The Vermont Community Foundation has established the VT COVID-19 Response Fund to support nonprofits that are particularly equipped to address community impacts of the spread of COVID-19 in Vermont.

Working with state, federal, municipal, public health, and nonprofit leadership, the Community Foundation will provide flexible resources to nonprofits working to address the most immediate public health and economic impacts of the disease, focusing on vulnerable populations and the service providers that support them.

The Fund offers donors the opportunity to be part of a coordinated response to the many effects of COVID-19 in Vermont.

The Community Foundation and its partners will design and implement a dynamic grant-making strategy that is responsive to the rapidly changing situation.

  • The Foundation has established a VT COVID-19 Response Fund Advisory Committee. (Listed below.)
  • The Foundation has begun to provide flexible, one-time general operating grants to local and regional organizations that are on the front lines of serving vulnerable populations. The type of grant or funding may be adapted as needs evolve.
  • To act quickly and remain flexible, at this time there will not be a formal application process for the VT COVID-19 Response Fund. That said, we would like to hear what nonprofits and their communities are experiencing. Please visit the Nonprofits page to learn more and send us a message.

There will be emergency response, but there will also be longer term recovery. Philanthropy has a role to play in both.

  • Grants will be made in multiple phases on a rolling basis, depending on the fundraising dollars that are received.
  • In Phase One, we are looking to extend capacity and support the infrastructure of nonprofits positioned to meet the basic human needs of our most vulnerable populations, specifically elders, and families compelled to stay at home by illness, school, childcare and work closures. This may range from visiting nurses to meals on wheels, and from food pantries to program supports for socially distanced and isolated individuals. The Foundation began distribution of phase one grants on March 25, 2020, with a second round in early April and a third round in May.
  • Phase Two is dependent on any state and federal support that becomes available and will focus primarily on economic and social strategies for those adversely affected. 
  • The Foundation anticipates many unmet needs of Vermonters across the board, and additional strategies will be announced as the VT COVID-19 Response Fund Advisory Committee evaluates the situation and determines the areas where philanthropic capital will make the biggest difference.

Advisory Committee

  • Jesse Bridges
    United Way of Northwest Vermont
  • David Coates
    KPMG (Former)
  • Rep. Hal Colston
    Winooski and Vermont Community Foundation
  • Robert Dostis
    Green Mountain Power
  • Ben Doyle
    USDA Rural Development
  • Carolyn Dwyer
    Vermont Community Foundation Board Vice Chair and Management Consultant
  • Mary Evslin
    Entrepreneur
  • Lindsay Kurrle
    Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development
  • Robert Miller
    VSECU
  • Stephanie Miller Taylor
    R.E.M. Development/The Miller Realty Group
  • Sue Minter
    Capstone Community Action
  • Aly Richards
    Let’s Grow Kids
  • Beth Rusnock
    National Life Foundation
  • Chris Saunders
    Office of U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy
  • John Sayles
    Vermont Foodbank
  • Meg Seely
    Vermont Community Foundation Board Chair
  • Anson Tebbetts
    Vermont Agency of Agriculture