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Vermont Children's Trust Fund (VCTF) Grants

Grants to Vermont Nonprofits, Agencies, and
Schools for Services that Benefit Children and Youth

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Vermont Children's Trust Foundation (VCTF)

Deadline Date:

04/01/20 Midnight


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Grants to Vermont nonprofit organizations, public entities, and schools to improve or expand services that benefit children and youth, from birth to age 18. Funding is intended for primary prevention programs that will reduce the chances of juvenile delinquency, substance abuse, truancy, child abuse, and other socially destructive behaviors, before intervention by authorities, through strength-based activities in a community-based setting. Grants are available for new programs or expansions and enhancements of existing programs.

Two Types of CTF Grants:

  • One-Year Grants: These grants are available to support planning and implementation of a new program or to enhance or expand an existing program. All one-year grant recipients are required to participate in cultural competency discussions with their staff. .  
  • Equipment Grants: These grants are available to help grantees purchase equipment or supplies.  

Proposals should address one of the following State Outcomes:

  • Vermont's families are safe, nurturing, stable and supported
  • Vermont's children and young people achieve their potential.

In addition to the State Outcomes, applicants should incorporate one or more of the following Strengthening Family Protective Factors or Youth Thrive Protective and Promotive Factors in their grant application:

  • Parental Resilience
  • Youth Resilience
  • Social Connections
  • Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development
  • Knowledge of Adolescent Development
  • Concrete Support in Times of Need
  • Cognitive, Social and Emotional Competence of Children 

Programs should:  

  • Affirm and promote positive family functioning;
  • Work to positively impact societal forces that affect parents, children and youth;
  • Strive for coordinated and effective youth services, including service to at-risk youth
  • Promote racial equity and reduction of race disparities

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179136

Estimated Size of Grant:

- The maximum grant amount for a one-year grant is $10,000.
- The maximum amount for an equipment grant is $2,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Private non-profit organizations, schools, and public entities (town government, etc.) may apply.    

In addition:
- VCTF will not fund organizations that discriminate against certain groups or individuals in the delivery of programs and service on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation or disability.
- Programs must be open to all and not targeted exclusively to a group that has come to the attention of authorities.
- Participation in programs is voluntary and cannot be mandated by authorities.
- VCTF does not fund construction projects.
- If your organization is currently receiving VCTF grant funds for a program, you may not apply for another grant for that program until the end of the existing grant (even if you plan to expand or enhance that program). You may, however, apply for a different program.
- Applicants must be in good standing with respect to, or in full compliance with, all taxes due the State of Vermont.
- All regulated child care programs must be in good regulatory standing with the Child Development Division in order to receive funding.
- Applicants must have completed all reports for any previous VCTF grants awarded.

Equipment grant guidelines:
- Equipment must be transferrable. The Foundation does not fund trampolines; climbing structures with overhead monkey bars or more than 3 swings per bay; items in which children cannot be seen when in use, i.e., playhouse; baby walkers; tricycles with spokes.
- Programs who have received an equipment grant within the last two years are not eligible to apply this year.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant applications are due on or before midnight, Wednesday, April 1 2020. Notifications will be sent in June.

Online Application Portal instructions:

Contact Information:

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

Register and apply online:

For questions about the grant application please contact

95 St. Paul St., Ste 330
Burlington, VT 05401
Toll-free: 888-475-5437

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