About the High Meadows Fund
Decisions such as how and where to farm, harvest timber, or build, and whether to invest in clean energy, green infrastructure, or waste reduction should make communities stronger, more vibrant and equitable. They should also make Vermont more resilient to the changing climate. Too often, these choices instead make us more vulnerable.
Resilience means the capacity not just to bounce back from stresses and disruptive events, but also to plan and act in the face of risks, challenges, and opportunities. Strengthening a community's vitality and resilience requires:
- Building markets that retain wealth, rather than extracting it from the region;
- Fostering land use planning at a watershed level, not just as individual municipalities;
- Reducing the greenhouse gas emissions that drive climate change;
- Preparing for more frequent, severe storms and other consequences of climate change;
- Collaborating across areas of expertise, such as housing, energy and public health.
It is critical for low-income Vermonters to share in the benefits of efficient and clean energy use, green infrastructure and other responses to climate change.
The High Meadows Fund supports leadership and innovation in three areas: land use, farm and forest enterprise and energy. We do our work through charitable grantmaking, research, convenings, direct engagement, and investing for mission impact. Our intent is to be respectfully involved as partners with the organizations we fund and with our colleagues in the funding community.
High Meadows made its first grants in 2004. This 2014 video, below, highlights three initiatives where we have provided grant support, research funding or mission investments. It also expresses our deep gratitude to those with whom we have partnered since our founding.