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Vermont Economic Justice Program

Each summer, the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation offers competitive grants of up to $20,000 to Vermont-based, non-profit organizations working to address the economic, social and environmental impacts of poverty.  Grant decisions are made by a team of Ben & Jerry's employees from all three of our Vermont sites.

We will seek out innovative programs that are working toward fundamental change in Vermont and that approach their work through the lens of social justice and equity.

This program is not intended to fund projects that solely provide direct services to individuals.

Organizations with annual operating budgets under $1 million are preferred.

Areas of interest include: 

  • Equity in education
  • Access to safe and affordable housing
  • Access to jobs with livable wages
  • Workers rights
  • Access to affordable health care and
  • Access to healthy and affordable food

We will prioritize programs that work to involve and give voice to constituents most impacted by the problem they seek to address.

Grant recipients will be invited to make a presentation to Ben & Jerry’s Employees at some time during the grant year.

Areas Not Funded:

  • Discretionary or emergency requests
  • Schools or programs for schools
  • Colleges or universities
  • Individuals or scholarship programs
  • Research, litigation or legal expenses
  • Capital or endowment campaigns
  • State agencies or government sponsored programs
  • Businesses or business associations
  • Religious activities
  • Other foundations or regranting organizations
  • Organizations or programs that are focused or based outside the state of Vermont
  • Direct services to individuals

Process 

Proposals may be submitted through our on-line application process, from April 15th. The deadline for submissions is July 11th, 2016 for review in September.

Renewal applications:  Organizations that have received a grant previously are welcome to apply for a renewal grant under the Vermont Economic Justice Grant Program, provided a final report has been submitted in a timely manner.  We can make no guarantees for renewal funding however and, after three grant awards, organizations will be asked to refrain from reapplying for at least two years. 

To learn more about our online system, please click here for a tutorial.

Apply through online system

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Salvation Farms

Vermont Economic Justice Program

Salvation Farms’ mission is to build increased resilience in Vermont’s food system through agricultural surplus management. Salvation Farms received a grant of $10,000 in general operating support 

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Vermont Works For Women

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Vermont Works for Women (VWW) helps women and girls recognize their potential and explore, pursue and excel in work that leads to economic independence.

Vermont Works for Women has an extensive record of accomplishment in working with women, young adults, girls, educators and employers and in developing, implementing, and growing innovative programs.

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