2018 Grants Listed Alphabetically by Organization

This list reflects grants made through December 31, 2018

AMERICAN FOREST FOUNDATION | 2016 – 2019 | 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.   

CENTER FOR AN AGRICULTURAL ECONOMY | 2018 | Farm, Food, Forest | $27,500
 Support for the Center for an Agricultural Economy's Farm to Institution program, operated through their Vermont Food Venture Center (VFVC), a shared-use food hub and food business incubator in Hardwick. CAE's Farm to Institution program aims to identify and support appropriate farm business that can benefit from an institutional market for value-added products and cultivate new institutional markets for local food.               

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 | 2018 | Energy | $40,000
Energy Action Network is a network of nonprofit, business, and government leaders working to transform Vermont's energy economy. EAN promotes emerging opportunities, approaches, and actions required to meet the state's goal of 90% renewable energy by 2050.  Through tracking and reporting, EAN seeks to hold Vermonters accountable to these energy and emission-reduction goals. 

FARM TO INSTITUTION NEW ENGLAND | 2018-2019 | Farm, Food, Forest | $15,000
FINE is the backbone organization of the Farm to Institution Network of New England. They foster collaboration and provide research and learning to increase the procurement of local food by colleges, schools, hospitals, correctional facilities, and other institutions in the region. FINE’s work can identify opportunities and provide guidance to Vermont food hubs as they looks towards institutional markets.

FOOD CONNECTS | 2018-2019 | Farm, Food, Forest | $20,000
Support for planning, design, and analysis for Food Connect’s next phase of food hub growth and expansion.

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.” High Meadows 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. High Meadows 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 | 2018-2020  | 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.

Support NOFA VT’s 2018 and 2019 Winter Conferences in a year of leadership transition.

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, High Meadows 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. High Meadows 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 | 2018-2019 | Energy | $25,000
Support to the Climate Economy Initiative to advance policies and outreach that shift the culture towards an understanding that climate economy supports rural economies while also reducing carbon pollution.

General operating support for VTDigger.org.

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 GRASS FARMERS ASSOCIATION | 2018 | Farm, Food, Forest | $10,000
The Vermont Grass Farmers Association (VGFA) is committed to helping all Vermont farmers improve the pasture management practices. VGFA coordinates educational programs, resources, and technical assistance and promotes connection among farmers in support of a more environmentally and economically sustainable agricultural model. 

VERMONT HOUSING AND CONSERVATION BOARD | 2018 | Farm, Food, Forest | $10,000
Support for a partnership of Vermont's food hubs in collaboratively improving the logistics of local food processing, storage, marketing, and distribution. 

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 LAND TRUST | 2018-2019 | Land Use| $30,000
Support to the continued development of VLT’s Forest Carbon Offset program and to provide a new framework for forest conservation that fosters healthier forests and supplementary revenue for forest landowners.

VERMONT NATURAL RESOURCES COUNCIL | 2015-2018 | Land Use | $150,000 over 3 years
Vermont Natural Resources Council (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 | 2018-2019 | Energy | $20,000
Support to Accel-VT, a business accelerator providing support, mentorship, and access for a cohort of entrepreneurs focused on innovation in the climate economy.

VERMONT SUSTAINABLE JOBS FUND | 2018 | Farm, Food, Forest | $40,000
Support for Phase II of Vermont Sustainable Job Fund's Forest Products Value Chain investment program to strengthen regional and national markets for Vermont's high quality and low grade wood. The program seeks to build a strong network across the forest industry supply chain and elevate the profile of forestry and forest industries among Vermonters and visitors. 

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.     

VITAL COMMUNITIES | 2018 | Farm, Food, Forest | $10,000
The Valley Food & Farm program of Vital Communities provides education and training for new and aspiring farmers through a peer-to-peer learning program and network of farms in the Upper Valley. In partnership with Land for Good and the Upper Valley Land Trust, Valley Food & Farm is also hosting workshops for non-farming landowners to educate on the value, challenges, and processes for leasing land for farming and placing agricultural easements.

WATER QUALITY AND AGRICULTURAL VIABILITY  (Fiscal Sponsor: ECHO Leahy Center) | 2018 | $30,000      
High Meadows is supporting a ten-month process to develop consensus among a diverse group if farmers and agriculture and water quality thought leaders  regarding the future of farmland now in dairy. The ultimate goal is to maintain Vermont's landscape in adaptive and responsible ways that provide livelihoods to support rural families and their communities.  

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, High Meadows 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, High Meadows 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.  

WATERSHED RESILIENCE ADVOCACY GRANTS | 2018-2019 | Land Use | $13,500 to five watershed organizations across VT
To support watershed leaders and committee members travel and time to share success stories about the value of watershed planning and action in Montpelier, and to ensure watershed groups are integral to the Water Caucus’ legislative efforts to redesign and increase clean water funding.

WATERSHEDS UNITED VERMONT | 2018 | Land Use | $17,000
Watersheds United Vermont (WUV) is an umbrella organization connecting a network of over forty community-based and statewide watershed groups. WUV facilitates communication and connection between watershed groups, acts as a convener and clearinghouse for water protection and resilience resources, and aims to build both the technical and organizational capacity of watershed groups. 

Our last five years of grantmaking: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013