Our Grantmaking

The mission of the Vermont Women’s Fund is to help all Vermont women and girls to rise and thrive. Since our founding, we have granted over $3 million toward our mission. Women’s economic security—the ability of women to support themselves and their families—is a critical part of what we mean by “rise and thrive.” It is also critical for the health and vitality of Vermont communities.

What We Fund

To achieve a deep and strategic impact, the Vermont Women’s Fund will continue to focus our grantmaking on an area highlighted by the research of our primary initiative, Change The Story: namely, women and girls on the pathway to viable careers. We see significant funding gaps in this area and believe the Vermont Women’s Fund and its charitable capital are uniquely positioned to make a difference.

We will consider proposals that

  • make pathways to viable careers more visible, accessible, and affordable for young women and girls, or
  • invest in the economic security and career prospects of low-income employed women workers.

Our competitive grant program awards one-year grants of up to $10,000 to support growth-stage efforts and programs seeking funding to pilot a model, demonstrate effectiveness, or expand program delivery. In response to exceptional proposals that include compelling evidence that multi-year support would catalyze greater change and leverage greater funds and/or leadership, growth-stage programs may receive a two-year funding commitment.

The Vermont Women’s Fund favors projects that have support from a variety of sources and rarely funds an entire project.

Proposals that include the following components will be prioritized:

  • outcomes aimed at addressing proven barriers to low-income women accessing and maintaining viable jobs (ex. education/training, childcare, transportation, access to reproductive health care, paid family leave, etc.)
  • research-based career pathway strategies (ex. mentorship, work-based learning, exposure to non-traditional careers, etc.)
  • a compelling articulation of how the proposed work will catalyze change
  • a focus on low-income women and girls ages 12-25, although projects reaching women outside this age range may be considered
  • projects that exhibit a collaborative approach
  • delivery of services to women/girls who live outside of Chittenden County
  • a clear description of the vision for the program at the end of the grant term

What We Don't Fund

  • Personal financial support given directly to individual women/girls
  • Individuals applying for scholarships or to attend school
  • Endowments
  • Campaigns to elect public officials
  • Programs with religious instruction
  • Projects that will be completed before the grant is awarded
  • Businesses, business start-up funds, or loans
  • Fundraising events
  • Organizational debt
  • Capital campaigns
  • Indirect expenses over 10% of the project budget

Who May Apply

All applicants to programs at the Vermont Community Foundation must meet these guidelines.

Deadline and Notification

Check back in early 2021 for more information on our grant deadline.

Application Process

All Applications must be submitted electronically through the Vermont Community Foundation’s Online Grants Manager. Visit the Online Grant Center to learn how to use the Grants Manager and registering for the first time.

If you already have an account, click here to login. The electronic application form will be available after logging into your account. If you have questions about this process or would like to discuss an idea, please contact our grants team at grants@vermontcf.org or 802-388-3355 ext. 222.