations benefitting the Town of Brattleboro of Windham County, Vermont, or in the Town of Rhinebeck of Dutchess County, New York.

Additionally, the Trustees will continue to place particular emphasis on healthcare and other social services, as well as the composition of an organization's governing board which should include people from diverse backgrounds, professions, and occupations who are active and visible in the community served.

Please note that applications for grants to cover operating expenses are generally declined. The Trustees recognize, however, that funds provided for special purposes may be a factor in balancing the budget for that year. "Special purposes" include innovative programs instituted by the organization or projects that are designed to enhance its future viability and the continuity of its work. It is anticipated that such programs and projects will, if successful, receive ongoing support from sources other than the Trust.

The Trustees look favorably upon collaboration and synergy that may exist between small organizations operating in the same geographic area, particularly if they have common purposes and routinely share ideas, referrals, staff and facilities to gain operating efficiencies and strengthen program outcomes.

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GrantWatch ID#: 178713

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Thompson Trust limits its distribution of funds to to charitable organizations located in Windham County, Vermont, (primarily the Town of Brattleboro) or in Dutchess County, New York (primarily the Town of Rhinebeck) which predominately serve residents located in those areas.

Grant requests will generally not be considered if the organization has not been in continuous operation serving the community during the three years immediately preceding the application. The Trustees will give careful consideration to the perceived ability of the organization's management to maintain a balanced budget and to gather expanding support from the community at large.

Assistance is not provided to individuals except to women from an occupation mentioned in the 1867 will of Thomas Thompson.* It is expected that any qualifying applicant must have been a long-term resident of the Town from which she applies and over a prolonged period shall have derived a substantial part of her income from such occupation.

* The applicable provision of the will reads in part as follows: "...for, or towards the relief and support of poor seamstresses, needlewomen and shop girls who may be in temporary need from want of employment, sickness or misfortune, in the Towns of Brattleboro, Vermont, and Rhinebeck, Dutchess County, New York..." In the parlance of that day, "shop girls" were factory workers.

Pre-Application Information:


The Trustees will frequently require an applicant organization to seek funds to match a grant from the Trust. Such challenge grants have proven to be an incentive to organizations to develop other funding sources in the community and at the same time, to raise public awareness of their programs and activities.

Applications are due January 5, April 1, July 1, and October 1, 2018.

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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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For more information please contact Susan T. Monahan, Grants Coordinator at:
Phone: 617-951-1108
Address: c/o Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster
160 Federal Street, 15th Floor
Boston, MA 02110-1700

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York: Dutchess County, with priority given to the Town of Rhinebeck;   Vermont: Windham County, with priority given to the Town of Brattleboro