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Vermont Capacity Building Program



The Ben & Jerry’s Foundation is working hard to sort out our immediate and longer-term responses to the COVID-19 crisis and in order to free up more funds and increase our bandwidth to address the emergent and growing needs around the country, we have made the difficult decision to suspend the Capacity Building grant program.

We apologize for any disappointment this decision will inevitably cause, but we feel this is the right thing to do for now. We know that all non-profits, like everybody, are feeling the impacts of this crisis. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.



Each year, the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation offers one multi-year organizational capacity grant to a Vermont-based, statewide non-profit organization that has both a vision and a strategic plan to extend its influence and achieve defined goals. The grant is for a maximum of $30,000 per year, for up to three years, to significantly enhance the capacity of the organization. The organization's goals should resonate with the Foundation’s mission to further social justice, protect the environment or support family farms and local food systems. 


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Vermont Farm to School Network

Vermont Capacity Building Program

The Vermont Farm to School (FTS) Network is a statewide network of advocates, practitioners, and programs that provides  leadership, coordination, and advocacy to advance new and existing Farm to School efforts in Vermont classrooms, cafeterias and communities. The Vermont Farm to School Network shares the vision that every Vermont student and school community is engaged in a local food and farm culture that nurtures children’s health, cultivates viable farms, and builds vibrant communities.

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