2016 Grants Listed Alphabetically by Organization

This list reflects grants made through December 31, 2016

AMERICAN FOREST FOUNDATION | 2016 – 2018| Land Use | $30,000 over 3 years
A collaboration between the American Forest Foundation, Audubon Vermont, and the Vermont Woodlands Association to help private landowners manage their properties in support of forests, wildlife & bird habitat, and climate resilience.

CENTER FOR AN AGRICULTURAL ECONOMY | 2016 | Farm, Food, Forest | $30,000
To support CAE in developing markets and increasing production efficiency to sell local, lightly processed vegetables to institutional customers. CAE’s Vermont Food Venture Center designs and tests vegetable processing techniques; identifies appropriate distribution channels and producers; and pursues new markets to increase sales and maintain reasonable prices for both customers and farmers. This 18-month grant is part of the Vermont Community Foundation’s Food and Farm Initiative.                           

CLEAN ENERGY GROUP | 2016 | Energy | $19,656
To support a pilot project installing and monitoring solar battery storage at the 14-unit McKnight Lane high performance housing development in Addison County and analyzing how this could be replicated in other affordable housing developments.

CHAMPLAIN VALLEY FARMER COALITION (Fiscal Sponsor: UVM Extension) | 2015-2018 | Farm, Food, Forest; Land Use | $80,200 over 3 years
The second year of a three-year grant to support on-farm, farmer-to-farmer outreach and education related to farm practices that reduce erosion and runoff, improving farm viability and water quality.

COLD HOLLOW TO CANADA | 2016-2017 | Land Use | $30,000 over 2 years
To expand CHC’s Woodlots program to Richford and Montgomery in order to promote “a healthy and intact forested landscape that supports a strong and sustainable local economy through stewardship” to permanently protect core wildlife habitat and reduce fragmentation across the Northern Forest.

COMMUNITY RESILIENCE ORGANIZATIONS | 2014-2016 | Land Use | $45,000 over 3 years
In the final year of this 3-year grant CRO continues to informally convene elected officials, emergency response personnel, town planners, and concerned citizens in Vermont towns to update their hazard mitigation plans and build resilience on a town scale with an eye toward watershed resilience.

CONSERVATION LAW FOUNDATION | 2015-2018 | Land Use | $130,000 over 3 years
In the second year of this 3-year grant CLF continues its collaboration with the Connecticut River Watershed Council and Lake Champlain International to advance climate adaptation and resilience in Vermont. Goals include fully implementing the VT Clean Water Act; issuing an updated stormwater manual which prioritizes green infrastructure; and investing in resilient water and wastewater infrastructure in Vermont.

CONNECTICUT RIVER WATERSHED COUNCIL | 2015-2018 | Land Use | $88,000 over 3 years
Support for Connecticut River Watershed Council (CRWC)’s collaboration with the Conservation Law Foundation and Lake Champlain International to advance climate adaptation and resilience in Vermont. CRWC works with landowners in the Connecticut River watershed to reduce runoff and erosion on their properties and monitor nutrient pollution. They are also monitoring the EPA’s update of the Long Island Sound pollution budget to consider the effects of climate change.

COVER HOME REPAIR | 2015-2016 | Energy | $49,000 over 2 years
The second year of a 2-year grant supporting COVER’s weatherization program for low income housing in the Upper Valley. Their work results in significant energy, money, and greenhouse gas savings; improves homeowner comfort and health; and dovetails with low income weatherization programs.

ECHO/Lake Champlain Basin Science Center | 2016 | Land Use |$25,000              
Support for the March 2017 ECHO Summit, which is convening water-related groups and individuals from around the state to improve water quality, resilience planning and implementation.

ENERGY ACTION NETWORK | 2015-2016 | Energy | $30,000 over 2 years
EAN’s capital mobilization working group aims to motivate and coordinate effective public and private investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy throughout Vermont towards the state’s goal of 90% renewable energy by 2050.   

INTERVALE CENTER | 2016-2018 | Farm, Food, Forest; Land Use | $150,000 over 3 years
The Intervale Center supports community food systems by enhancing farm viability, promoting sustainable use and stewardship of agricultural lands, investigating climate resilience from a farm and land use perspective, and ensuring community engagement in the food system.  

LAKE CHAMPLAIN INTERNATIONAL | 2015-2018 | Land Use | $65,000 over 3 years
Support for LCI’s collaboration with the Connecticut River Watershed Council and Conservation Law Foundation to advance climate adaptation and resilience in Vermont. LCI builds public support for rules and practices that improve resilience and reduce damage to water quality through a statewide public education campaign, community presentations, and alerting the public about pollution in the Lake Champlain watershed.

NORTHERN FOREST CENTER | 2016 – 2018 | Land Use |$60,000 over 2 years
The Northern Forest Center (NFC) works from New York to Maine in support of forest economy strategies that recognize the connection between a healthy forest and livelihoods based in the forest. NFC is supporting continued growth of modern wood heat, especially in the Northeast Kingdom and Windham County, and collaborates with the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund to provide a coordinated system of support for wood products manufacturers.

PINE ISLAND COMMUNITY FARM | 2016-2017 | Land Use | $20,000
Pine Island Farm began in 2013 as a place where New Americans, former refugees, raise culturally significant food and connect to the land in their adopted country. Goats and chickens are raised for meat by Bhutanese and Rwandan farmers and slaughtered on farm according to the cultural preferences of families purchasing them. Others raise crops and host community dinners at the farm. High Meadows is supporting the farm’s transition to self-sufficiency and independent governance.

RUTLAND AREA FARM & FOOD LINK | 2015-2016 | Farm, Food, Forest | $50,000 over 2 years
RAFFL assists farmers, manages an online market, produces a locally grown guide, and provides education to the public in support of local growers. RAFFL partners with economic development and regional planning officials with the goal of growing the market for local food in Rutland County.

UVM EXTENSION Nutrient Management Plans | 2016 | Farm, Food, Forest; Land Use | $25,703
To enable UVM Extension to provide Nutrient Management Plan (NMP) consulting and conduct research tailored to Vermont vegetable growers. Researchers are testing and measuring a cover crop’s ability to build healthy soil and keep soil, water, and nutrients on the farm. The goal is to improve water quality, soil health, and economic performance, and reduce fertilizer use and soil erosion.

UVM EXTENSION  CAPS Program | 2015-2017 | Farm, Food, Forest | $30,000 over 2 years
The Community Accreditation for Produce Safety Program (CAPS) is a Vermont-based program to certify the produce handling methods of small farms, most of which are exempt from new federal food safety regulations. CAPS is governed by an advisory board of farmers, the VT Department of Health, Black River Produce, and the VT Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets.

VERMONT ARTS COUNCIL | 2016-2017 | Land Use | $15,000
With HMF support, the Vermont Arts Council added a green infrastructure component to its 2017 Animating Infrastructure grant program. Our goal is to bring greater awareness to the function and value of green infrastructure, greater attention to the aesthetic features of green infrastructure, and a greater connection between residents and the natural systems around them, even in developed areas.

VERMONT COUNCIL ON RURAL DEVELOPMENT | 2016 | Land Use; Energy | $30,000
In 2015, High Meadows supported VCRD’s Climate Change Economy Council to develop an action plan for developing Vermont’s climate economy. This Phase 2 grant supports the Climate Change Economy Partnership in implementing the action plan, including advocacy, deep energy transformations in targeted communities, and a national climate economy summit.

HMF is providing support to VT Digger to help maintain and improve the quality of their coverage and the impact it has on policymakers, legislation, and citizen involvement. 

VERMONT ENERGY EDUCATION PROGRAM | 2016–2017 | Energy | $12,000
This grant supports the transfer of Idle-Free Vermont’s educational programming to VEEP, an experienced energy education provider. VEEP will continue educational outreach to schools about the environmental and health costs of vehicle idling. Idle-Free’s work in schools suggest early idling education can have lasting impact on driving habits.

VERMONT HOUSING AND CONSERVATION BOARD | 2016 | Farm, Food, Forest | $10,000
This grant supports VHCB’s technical assistance, business planning and training for regional food hubs and food system connector organizations. This 18-month grant is part of the Vermont Community Foundation’s Food and Farm Initiative

VERMONT HOUSING AND CONSERVATION BOARD | 2015-2016 | Energy | $187,000 over three years
HMF is supporting the Manufactured Housing Innovation Project, with the goal of improving the quality, energy efficiency, resilience and long-term affordability of housing available to low and moderate income Vermonters, especially those in mobile home parks. VHCB is partnering with Efficiency Vermont and others to develop new high performance homes on private land and in mobile home parks.

VERMONT LAND TRUST Forest Carbon Feasibility | 2016 | Land Use; Farm, Food, Forest | $35,000
VLT is investigating the potential for forest carbon credits as a potential source of funds for promoting conservation and improved management on Vermont’s privately owned forestland. 

VERMONT LAND TRUST Forest Health Advocacy| 2016 | Land Use | $6,000
The Vermont Land Trust, Nature Conservancy of Vermont, Trust for Public Land, Vermont Natural Resources Council, and Vermont Audubon collaborated in advancing new state policy to discourage forest fragmentation and improve forest health. 

VERMONT LAND TRUST | 2016-2019 | Land Use; Farm, Food, Forest | $150,000 over 3 years
Vermont Land Trust (VLT) provides statewide leadership in conserving farm and forestland, connecting new farmers with conserved farm properties, and keeping Vermont’s farms and forests working and healthy.

VERMONT NATURAL RESOURCES COUNCIL | 2015-2017 | Land Use | $150,000 over 3 years
VNRC builds climate resilience through state and local policy advocacy, research, and implementation. VNRC provides expertise and fact-based advocacy for policy affecting water, forests, energy, and land use, and connects state policy to local and regional planning and action.

VERMONT PUBLIC RADIO | 2016 | Other | $10,000
The New England News Collaborative aims to produce reporting and web content about region-wide issues in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, in particular, Energy, Climate, and Transportation Infrastructure.

VERMONT RIVER CONSERVANCY | 2016 | Land Use | $6,300
To support meetings to discuss the functional, municipal, economic, and hydrologic relationships between Windham and Grafton, and Danby and Pawlet. By understanding these relationships, Vermont River Conservancy hopes to create tools to support upstream and downstream towns working together to improve flood resilience.

VERMONT SUSTAINABLE JOBS FUND Forest Products| 2016 | Land Use; Farm, Food, Forest | $40,000
In collaboration with the Northern Forest Center, VSJF coordinates the Forest Products Value Chain Investment Program, working to create opportunities to manufacture higher value wood products in state; increase the market share of products derived from local wood; enhance the quality of jobs within the forest products industry; and better integrate the industry from woodlot to end-product.

VERMONT SUSTAINABLE JOBS FUND Independent Grocers | 2016 | Farm, Food, Forest | $35,000
VSJF provides educational and technical assistance to independent grocers with a goal of increasing independent grocers’ purchases of local farm products and locally produced value-added products. This 18-month grant is part of the Vermont Community Foundation’s Food and Farm Initiative.                         

VERMONT YOUTH CONSERVATION CORPS | 2015-2017 | Land Use | $70,000 over 2 years
VYCC trains young people to improve Class-4 roads to reduce damage during severe downpours. This two-year grant focuses on projects in Lamoille and Washington Counties, collaborating with road crews, towns, RPC’s, Conservation Districts, and watershed groups.

VITAL COMMUNITIES | 2016–2017 | Energy | $55,000 over 2 years
Vital Communities is working to implement and test a real-time smart phone app and a community-based social marketing campaign to increase use of public transit in the Upper Valley. VC is also working to establish a cohort of real estate professionals to help the industry assign value to energy efficient homes. By working with lenders and appraisers to disclose home energy data and promote energy efficiency, they aim to influence the market for home efficiency improvements and improve the realtors’ sales performance.                

WATERSHEDS UNITED VERMONT (WUV) | 2016 | Land Use | $15,000
WUV acts as a conduit between the state (state agencies and the legislature), statewide non-profits, and small watershed groups located throughout Vermont. They translate agency & legislative jargon and acronyms to those working at the local level. In turn, WUV brings local voices to the statehouse so public policy and funding decisions regarding clean water and land use can be grounded in real world experience.   


Click here for a list of grants made in 2015.

Click here for a list of grants made in 2014.

Click here for a list of grants made in 2013.

Click here for a list of grants made in 2012.