Windham Foundation announces grants


GRAFTON — Twelve organizations received a total of $59,000 in funding from the Windham Foundation, recognizing and investing in their ability to positively impact the lives of rural Vermonters.

"We are proud to be partnering with wonderful organizations in every corner of the state," said Liz Bankowski, CEO of the Windham Foundation. "Their initiatives speak to the empathy and creative problem-solving apparent in so many of Vermont's nonprofits. We are eager to follow the positive impact of their work."

The grantees are as follows:

- Girls on the Run Vermont, Brattleboro, works to support healthy and confident lifestyles for pre-teen girls by using an experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

- Vermont Community Garden Network, Burlington, seeks to engage school and community gardens in the fight against hunger, providing education and support for community gardeners in all 14 counties.

- Randolph Union High School, Randolph, is modernizing their school's kitchen to allow for experiential learning opportunities for students, and increased community engagement with the goal of facilitating three community projects: a "Senior Citizens Memories and Meal," a "Community Career Caf ," and "The Randolph Community Block Party."

- The Office of the Vermont State Treasurer, Montpelier, sought funds to support program materials and educator tools for financial literacy curriculum across the state.

- The Chaffee Art Center, Rutland, seeks to create a space where teens and young adults and connect with the arts and with each other, learning to express themselves in a friendly and creative environment.Website:

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- Central Vermont Adult Basic Education, Barre, serves an estimated 5,700 adults in Lamoille, Orange, and Washington counties who are below basic levels of literacy.

- The Dorset Theatre Festival, Dorset, operates the Jean E. Miller Young Playwrights Program. In 2019, this program led workshops for over 500 students in twelve different Vermont schools.

- Scrag Mountain Music, Marshfield, provides community access to classical music performances in a variety of settings, all on a pay what you can model.

- Springfield Medical Care Systems, Springfield, operates the SMCS Children's Dental Health Project, sending a dental hygienist to visit local elementary schools to provide free dental services to families in Windsor and Windham counties.

- The Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Burlington, is launching its 2019 Made in Vermont Statewide Tour, with performances from Brattleboro to Derby Line. Funding will subsidize public ticket costs for a concert in Brattleboro.

- The Vermont Folklife Center, Middlebury, is conducting a Discovering Community Education Program, interviewing Vermont public school students about their experiences and narratives of changes under Act 46.

- The Stern Center for Language and Learning, Williston, seeks to improve literacy instruction in Vermont schools by introducing a new, research-based models.

The Windham Foundation was founded in 1963 with the goal of preserving and enhancing the social, economic, and cultural vitality of rural Vermont. The Foundation funds a array of projects. Learn more at In addition to its philanthropic endeavors, the Windham Foundation operates two social enterprises, the Grafton Village Cheese Company and the Grafton Inn.


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