Funding Resources

There are a variety of local, state, and national grants available that can help offset the costs of hosting the The Learning Kitchen or other Nutrition Ed. Each grant has its own eligibility requirements and application process. Here you will find some suggestions of grants to apply for, tips for continuing your grant search, language surrounding The Learning Kitchen that has been successful in past grant applications, and TLK-based evaluation materials that can be used if required by funders.

 Grant Opportunities

Grant Search Tips

Language Suggestions

Evaluation Materials

Grant Opportunities

State/Local Grants:

New England Grassroots Environment Fund

Who is eligible?

Volunteer-driven groups or those with no more than 2 full-time paid staff (or equivalents) doing community-based environmental work in CT, ME, MA, NH, RI or VT with an annual operating budget under $100,000

Seed Grants: Quick grants of $250-$1000 made to small volunteer-driven organizations to launch new environmental projects.

Grow Grants: Grants of $250-$1000 made to small volunteer-driven organizations to build capacity and expand pre-existing environmental programs.

The Vermont Community Foundation

Who is eligible?

Nonprofit or community groups in specific locations throughout Vermont (varies by grant, see below) with 501(c)(3) status or that have a 501(c)(3) group willing to act as a fiscal sponsor.

Spark! Connecting Community: Grants of $500 to $3,000 made to organizations working to build social capital and increase opportunity for low-income youth/families

The Walter Cerf Community Fund: Grants of $500 to $5,000 and one up to $25,000 made to organizations in Addison County, Brandon, or that work statewide to addresses the needs of under-served populations in the areas of are the arts, education, historic preservation, and social services.

Green Mountain Fund: $500-$1000 mini grants or $1,000 to $5,000 sustaining grants to leverage other dollars or a new idea to organizations in Eastern Lamoille County and the neighboring communities of Craftsbury, Greensboro, or Hardwick focused on reducing the opportunity gap.

Northeast Kingdom Fund Grants: $500-$1000 mini grants or $1,000 to $5,000 development grants to organizations in the Northeast Kingdom to help leverage other dollars or new ideas.

Hills and Hollows Fund: $250-$1,500 Hollows Grant or $1,501- $7,400 Hills Grant to organizations in Poultney/Rutland County or its nearby areas looking to create or expand collaborative projects throughout the community.

Ben & Jerry's Foundation

Who is eligible?

Schools, municipalities, local, community-based, Vermont non-profit, 501(c)(3) organizations, or organizations that have a fiscal agent with 501(c)(3) status.

Vermont Community Action Team Program: Grants under $2,000 for a variety of community programs in Vermont, especially those that pay special attention to underserved communities and support basic human needs.

Citizens Bank

Whos is eligible?

Nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status  serving local residents in areas in which the bank has a branch presence.

Grants to programs that fight hunger and food insecurity, promote financial literacy and/or strengthen community economic development, especially those that directly serve low-income populations, are a year long, can be replicated, and address an unmet need.

The George W. Mergens Foundation

Who is eligible?

Vermont-based, 501(c)(3) organizations that primarily serve youth (birth to adolescence), including organizations that serve families to enhance child welfare.

Grants to Vermont-based organizations serving primarily youth or their families to promote knowledge, creativity, leadership and good health.

The Richard E. and Deborah L. Tarrant Foundation

Who is eligible?

501(c)(3) public charities, government entities, schools and religious organizations that support school-age youth

Community Grants: Grants to organizations in Vermont working to promote youth development, including the achievement gap, job readiness, mentoring, out-of-school time, financial literacy, emergency & transitional housing, and community–based addiction recovery, especially those that have demonstrated a track record of effective solutions.

North Country Federal Credit Union

Who is eligible?

Nonprofit organizations in northern Vermont that address poverty/homelessness/hunger, health/ wellness/disability/elderly, youth/education, animal welfare, or community/arts/culture/social responsibility.

Community Giving: Funding to non-profit organizations in northern Vermont for events, programs and projects that provide individuals with the tools and opportunities they need to overcome challenges and become self-sufficient, contributing members of the community.

National Corporate/Foundation Grants:

Action for Healthy Kids

Who is eligible?

Any K-12 school that proposing to implement at least one physical activity initiative and at least one nutrition initiative.

Game on Grants: Grants of $500-$1000 to schools to implement nutrition and physical activity initiatives, especially those with at least 50% of students eligible for free or reduced meals.

Walmart Community Foundation

Who is eligible?

501(c)(3) or (19) organizations, recognized government entities such as state, county, or city agencies, including law enforcement or fire departments, that are requesting funds exclusively for public purposes, K-12 public or private schools, charter schools, community/junior colleges, state/private colleges or universities, church or other faith-based organizations with a proposed project that benefits the community at large,

Community Grant Program: Grants of $250-$5000 to organizations working within one of their eight areas of funding, one of which is hunger relief and healthy eating.

SC Johnson

Who is eligible?

501(c)(3) organizations based in the United States, or a government entity such as a school, library, or public agency.

Grants to organizations focused on community and economic development, social services, health and well-being, education, and sustainability/environmental programs.

Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

Who is eligible?

Organizations working within the areas of education, family economic stability and childhood health, targeted towards individuals in the United States, India and South Africa

Health & Wellness: Grants up to 25% of project’s budget or 10% of an organization’s total annual operating expenses for organizations working in the education, family economic stability and childhood health sectors, especially those targeted towards children living in urban poverty.

Emeril Lagasse Foundation

Who is eligible?

501(c)(3) organizations with existing school garden and/or culinary education programs.

Small Grants Program: Up to $10,000 in grants for organizations that already have an existing school garden or culinary education program, specifically those that align with the values of appreciation of the source of food, development of life skills through food, nutrition and healthy eating and development of culinary skills.

Grant Search Tips

The grants featured above is not an exhaustive list of all funding opportunities available. To continue your search, here are some places you can look:

  • Local banks/credit unions often have community giving opportunities available. Check their websites for information/postings

  • Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro provides access to the Foundation Center’s Foundation Directory Online, a comprehensive, regularly updated database of foundations and corporate giving programs

  • The Vermont Directory of Foundations Online allows you to search for grantmakers that have a primary address in Vermont or those that have a geographic focus that includes Vermont.

  • Federal Assistance Listings provides a catalog of federal financial and nonfinancial assistance programs that benefit the American public.

  • allows you to search and apply for federal government grants

Language Suggestions

Here are some phrases that can be used when writing grant proposals for the Learning Kitchen.

Evaluation Materials

Sometimes, grant funders will require recipients to submit data or other information demonstrating the outcomes of the program being funding and its success. These materials can be administered throughout The Learning Kitchen then submitted to funders.

  • Food Behavior Checklist - This 16 question outcome evaluation is administered at the first and last class to measure changes in dietary behaviors of participants.  Hosts should provide double-sided color copies on 11" x 17" paper which is folded in half for all participants to ensure consistency.

  • Fruit and Vegetable Inventory - This two-question survey is intended to evaluate positive changes in consumption of fruits and vegetables, specifically. The half sheet is to be distributed to participants after the final class. These evaluations can either be copied and distributed to every participant or the class can be surveyed and respondent numbers can be collected for each response.

  • Subjective Evaluations - These evaluations are administered after the final class to solicit comments and feedback