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Vermont Community Action Team Program

The Vermont Community Action Teams (CATs) offer general or project support within the broad guidelines and funding provided by the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation. Every month, the CATs make small grants, generally under $2,000, to various local, community-based Vermont non-profit programs. In addition to making small grants, the CATs plan community service projects for all employees at their sites.

As a response to the COVID-19 crisis, we are focusing our funding priorities to address the immediate community needs as they relate to this crises; access to housing, food, health care, elder and child care, and focusing on populations with the greatest need.

CAT Guidelines & Priorities

Grant requests must be from local, community-based, Vermont non-profit, 501(c)(3) organizations, or organizations that have a fiscal agent with 501(c)(3) status, schools or municipalities located in Vermont.


Priorities include:

  • Under-served populations including seniors, at-risk youth and low income communities
  • Basic human needs and the needs of underserved areas of the state
  • Access to housing, food, health care, elder and child care
  • Organizations that have strong volunteer base
  • Organizations that have the demonstrated support of their community
  • Organizations that are not relying exclusively on funding from the Ben & Jerry's Foundation
  • Innovative programs, and groups that might not have access to more mainstream sources of support.  

Areas not funded:

    • Individuals
    • Organizations located outside the state of Vermont, or whose focus is outside the state of Vermont
    • Statewide programs or organizations (local affiliates are fine)
    • National organizations
    • Programs or purposes that may be perceived as directly benefiting a Ben & Jerry’s employee or their family members



Applications may be submitted online through our grants management system at any time, and are reviewed on a monthly basis. For information on using our online system, please click here for a tutorial.

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