Funding Available for Vermont Nonprofits through the Special and Urgent Needs Program at the Vermont Community Foundation   

The Vermont Community Foundation’s Special and Urgent Needs (SUN) program helps Vermont nonprofits with unexpected expenses that impact their ability to meet their mission. A SUN grant can help an organization manage an unbudgeted, unforeseen, and time-sensitive emergency, as well as take advantage of an unanticipated opportunity that will enhance its work.

The program provides funding for organizations serving basic human needs within their communities
(social services, food access, housing, and or health-related services) and/or organizations whose
programs and mission align with the Support for Youth & Families initiative of the Opportunity Gap.

We look to fund proposals that will allow an organization to address short-term needs, including:

  • Emergency repairs of building structure or mechanical systems (heating/cooling, water service, etc.) whose sudden and unexpected failure interferes with providing services
  • Replacement of essential equipment and technology whose sudden and unexpected failure interferes with providing services
  • Purchasing a resource that could not have been anticipated or budgeted, and without which the work of the organization would be severely impacted

Applications to the SUN program are accepted on a rolling basis. We encourage organizations to apply as soon as the need and a plan to address the need are identified. Decisions will be made within 20 business days of receiving the application.
With questions, please contact the grants and community impact team at [email protected] or 802-388-3355 ext. 222.

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