Granting through the wishes of fundholders

Giving brilliantly means helping our fundholders grant their wishes annually based on their fund’s purpose.

If you have a funding need that may fit with a fund purpose, please contact us to discuss.

Granting through our community fund

Our Community Fund Granting Program holds an annual call for grants in the fall. See below for more information on our 2017-18 call for grants.

Burlington Foundation Community Fund Granting Overview

Burlington Foundation’s Community Fund Granting Program addresses key focus areas highlighted through our Vital Signs® report, as well as several field of interest focus areas. The granting envelope for our 2017-18 granting year from Burlington Foundation’s community funds and field of interest funds is $97,000.

Our 2017-18 Community Fund Program provided seed grants of $2,000 or less, and larger grants between $2,000 – $10,000. Click here to see the 2017-18 Community Fund grants.

The Vital Signs® 2017 priority focus areas are:

Phase 1:

  • Mental Health & Wellness
  • Youth & Young Adults
  • Housing
  • Environment
  • Seniors

Phase 2:

  • Poverty
  • Transportation
  • Work & Careers
  • Newcomers & Inclusivity

To read our Vital Signs® report click here.

Our field of interest funds focus on:

  • Youth and Recreation
  • Performing Arts – especially participation of youth from lower income backgrounds
  • Environment

Brief description of our 2 categories of grants:

Larger Grants

The larger grant program provides grant awards for initiatives that improve our community through addressing our identified Vital Signs priority needs, promote collaboration, are sustainable, support capacity building and have a lasting community impact.

Potential grant recipient organizations will be required to match the grant amount they have requested, through cash or in-kind contributions equal to the value of the grant. In-kind contributions may include volunteer hours, donated space or equipment, professional services, or other contributions to the initiative.

The grants council, made up of subject matter experts and Burlington Foundation management, will review these applications and provide recommendations for funding to be approved by our Board of Directors.

Seed Grants

The seed grant program is designed to award smaller grants, providing funding for more immediate project needs up to $2,000 through a streamlined application process. The focus is on our identified Vital Signs areas as well as Youth in Recreation and/or Participation of Youth from Lower Income Backgrounds in the Performing Arts. Grants could include start-up costs for new projects, expansion and development of existing projects, pilot projects and the purchase of equipment and support of resources.

Our 2018-19 Community Fund Call for Grant applications will open in fall 2018. Stay tuned for more information. Please note: We ask that applicants apply for either a seed grant or a larger grant, not both.

We will host a Community Fund Grant Application Information Session prior to the opening of our call.

Download our Grant Report Form.

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