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Grant applications to Vermont Early Childhood Fund will open Aug. 29

A two-year-old attending a hearing/vision screening with CIS/Early Intervention in Bennington, Vermont
A current VECF grantee is the Bennington Hearing and Vision Screening Project, where Bennington County’s Children’s Integrated Services Early Intervention Program is providing vision and hearing screenings to eligible children birth to age 3.

Building Bright Futures is pleased to announce a second round of grants will be available from the Vermont Early Childhood Fund (VECF) to support creative solutions to improve the well-being of children (prenatal-age 8), families, as well as the Vermont communities in which they live. 

Each year, BBF Regional Councils, the early childhood experts within communities, identify two key issues impacting children and families in each of the 12 Vermont regions. Recognizing the expertise of Regional Councils and in order to use the funds most effectively, the Vermont Early Childhood Fund uses these regional priorities to guide the investment of $100,000 to fund regional creative solutions. With this guidance, BBF will provide grants of $10,000-$20,000 directly to grantees thanks to funding from the Sunflower Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation. Preference will be given to projects that promote fairness and equity by incorporating anti-racism and social justice practices into their work. The Vermont Early Childhood Fund seeks to fund projects otherwise not eligible for other funding opportunities.

Applications will be available on Monday, Aug. 29 and will be due on Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. For more information on current grantees, visit our website.

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