Vermont Children's Trust Fund Grants

VCTF Applicants:

Due to the level of funding needed to honor its commitment to continuing grants and some cuts in funding, The Vermont Children’s Trust Fund is not accepting applications for new grants for 2018/19.

We encourage you to check here in January of 2019 for information on 2020 VCTF applications. 

Thank you.

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

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 has not existed before within the organization; not just that an organization has not applied for CTF funding for this program (in other words, an existing program that is applying for CTF funds for the first time must be demonstrating an expansion in scope or adding a location).