Ensuring that every child in Vermont has a fair chance at success is what drives our work. The money raised by the Foundation supports community-based prevention programs, a ground up approach to making sure children are safe and secure, they make wise choices, they are prepared to be good students, and are encouraged to feel good about themselves.
Funds are granted to programs that meet the following outcomes:
- Pregnant women, infants and children thrive
- Children are ready for school
- Children succeed in school
- Children live in stable, supported families
- Youth choose healthy behaviors
Examples of the types of programs supported by VCTF include:
- After-school programs
- High quality child care and preschool
- Literacy initiatives
- Parenting education
- Mentoring programs
- Teen Centers
- Substance abuse prevention programs
How does it work? On the fundraising side of the equation, the Foundation raises money through a variety of ways, including our annual event, The Polar Express™, and other special events; an annual appeal in the fall; corporate outreach; grant writing; and by building relationships with people who have an affinity for our mission. Vermont Children's Trust Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax deductible. The private money we raise is contributed to the Vermont Children’s Trust Fund.
On the granting side of the equation, organizations with programs that meet our guidelines are invited to submit requests for grants for review. Vermont Children's Trust Fund grants are given annually, with the grant cycle starting in late January each year.