BRATTLEBORO >> Four non-profit organizations in Windham County received a total of $5,660 in Small and Inspiring grants from the Vermont Community Foundation for local projects in the first half of 2016. One of a number of competitive grant rounds at the Community Foundation, the Small and Inspiring grants program funds work that helps connect people to their neighbors, their land, and their history in ways that strengthen community.

Community Foundation fundholders partnered with the Foundation in making some of the grants.

"The projects we support through this program embody the sense of community in Vermont that we all know and cherish," said Jen Peterson, Vice President for Program and Grants. "We are proud to support efforts that bring neighbors together to help one another and to celebrate our shared humanity. Now more than ever, this kind of work is vital."

Brattleboro Area Middle School received $1,160 to support a program in which student participants will learn about the history, goals, and mission of the charitable organization Emmy's Heart while creating empowering gifts to donate to patients at local children's hospitals.

BrattRock received $1,500 to support a one-day youth rock music festival which provides a venue for young musicians and bands from Brattleboro and the surrounding region to gather, connect, learn, perform, and inspire.

Putney Public Library received $2,000 to support Parenting for Social Justice, a program where parents will use children's books on social justice issues to gain tools and skills for talking with their children about topics like racism, wealth inequality, and diverse families. Kids will simultaneously learn about social justice topics in workshops led by high school students.


The town of Brattleboro received $1,000 to support the establishment of an off-leash dog park to increase recreational opportunities, create community among dog owners, and diversify tourism assets in southern Vermont.

Nonprofits interested in applying for a Small and Inspiring grant are encouraged to visit for more information. There are two remaining rounds in 2016, with deadlines at 5 p.m. on July 26 and Oct. 11.

Greater Falls hosts barbecue on July 21

BELLOWS FALLS >> The Annual Greater Falls Connections Barbecue is set for July 21 at the Rockingham Rec Center from 5 to 7 p.m. This is a fun summer potluck to celebrate inspiration, community and prevention. During the barbecue there will be the official announcement of this year's ACE Award (Active Community Engagement) winner.

Bring a dish to share. GFC will provide the hamburgers and hot dogs.

For more information, contact Scott Sharland, Program Specialist, Greater Falls Connections, at or 802-463- 9927, ext. 213.