2019 Grants Listed Alphabetically by Organization
This list reflects grants made through August 31, 2019.
CONNECTICUT RIVER CONSERVANCY | 2019-2020 | Land Use | $40,000 over 15 months
Connecticut River Conservancy (CRC) is the voice for the Connecticut River watershed, collaborating with partners across four states to protect and advocate for rivers, educate and engage communities, prevent pollution, improve habitat, and promote enjoyment of rivers and their tributary streams. This grant supports CRC’s leadership in promoting watershed resilience and climate adaptation in the Connecticut River watershed.
CONSERVATION LAW FOUNDATION | 2019-2020 | Land Use | $60,000 over 15 months
Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) aims to preserve New England’s natural resources, build healthy communities, and sustain a vibrant economy. This grant supports CLF’s leadership on watershed resilience and climate adaptation & mitigation in Vermont, with a particular emphasis on promoting climate resilience through advocacy for state policies and rules and ensuring they are effectively implemented by supporting regional and local planning and statewide networking.
CONSERVATION LAW FOUNDATION, CONNECTICUT RIVER CONSERVANCY, & VERMONT NATURAL RESOURCES COUNCIL | 2019-2020 | Other | $10,000 over 1 year
This grant provides support for Conservation Law Foundation, Connecticut River Conservancy and Vermont Natural Resources Council to explore diversity, equity and inclusion in the context of their priorities, programs and decision-making.
COVER HOME REPAIR | 2017-2019| Energy | $40,000 over 2 years
This is 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.
ENERGY ACTION NETWORK | 2019-2021| Energy | $90,000 over 2 years
Energy Action Network (EAN) 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. This provides general operating support.
FARM TO INSTITUTION NEW ENGLAND | 2018-2019 | Farm, Food, Forest | $15,000 over 1 year
Farm to Institution New England (FINE) is the backbone organization of the Farm to Institution Network of New England. They aim 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. This provides general operating support.
INTERNATIONAL CRYOSPHERE CLIMATE INITIATIVE | 2017-2019 | Energy | $22,500 over 2 years
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. This provides general operating support.
NEW ENGLAND GRASSROOTS ENVIRONMENTAL FUND | 2019 – 2020 | Other | $17,500 over 16 months
The New England Grassroots Environment Fund (NEGEF) supports community, volunteer-driven projects across New England, with a focus on climate and energy, food, environmental health, and land and water. This grant supports NEGEF’s Youth Leadership Program, which aims to fund initiatives led by young adults or projects where young adults are substantively incorporated into governance and program design and delivery.
NORTHERN FOREST CENTER | 2019 – 2022 | Energy | $90,000 over 3 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. This grant provides general operating supporting to enable the Northern Forest Center to deepen its regional leadership and advocacy, and catalyze innovation in the forest economy in the Northern Forest.
PINE ISLAND COMMUNITY FARM | 2017-2019 | Farm, Food, Forest | $70,000 over 3 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 | 2019-2021 | Farm, Food, Forest | $47,000 over 2 years
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, with a particular emphasis on exploring ideas for paying farmers for services beyond food production.
SALVATION FARMS | 2019-2020 | Energy | $25,000 over 1 year
Salvation Farms builds partnerships and connections to strengthen the Vermont food system. Their work is grounded in serving farms, while providing safe, educational experiences for participants and a dignified food experience for end users. This grant is general operating support.
THE NATURE CONSERVANCY IN VERMONT | 2019-2020 | Farm, Food, Forest | $10,000 over 2 years
The Nature Conservancy is a global environmental nonprofit working to create a world where people and nature can thrive. This grant provides support to the Land Ethic Leaders training to be held at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center in May 2019.
VERMONT COUNCIL ON RURAL DEVELOPMENT | 2018-2019 | Energy | $25,000 over 1 year
The Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) is dedicated to the support of the locally-defined progress of Vermont's rural communities. This grant provides support for the Climate Economy Initiative to advance policies and outreach that shift the culture towards an understanding that the climate economy supports rural economies while also reducing carbon pollution.
VERMONT DIGGER/VERMONT JOURNALISM TRUST |2018-2021 | Other | $67,500 over 3 years
This grant provides general operating support for VTDigger.org. High Meadows does not generally fund media, but recognizes the need for investigative journalism covering state and regional policy and administration. This is an outlier among our grantmaking.
VERMONT ENERGY EDUCATION PROGRAM | 2019-2020 | Energy | $15,000 over 1 year
The Vermont Energy Education Program (VEEP) aims to build a deep understanding of energy through education in Vermont and New Hampshire, encouraging choices that result in sustainability in our communities, economy and environment. This grant supports the development of a transportation curriculum and creation of 5 toolkits for middle and high school teachers to use across Vermont.
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. This grant is general operating support.
VERMONT LAND TRUST | 2018-2019 | Land Use| $30,000 over 1 year
This grant supports the pilot phase of VLT’s Forest Carbon Offset program. The goal is to provide a new framework for forest conservation fostering healthier forests and supplementary revenue for forest landowners.
VERMONT LAND TRUST | 2019-2020 | Land Use| $15,000 over 1 year
This grant supports the Nulhegan Band of the Abenaki in partnership with VLT to improve access into and around the Nulheganaki Tribal Forest in Barton, VT, jumpstart training and management of the forestland, and support their native traditions.
VERMONT NATURAL RESOURCES COUNCIL | 2019-2020 | Land Use | $80,000 over 18 months
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. This grant is general operating support.
VERMONT SUSTAINABLE JOBS FUND | 2018-2019 | Energy | $20,000 over 1 year
Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF) partners with state government, private sector businesses, and nonprofits to build a thriving economic, social, and ecological future for Vermont. This grant supports 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 | 2019-2020 | Farm, Food, Forest | $45,000 over 1 year
This grant supports VSJF’s effort to increase local food sales at Vermont’s 390 independent grocery stores, including regional networking events for local food distributors and producers, training sessions for grocers, and peer-oriented meet-ups targeting issues like marketing and retail principles.
VITAL COMMUNITIES | 2019-2021 | Energy | $40,000 over 2 years
Vital Communities cultivates the civic, environmental, and economic vitality of the Upper Valley. This grant support’s their initiative to develop innovative solutions for energy efficient homes & human-centered, efficient transportation, including realtor workshops, and improved weatherization resources for low-income mobile home park residents,
Watershed Resilience Initiative
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.
WATERSHED RESILIENCE PLANNING GRANTS | 2017-2019 | Land Use | $160,000 to 4 watershed projects across VT
In 2017, High Meadows continued its watershed resilience initiative by administering a second phase of planning grants to four watershed planning groups. 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. The four organizations funded through Phase Two are:
High Meadows has allotted $300,000 to Phase Three of the watershed resilience planning grants, which are expected to be administered in the Fall of 2019.
WATERSHEDS UNITED VERMONT | 2019-2021 | Land Use | $60,000 over 2 years
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. This grant is general operating support.
Forest Health & Integrity Initiative
The aim of our Forest Health & Integrity Initiative is to foster collaborative approaches to creating resilient, adaptable and healthy forests that pay dividends for wildlife, and contribute to the quality of life and cultural heritage of all Vermonters, including, but not limited to, those who depend on the forests for their livelihoods.
AMERICAN FOREST FOUNDATION | 2019-2020 | Farm, Food, Forest | $20,000 over 1 year
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.
AUDUBON VERMONT | 2019-2021 | Farm, Food, Forest | $39,176 over 2 years
Audubon Vermont, a state program of the National Audubon Society, aims to protect birds and the places they need across Vermont. This grant supports Audubon VT’s Bird Friendly Maple (BFM) program which works with maple producers who have agreed to manage their sugarbushes in ways that integrate and promote bird habitat.
INTERVALE CENTER | 2019-2021 | Farm, Food, Forest | $20,000 over 2 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. This grant aims to support development of a consensus plan for tracts of land in the lower Winooski River Valley with competing interests from farming, riparian restoration, forest for habitat, city parks and recreation.
THE NATURE CONSERVANCY IN VERMONT | 2019-2021 | Farm, Food, Forest | $42,000 over 2 years
The Nature Conservancy is a global environmental nonprofit working to create a world where people and nature can thrive. This grant funds protection of the Shutesville wildlife corridor connecting the Green Mountains and Worcester Mountains, crossing Vermont’s Route 100 on the Stowe/Waterbury town line.
VERMONT COVERTS: WOODLANDS FOR WILDLIFE | 2019-2020 | Farm, Food, Forest | $19,500 over 1 year
The mission of Vermont Coverts is to enlist Vermont landowners in a long term commitment to maintain and enhance diverse wildlife habitat and healthy ecosystems. This grant supports Women Owning Woodlands (WOW), an initiative to engage women and address gender-related differences in outreach and education, in collaboration with Vermont Woodlands Association, UVM Extension, and the Vermont Land Trust.
VERMONT HOUSING AND CONSERVATION BOARD | 2019-2020 | Farm, Food, Forest | $15,000 over 1 year
The Vermont Housing & Conservation Board (VHCB) couples investments in affordable housing and community development work to address food security issues across Vermont. This grant supports VHCB’s effort to scale up the Forest Succession Planning program and develop guidelines and tools for transfer planning.
VERMONT NATURAL RESOURCES COUNCIL | 2019-2021 | Farm, Food, Forest | $30,000 over 2 years
This grant provides technical assistance to municipalities and regional planning councils to reduce forest fragmentation, working closely with Agency of Natural Resource’s Community Wildlife Program.
WINDHAM REGIONAL COMMISSION | 2019-2021 | Farm, Food, Forest| $35,000 over 2 years
With this grant, the Windham Regional Commission (WRC) aims to support a comprehensive conservation planning effort working in partnership with towns, landowners, citizens and grassroots groups to organize, inventory and connect wildlife tracking within high-priority habitat, conserve critical wildlife corridors, and develop regional policies rooted in the local landscape.
Farm to Market Initiative
High Meadows introduced the Farm to Market Initiative to strengthen the viability of Vermont farming by growing markets that offer favorable pricing and terms for sustainably produced Vermont farm products. These grants also aim to support light processing, aggregation, and distribution logistics services that enable modest scale producers to connect with those markets.
FOOD CONNECTS | 2019-2021 | Farm, Food, Forest | $95,000 over 2 years
Food Connects works to increase wholesale access to locally produced food and develop new markets for local food producers while contributing to a vibrant local economy. This grant funds planning, design, and analysis for Food Connect’s next phase of food hub growth and expansion.
VERMONT HOUSING AND CONSERVATION BOARD | 2019-2020 | Farm, Food, Forest | $77,120 over 1 year
The Vermont Housing & Conservation Board (VHCB) couples investments in affordable housing and community development work to address food security issues across Vermont. This grant supports a partnership of Vermont's food hubs to collaboratively improve the logistics of local food processing, storage, marketing, and distribution.