Each year, the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation offers one multi-year organizational capacity grant to a Vermont-based, statewide nonprofit 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.
Applicants must demonstrate that the organization has strong leadership and governance, has a proven track record of accomplishment, and has developed a strategic plan. Organizations must show how by meeting the capacity needs identified in their strategic plan, they would be able to chart a path to organizational sustainability.
The proposal must articulate a clear, well-thought out vision for how the grant dollars will be used over time and be specific as to how the improvements enabled by the grant would advance the organization’s ability to accomplish its mission, increase its long-term viability and strengthen its impact.
Organizations must have a statewide impact and be working toward broad, systemic change for the betterment of Vermont and Vermonters.
Organizations with operating budgets under $1 Million are preferred.
Grant monies may not be used for general operating support or program support.
Grant monies may be used for:
- Organizational development work
- Staff development
- Infrastructure Development
- Staffing needs
The application process is highly competitive. Only one grant is awarded each year. The Employee Advisory Committee reviews applications and selects finalists. Finalists will be required to host a site visit in August. Yearly installments will be awarded based on an evaluation of progress in a written report, an in-person presentation, and a follow up interview.
The process opens mid-March with a deadline for proposals on May 31st for review in June. Final decisions will be announced in October.
Applications are to be submitted through our on-line grant management system. To learn more about our online system, please click here for a tutorial.