The Vermont Women’s Fund, a component fund of the Vermont Community Foundation, was established in 1994 as an enduring resource for state’s women and girls. The Fund remains the largest philanthropic resource dedicated exclusively to this mission. A council of people from around Vermont advises the Fund and participates in its grantmaking, fundraising, and leadership work.
To achieve a deep and strategic impact, the Vermont Women’s Fund focuses grantmaking on supporting women and girls on pathways to economic well-being, including career development, an area highlighted by the research of our initiative, Change The Story.
Outcomes & Strategies
In 2021, the Vermont Women’s Fund will consider general operating support and programmatic proposals that:
- make pathways to economic well-being (e.g., livable wage jobs, career development, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy) more visible, accessible, and affordable for all women and girls,
- invest in the economic security and career prospects of unemployed women or those earning less than a living wage,
- advance strategies that address systemic barriers to economic well-being and thriving in Vermont (e.g., education/training, childcare, transportation, access to health care, paid family leave, living wages, etc.).
- Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded.
- Grant applications will be accepted from organizations located in or serving the people of Vermont. Organizations must be tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or be a public agency, school, or municipality in the state of Vermont. Nonprofit organizations or community groups who do not have 501(c)(3) status may apply for grant awards if another eligible organization acts as a fiscal sponsor.
- No person in the United States shall, on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, political affiliation, military service, physical or mental ability be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity funded in whole or in part with funds made available (meaning any funds having a competitive application process) by the Vermont Community Foundation, and any other program or activity funded in whole or in part with funds appropriated for grants, cooperative agreements, and other assistance administered by the Foundation.
- Grant applicants must employ staff and provide services without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, political affiliation, military service, physical or mental ability.
- All Applications must be submitted electronically through the Vermont Community Foundation’s Online Grants Manager.
For more information, visit https://vermontwomensfund.org/grantseekers/our-grantmaking/