Bend Revitalization, Craftsbury Saplings Among Local Grant Recipients

NORTHEAST KINGDOM – The Northeast Kingdom Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation announced $117,219 in grants to support area nonprofits.

Local organizations receiving grants include the Bend Revitalization Initiative, which received $5,000 to hold community forums, engaging youth and families in designing programs and events at Greensboro Bend Park in anticipation of the new Rail Trail, which is scheduled to open in 2023.

The Center for an Agricultural Economy (CAE) received $5,000 to support Produce to Pantries, a partnership between CAE, farms, and food pantries, to purchase over 30,000 lbs. of locally grown produce for distribution at sites in Hardwick, Craftsbury, and Albany.

Craftsbury Saplings received $5,000 to support work with an architect to create a conceptual design for an expanded child care center. The center’s expansion seeks to support job growth, families, and community vitality.

The John Woodruff Simpson Memorial Library received $5,000 to offer a series of workshops and programs to support and benefit families and child care providers in the Craftsbury area.

Rural ARTS Collaborative received $5,000 to support, educate, and empower youth through group mentorship, introducing skills and concepts that excite them to try new things and develop confidence.

The Civic Standard received $5,000 to bring together Hardwick residents to reflect and rejuvenate cultural life by operating a centrally located space for community-driven events and programs.

The Northeast Kingdom Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation grants were awarded to 24 organizations in its 2022 competitive grant round. The awards will support nonprofits and municipalities in Caledonia, Essex, and Orleans counties. The grants include support to organizations working with youth and families, education, and community enhancement.