The Vermont Women’s Fund distributed $292,000 last week to about two dozen nonprofits and initiatives delivering services that safeguard Vermont’s women and girls during the Covid-19 crisis and beyond. Grant recipients included the Boys and Girls Club of Burlington, Capstone Community Action in Barre, the NewStory Center in Rutland and the Northeast Kingdom Collaborative in Craftsbury.
“We had to change direction quickly,” director Meg Smith said. “As each day progressed in March, it was obvious we had to switch our thinking from funding programs to supporting organizational survival. These nonprofits are the frontline organizations providing critical resources for Vermont’s women and girls and the wider community.”
The Vermont Women’s Fund is the largest philanthropic fund dedicated to women and girls in the state, and its mission is to fund programs that support women’s economic self-sufficiency and advance gender equity.
“It is not lost on us that an estimated 66 percent of Vermont’s frontline workers are women, holding essential positions in healthcare, childcare, social services, grocery, and cleaning services,” Smith said. “The disparity that we are seeing play out in this crisis is indicative of a much larger problem, one we are committed to solving. But for now, we are proud to provide some immediate funds to these great Vermont organizations that work for the long-term benefit of women and girls.”
Grants awarded were: Boys and Girls Club of Burlington, $5,000; Capstone Community Action, Barre, $10,000; Castleton University, $5,000; Center for Women & Enterprise, Burlington, $10,000; Change The Story, Burlington, $125,000; Early Care and Learning Partnership, Vergennes, $5,000; Green Mountain United Way, Montpelier, $10,000; Governor’s Institutes of Vermont, Winooski, $5,000; Howard Center, Burlington, $10,000; John Graham Shelter, Vergennes, $10,000; Let’s Grow Kids, Burlington, $10,000; Mercy Connections, Burlington, $10,000; NewStory Center, Rutland, $10,000; Northeast Kingdom Collaborative, Craftsbury, $2,500; Southeastern Vermont Community Action, Westminster, $5,000; The Family Place in Norwich, $10,000; The Umbrella of St. Johnsbury, $10,000; United Way of Lamoille County, Morrisville, $10,000; VT Area Health Education Centers (Southern & Northern), Springfield and St. Johnsbury, $5,000; Vermont Outdoor Business Alliance, $3,500; Vermont Technical College, Randolph, $5,000; Vermont Works for Women, Winooski, $10,000; Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, Richmond, $3,000; WonderArts Vermont, Greensboro, $3,000.
— Sarah Asch