Grant Opportunities

We understand the need for programs of all types to have access to grant opportunities, whether they need funding to try out a new, innovative idea, or are looking for funding streams to help with the long-term sustainability of the program.  We strongly believe that sustainable program budgets support quality and access for all youth.

Vermont Afterschool Grants

Vermont Afterschool is proud to be working again with Governor Phil Scott’s office, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders’ office, and the Vermont Agency of Education to establish the 2022–2023 Afterschool & Summer Expanding Access Grant Program. We anticipate that $4.25 million will be available through competitive grants to expand access to and improve the quality of summer enrichment opportunities and afterschool programming for children and youth statewide.

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Vermont Afterschool is working with the Family Services Division of the Department for Children & Families and the Children and Family Council for Prevention Programs to administer a new Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention grant program. Up to $39,000 will be available each year to:

  • Support schools, community-based & other youth serving organizations, and state agencies in addressing racial and ethnic disparities and to promote positive youth development, youth resilience and leadership;
  • Reduce criminogenic and substance abuse behaviors in youth ages 10-23 years; and
  • Promote engagement in positive youth development programs and activities.

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Vermont Afterschool was proud to work with Governor Phil Scott, Senator Bernie Sanders, and the Vermont Agency of Education to establish the Summer Matters for All Grant Program in 2021. Read the Governor’s press release on the grants here. The purpose of the grant was to:

  • Create new summer learning programs in areas where few or no services currently exist;
  • Expand existing summer learning programs in order to increase affordability for K-12 children and youth through a variety of strategies;
  • Increase access to summer programs for children and youth with disabilities and other traditionally marginalized populations;
  • Eliminate barriers to summer program access based on geography, socio-economic factors, demographics.

Non-profit organizations; municipalities; licensed/regulated providers of school-age child care; and privately or publicly owned summer camp programs were eligible to apply.

We are excited to announce that 93 programs across 13 Vermont counties were awarded a total of over $3.3 million to expand access to summer enrichment opportunities for K-12 youth in Summer 2021. Click here to see the 2021 Summer Matters For All Grant Awardees.

This was a highly competitive process with 188 proposals submitting $7,427,584 in requests, which far exceeded available funds. Each proposal was peer-reviewed by three people. Reviewers represented national organizations, 12 states and the District of Columbia, with expertise and experience in: afterschool and summer learning; youth development; diversity, equity and inclusion; health; childcare; grants and grant making; higher education; K-12 education; community schools; and profit and non-profit organizations.

As we continue to face the effects of the pandemic, investments such as this grant are critical for Vermont’s youth to re-engage, connect, learn and heal; to meet the immediate needs of families; and to inform efforts to provide universal afterschool in the future.

Other Funding Opportunities

The Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21C) Grant Application

The Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21C) Grant Application is now open for the purpose of providing high-quality afterschool and summer learning opportunities. Investments are for five years. Applications are due February 4, 2022 in the GMS system. E-Letters of Intent were due November 24, 2021. Virtual applicant trainings for teams were held on Oct. 13 and Oct. 19, 2021 (part 1 repeated) and Oct. 28, 2021 (part 2). To view a paper copy of the grant application go to the AOE 21C webpage. You may also view the 21C quick eligibility checker.

Contact: Emanuel Betz, 21C State Coordinator, at or 802-828-6977

Vermont Children’s Trust Foundation

Priorities: Grants are awarded to Vermont 501(c) 3 nonprofits organizations, municipalities or schools that provide primary prevention programs for children and their families. Grants are not given to individuals or for-profit organizations.

Deadline(s): March

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A.D. Henderson Foundation

Supports initiatives in Florida and Vermont around children birth to age eight.

Funding information: Please contact a Foundation Program Director to discuss the program/project. Grants range in size from $15,000 to $100,000 depending on the impact, and in some cases may be lower or higher. The organization should start the conversation at least 4-6 months ahead of when funding is needed. For inquires in Vermont, please contact Eddie Gale at or 802-888-1188.

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The Agnes M. Lindsay Trust

Supports initiatives in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Priorities are health and welfare; camp scholarships; and Education scholarships. A letter of inquiry may be submitted prior to full proposal.

Funding information: Grant awards between $1000 – $5,000.

Deadline(s): Proposals reviewed monthly

Contact: Amy B. Lampert, Administrative Director, 978-455-7818,; The Agnes M. Lindsay Trust, 10 North Road, Suite A, Chelmsford, MA 01824.

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The Thomas Thompson Trust

This trust only funds Windham County. Priorities are health; education; and social or civic betterment. Funding information: Grant awards up to $25,000.

Deadline(s): Quarterly

Contact: Susan T. Monahan, Grants Coordinator, 617-951-1108,; The Thomas Thompson Trust, c/o Rackermann, Sawyer & Brewster, 160 Federal Street, 15th Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1700.

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Turrell Fund

Turrell Fund grants for at-risk youth are awarded to organizations that provide or foster the creation and delivery of quality developmental and educational services to at-risk children, especially the youngest, and their families in Vermont and New Jersey.

Deadline(s): February 1st; August 1st


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Vermont Community Foundation

Nonprofit capacity grants; Spark community grants; and place-based grants.

Funding information: Up to $10,000

Deadline(s): varies

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Windham Foundation

Priorities: Agriculture and food systems; Disadvantaged youth; Environmental enhancement; Education in the broadest sense; Public policy issues; Promotion of the arts; Meeting basic human needs; Historic preservation

Deadline(s): November, February, May, August

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Afterschool Alliance – This site has information about funding tools, expert advice, and a funding database. – This site contains the most accessible source of information on all U.S. government grants. It is enormous and best handled by signing up for automatic emails of new announcements from the departments and programs related to afterschool.

Channing Bete Company – The Channing Bete Company provides publications, programs, and products to help organizations meet outreach and education goals. Information related to funding sources can be found here.

Digital Wish – This organization helps put technology in the hands of teachers and in classrooms by connecting educators with companies donating technology and equipment. The website also includes a list of specific grant funders.