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Two Area Nonprofits Receive Community Grants

MIDDLEBURY – Rural ARTS Collaborative and Twinfield Together Mentoring Program have received a portion of The Spark Connecting Community Program at the Vermont Community Foundation’s $116,571 in grants.

Rural ARTS Collaborative received $3,000 to support gatherings at the Craftsbury Community Greenspace, bringing people from across town to gather, make wood-fired localvore pizzas, meet new people, and enjoy nature. Counties to be served are Caledonia and Orleans. Twinfield Together Mentoring Program received $3,000 to support its peer leadership program, providing youth with the opportunity to identify a need within their community and take action to make a difference. Peer leaders strengthen community connections within the school and with local community organizations in need. County to be served  is Washington.

The two organizations are among the 41 organizations selected for projects that strengthen community connections. “This is an impressive list of grants that demonstrates creative thinking around bringing together Vermonters through art, food, recreation, and learning,” says Holly Morehouse, vice president of grants and community impact at the Vermont Community Foundation. “Equally as impressive are contributions from our inspiring fund-holders. This is the most funding that Spark has distributed in recent years, and we are grateful for your partnership.”

Spark Connecting Community is a competitive grant program at the Foundation that puts building and nurturing community front and center. The Community Foundation aims to support the work happening throughout the state that builds social capital. The Spark Connecting Community program will reopen in spring 2023. Visit for more information.

The Vermont Community Foundation inspires giving and brings people and resources together to make a difference in Vermont. A family of hundreds of funds and foundations, it provides the advice, investment vehicles, and back-office expertise that make it easy for the people who care about Vermont to find and fund the causes they love.

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