About VCTF

Our Mission

The Vermont Children’s Trust Foundation promotes the well-being of children and families in Vermont by raising funds for community-based prevention programs.


Ensuring that every child in Vermont has a fair chance at success is what drives our work. The money raised by the Foundation supports community-based prevention programs, a ground up approach to making sure children are safe and secure, they make wise choices, they are prepared to be good students, and are encouraged to feel good about themselves.    

Funds are granted to programs that meet the following outcomes:

  • Vermont’s families are safe, nurturing, stable, and supported.
  • Vermont’s children and young people achieve their potential.

Examples of the types of programs supported by VCTF include:

  • After-school programs
  • High quality child care and preschool
  • Literacy initiatives
  • Parenting education
  • Mentoring programs
  • Teen Centers
  • Substance abuse prevention programs

How does it work? On the fundraising side of the equation, the Foundation raises money through a variety of ways, including our annual event, THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride, and other special events; an annual appeal in the fall; corporate outreach; grant writing; and by building relationships with people who have an affinity for our mission. Vermont Children's Trust Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax deductible. 

On the granting side of the equation, organizations with programs that meet our guidelines are invited to submit requests for grants for review. Vermont Children's Trust Fund grants are given annually, with the grant cycle starting in late January each year.