Vermont Children's Trust Fund grants are given annually, with the grant cycle starting in late January. Please see the timeline.
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.
Primary prevention reduces the likelihood of juvenile delinquency, truancy, substance abuse, child abuse and other socially destructive behaviors, and precludes intervention by authorities. Prevention programs use strength-based activities in a community-based setting. These programs:
- Affirm and promote positive family functioning rather than just prevent problems
- Work to influence societal forces that affect parents and children
- Assure that participation in the program or activities is voluntary
- Are offered to ALL members of the population
Examples of “open to all:” If the Girl Scouts applied for a grant, the program would have to be open to all Girl Scouts served by the applying organization; if DREAM is offering a program for a particular affordable housing community, it would have to be open to all students who live in that affordable housing community.
Successful grant requests must meet one of the following Agency of Human Services State Team Outcomes for Healthy Vermonters:
- Vermont’s families are safe, nurturing, stable, and supported.
- Vermont’s children and young people achieve their potential
In addition to the State Outcomes, applicants should incorporate one or more of the following Strengthening Family Protective Factors or Youth Thrive Protective and Promotive Factors in their grant application:
- Parental Resilience
- Youth Resilience
- Social Connections
- Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development
- Knowledge of Adolescent Development
- Concrete Support in Times of Need
- Cognitive, Social and Emotional Competence of Children
Organizations may apply for one year, three year, or equipment grants. Programs must be new or an expansion of an existing program to be eligible. Grants are not given for construction projects.
VCTF defines a “new program” as: A program that is relatively new to the organization that has not previously received VCTF funding or an existing program that is planning an expansion in numbers served or adding a new location.
The following websites may have resources that provide information for grant applications.