2017 Grants Listed Alphabetically by Organization

This list reflects grants made through December 31, 2017

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

CHAMPLAIN VALLEY FARMER COALITION (Fiscal Sponsor: UVM Extension) | 2015-2018 | Farm, Food, Forest; Land Use | $80,200 over 3 years
The third 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.

COMPOSTING ASSOCIATION OF VERMONT | 2017-2018 | Farm, Food, Forest | $10,000
Support to the Composting Association of Vermont to pilot three compost sites at community gardens across Vermont, in partnership with the Vermont Community Garden Network, the New England Grassroots Environment Fund, and 3 solid waste districts.  

CONNECTICUT RIVER CONSERVANCY | 2015-2018 | Land Use | $88,000 over 3 years
Support for Connecticut River Conservancy’s collaboration with the Conservation Law Foundation and Lake Champlain International to advance climate adaptation and resilience in Vermont. CRC 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.

CONSERVATION LAW FOUNDATION | 2015-2018 | Land Use | $130,000 over 3 years
In the third year of this 3-year grant, CLF continues its collaboration with the Connecticut River Conservancy 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.

COVER HOME REPAIR | 2017-2019| Energy | $40,000 over 2 years
The first 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.

ENERGY ACTION NETWORK | 2017 | Energy | $10,000
Support for the Energy Action Network's convening in November 2017 to motivate and coordinate effective public and private investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy throughout Vermont both in the short term and towards the state’s goal of 90% renewable energy by 2050.  

GREEN MOUNTAIN FARM TO SCHOOL | 2017-2018 | Farm, Food, Forest | $15,000
Support for Green Mountain Farm to School's efforts to help Northeast Kingdom independent grocery stores increase their purchasing of local food products through outreach, technical assistance, and tracking purchases.

HEALTHCARE WITHOUT HARM | 2017-2018 | Farm, Food, Forest | $17,250
Health Care Without Harm is a national organization working to “develop and implement ecologically sound and healthy alternatives to current health care practices that pollute the environment and contribute to disease.” HMF is supporting the Vermont Healthy Food in Health Care working group, a forum for food service directors and purchasers from Vermont medical facilities, in order to increase demand for Vermont-produced foods in Vermont hospitals and medical facilities. 

HOUSING VERMONT | 2017-2018| Energy | $145,000
Support for the business business development and implementation of the Parsons Platform, a centralized energy performance and monitoring system. The Parsons Platform collects energy-related data from building management systems, HVAC components, electrical panels and other energy-related devices to optimize building operations, reduce maintenance, increase energy efficiency and reduce fossil fuel consumption. 

The International Cryosphere Climate Initiative (ICCI) educates on and mitigates pollutants impacting the Earth's ice and snow regions. HMF is supporting ICCI's Burn Right informational campaign to promote best practices for residential wood stoves and wood heating units to reduce black carbon air pollution, increase energy efficiency, and promote sustainable forestry. 

INTERVALE CENTER | 2016-2017 | 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 | Energy | $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.

ORGANICS DROP-OFF COMPOSTING GRANTS | 2017-2018 | Farm, Food, Forest | $58,425 to eight towns and solid waste districts across VT
Vermont’s Universal Recycling law (Act 148) seeks to reduce waste and increase recycling and composting of organic materials such as food scraps and leaves (“organics”). In 2017, HMF provided grants to Vermont towns and solid waste districts to assist in the start-up costs of establishing food collection services at transfer stations, including the Northeast Kingdom Solid Waste District, the Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District, the Lamoille Regional Solid Waste Management District, the Addison County Solid Waste Management District, the Rutland County Solid Waste District, the Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance, and the towns of Hartford and Thetford.  

PINE ISLAND COMMUNITY FARM | 2017-2019 | Farm, Food, Forest | $70,000 over three years
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.

RURAL VERMONT | 2017-2018 | Farm, Food, Forest | $20,000
Rural Vermont (RV) is a member organization of farmers and citizens committed to Vermont’s local food system and a healthy rural economy. HMF is providing support to enable RV to participate in statewide food system networks, convene farmers and diverse partners in forums in communities around the state, and build coalitions across Vermont farmer, environmental, and justice organizations.  

VERMONT COUNCIL ON RURAL DEVELOPMENT | 2017 | Land Use; Energy | $40,000
In 2015, HMF supported VCRD’s Climate Change Economy Council to develop an action plan for developing Vermont’s climate economy. In 2017, HMF supported VCRD's Catalysts of the Climate Change Economy Summit, a three-day national innovation conference in Burlington, Vermont attended by over 500 people. 

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 FRESH NETWORK | 2017-2018 | Farm, Food, Forest | $10,000
Support for the redesign and development of DigInVT.com, a platform for Vermont farm and food organizations and enterprises to connect with Vermonters and tourists, to include direct market opportunities for Vermont farmers and consumers. 

VERMONT HOUSING AND CONSERVATION BOARD | 2015-2017 | Energy | $187,000 over three years
Support for 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.

Operating support to the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board. VHCB has the dual goals of creating affordable housing for Vermonters and conserving and protecting Vermont's agricultural land, forestland, historic properties, important natural areas, and recreational land.

VERMONT LAND TRUST | 2016-2019 | Land Use; Farm, Food, Forest | $160,000 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 | 2015-2018 | 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 SUSTAINABLE JOBS FUND | 2017-2018 | Energy | $10,000
Support to Accel-VT, a business accelerator providing support, mentorship, and access for a cohort of climate economy entrepreneurs.   

VITAL COMMUNITIES | 2016–2018 | 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.           

WATERSHED RESILIENCE PLANNING GRANTS | 2017-2019 | Land Use | $160,000 to four Phase 2 watershed projects across VT and $71,000 of continuation grants to six Phase 1 projects
Through the watershed resilience initiative, HMF seeks to encourage multiple communities to work together to change land use in ways that protect people, farms, homes, roads, and water quality, not just in their own town, but also upstream and downstream. In 2017, HMF awarded 18-month grants to four Vermont watersheds: Lake Memphremagog, Winooski Headwaters, Ottauquechee River, and the Green River. Our goal is that these grants will increase the number of resilience-oriented land use projects and highlight the importance of working, thinking, and planning as a watershed. For more information about this initiative, see our Watershed Resilience page.