The Vermont Community Foundation is seeking proposals for programs or projects that help local communities adapt to the impacts of Vermont’s changing climate and the increase in severe weather events.
The Environmental Justice Small Grant Program is designed to support Vermont communities facing increasingly severe weather events and rising temperatures. Just as Vermonters adapt to the changing seasons, it is important that our communities prepare themselves for the long-term effects of a changing climate.
This grant program will support communities with heightened risk and increased sensitivity to climate change, including communities that have less capacity and fewer resources to cope with, adapt to, or recover from climate impacts. The degree of risk and sensitivity stems from physical (built and environmental), social, political, and/or economic factors, which interact with each other and are exacerbated by climate impacts. These factors include race, class, sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, and income inequality.
Projects may represent a wide spectrum of ideas and activities, including arts, community education and skill building, food access, green jobs, projects that reduce risk and harm, multi-generational climate activities, youth leadership, movement building, and more.
Applications will be accepted between October 19 and December 1, 2023. Applications and supporting documentation must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, December 1 to be considered. Grant decisions will be made in consultation with a diverse, volunteer review committee made up of organizational partners, community members, and stakeholders who represent different geographic areas of the state.