Each year, the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation offers one multi-year grant to a Vermont-based, statewide non-profit organization that has both a vision and a strategic plan to extend it’s influence and achieve defined goals. The organization's goals should resonate with the Foundation’s mission to further social justice, protect the environment and/or support family farms and local food systems.
Organizations must have a statewide impact and be working toward broad, systemic change. Organizations with budgets under $500,000 are preferred. The grant is for a maximum of $25,000 per year, for up to three-years to significantly enhance the capacity of the organization.
Applicants must demonstrate strong leadership and governance and have a track record of accomplishment. Grant monies may be used for consultation, technology, organizational development work, infrastructure development, staff development, and/or staffing needs. The proposal must be specific as to how this enhancement would improve the organization’s ability to accomplish its mission, increase its long-term viability and strengthen its impact.
The application process is highly competitive. The Employee Advisory Committee reviews applications and selects finalists. Finalists will be required to host a site visit. Renewal grants will be awarded based on an evaluation of progress in a written report, an in-person presentation, and a follow up interview.
Vermont Community Garden Network planting group
Vermont Community Garden Network (formerly Friends of Burlington Gardens) is a statewide nonprofit that helps community and school groups start, sustain and grow gardens, building strong local food systems and vibrant educational sites. We provide resources, technical assistance, grants, training and networking opportunities to meet the growing needs of Vermont’s garden leaders and our Burlington programs provide fun, hands-on garden education for youth and adults. Our work is rooted in the understanding that community and school gardens have food security, health, social, economic and environmental benefits. Together with partner organizations and other stakeholders, we aim to create healthier communities with a high level of food security, food justice, and positive community development. The Root & Grow Project includes completing a strategic planning process and name change, revamping our website, boosting resources and training opportunities for garden organizers, and increasing staff capacity.
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