Sustaining Grants Portfolio:
An Overview

As part of our overall grantmaking strategy, we maintain a portfolio of small-scale, multi-year grants to help sustain proven programs and ongoing convenings that are squarely aligned with our mission. These grants, which will typically range between $1,500 - $6,000 per year for three years, are awarded each January based on our deep knowledge of Vermont's programming and event landscape.

These grants do not require formal proposals or grant reports. In lieu of formal reporting, partners in our sustaining grants portfolio are asked to proactively share observations, testimonials, and annual reports with Foundation staff as might be helpful for the Foundation's learning.

Programs of interest include:

  • Programs that promote the aspirations of low-income students grades 7-11 for education and training after high school via exposure to Vermont’s promising careers and the pathways to obtain them. These may include one-time multi-district convenings that offer students exposure to a variety of promising careers/pathways; or demonstrably impactful third space programs that expressly serve low-income youth and include one or more of the following components: high-quality mentorship, work-based learning, and supportive early labor market experiences. The Foundation will prioritize programs that collect reflections from students about their prior understanding of careers and postsecondary education resources, their goals and personal strengths, and/or their future learning and credentialing pathways.
  • Programs that assist marginalized and disadvantaged Vermont students to successfully transition to education and training beyond high school. The Foundation will prioritize programs with the following components: cohort-building, high-quality mentorship, financial literacy and SEL/life-skills building, and improved student awareness of evidence-based support resources including guided career pathways.
  • Programs that improve on-ramps to education, training, and employment for Vermont veterans and other adults and are committed to tracking progress of program participants.
  • Convenings or media coverage that build inter-sector understanding and relationships and/or grow awareness of postsecondary pathways and the importance of continued education after high school.