Funding Now Available through the Vermont Community Foundation’s Spark Connecting Community Grant Program

Funding is now available for organizations and projects across the state of Vermont through the Vermont Community Foundation’s Spark Connecting Community competitive grant program. Spark supports projects that nurture community and build social capital—the connective tissue of our communities. The program prioritizes community resilience and strength, increased civic engagement, and collaboration among organizations.

This is a unique moment for Vermont communities. Because of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the infrastructure bill, and other state and federal funding opportunities, applicants should be aware that a Spark grant can be used to help communities plan how to use public grant dollars most effectively. For example, this might include a design conversation to inform community and/or town-led funding decisions and activities.

Spark awards grants of $500-$3,000. First-time grant writers are encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted through 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8, 2022.

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The Vermont Community Foundation inspires giving and brings people and resources together to make a difference in Vermont. A family of hundreds of funds and foundations, we provide the advice, investment vehicles, and back-office expertise that make it easy for the people who care about Vermont to find and fund the causes they love.

The heart of the Community Foundation’s work is closing the opportunity gap—the divide that leaves too many Vermonters struggling to get ahead, no matter how hard they work. We are aligning our time, energy, and discretionary resources on efforts that provide access to early care and learning, pathways to college and career training, support for youth and families, and community and economic vitality. We envision Vermont at its best—where everyone has the opportunity to build a bright, secure future. Visit or call 802-388-3355 for more information. For information on our COVID-19 response, visit