WindhamCountyVermontIndependent Media wasawarded $10,000 to support The Commons, a monthly community newspaperand the Media Mentoring Project, a participatory journalism program. The MentorConnector was awarded$10,000 to support its mission to increase adult-youth mentoring matches. CentralVermont Adult Basic Educationwas awarded $10,000 to provide community-based basic education and literacyinstruction to students aged 50 years and older in Washington, Orange, andLamoille Counties. Food Works was awarded $10,000 to support its GoodFood-Good Medicine program that connects local farms with underservedcommunities. CommonGround Center wasawarded $3,750 to host the second annual Camp Kaleidoscope, a retreat forfamilies living with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Mobius, TheMentoring Movement wasawarded $9,000 to establish community-based mentoring programs through the SaraHolbrook Center and the Boys and Girls Club in Burlington’s North End. VermontHumanities Council wasawarded $10,000 to purchase books and hire facilitators for six new communitybook and discussion groups that emphasize historical and modern perspectives onsocial and racial equity, community identity, and war. Peace andJustice Center wasawarded $10,000 to support its initiative to analyze and build awareness aboutthe intersections between racial bias and economic justice in Vermont. BenningtonCountyOak HillChildren’s Center wasawarded $5,500 to support professional development for staff leading to fullaccreditation of the Center. VermontInstitute of Natural Sciencewas awarded $1,000 for operational support. The Vermont Community Foundation helps Vermont-focusedphilanthropists, organizations, and businesses cultivate their love of givingto the community. The VCF is a statewide public charity with more than500 individual funds, each of which contributes to building healthy andvital Vermont communities. It also offers planned giving, nonprofit endowmentmanagement, and other services that help charitable partners achieve theirmissions. For more information about the Foundation, visit www.vermontcf.org(link is external)or call 802-388-3355.# # # SnellingCenter for Governmentwas awarded $10,000 to help strengthen its Vermont School Leadership Project. More Than $241,000 Awarded to Nonprofits to Promote CivicEngagement; Diversity and Equity; and EducationMIDDLEBURY, VT- $241,959 was awarded to 31 organizations across the state as part of theVermont Community Foundation’s Successful Communities grant round, whichmakes awards to organizations that support civic engagement; diversity and equity;and education. R.U.1.2.?Community Center wasawarded $10,000 to support its Vermont Diversity Health Project. Friends of BurlingtonGardens, Inc. wasawarded $10,000 to support a mini-grant and technical assistance program thatwill help establish 10 new community garden sites across Vermont. StatewideBrattleboroCommunity Justice Centerwas awarded $6,200 to support its Returning Prisoner Simulation workshops. Reach Outand Read Vermont wasawarded $3,000 to support a literacy program that reaches children throughpediatric practices. VermontWomen’s History Projectwas awarded $1,000 for operational support. ChittendenCommunity Televisionwas awarded $10,000 to support the Center for Media & Democracy’sskill-building workshops and events for nonprofits. ChittendenCountyCenter forCommunity and Neighborhoodswas awarded $10,000 to support its new Inclusive Community Initiative. Joseph’sHouse was awarded$2,800 to bring together new American refugees and immigrants with theirneighbors. SpecialOlympics Vermont wasawarded $10,000 to support its multi-year initiative to shift the statewidestructure to a regional, community-based model and provide year-round trainingand competitive events. OutrightVermont was awarded$10,000 to support the statewide Vermont Youth StandOUT Campaign. ToxicsAction Center wasawarded $10,000 to support the Building Vibrant Communities Campaign toincrease the capacity of three ad-hoc citizens groups to address environmentalissues associated with gravel quarries in Moretown, Rochester, andChester. WashingtonCountyCenter forWhole Communities wasawarded $10,000 to support ValleyFutures.net, a network for civic engagementaround land development and conservation issues in Vermont’s Mad RiverValley. OrangeCountyWhite RiverCraft Center wasawarded $10,000 to hire a part-time program and community outreach coordinator. The followingorganizations received grants: Children’sLiteracy Foundation wasawarded $4,750 to provide new, high-quality children’s books to the library atthe Burlington King Street Youth Center and the children in the program. FletcherFree Library wasawarded $4,000 to support the establishment of two book clubs for teens thatwill include speakers and the purchase ofbooks. LamoilleCountyLamoilleArea Recreation Centerwas awarded $6,000 to help create a new computer learning lab, which willprovide education opportunities for all ages. RutlandCountyKids on theMove was awarded $6,096to offer a summer camp style program with intense physical, occupational, andspeech therapy to five special needs children ages four to five. VermontFreedom to Marry Task Forcewas awarded $10,000 to support public education activities about the issues surroundingthe freedom to marry for all Vermonters. WindsorCountyUpper ValleyTrails Alliance wasawarded $10,000 in operational support to strengthen and expand communityengagement and financial support in the service area between Ryegate andSpringfield. The DREAMProgram, Inc. was awarded$8,863 to provide 20 summer DREAM camp scholarships for children of refugee andimmigrant families.