Vermont 250th Community Planning Grants
Generously supported by Vermont Covered and administered by the Vermont Historical Society as part of their work with the Vermont 250th Anniversary Commission.
In Vermont, the years 2025-2027 will focus on the semiquincentennial (250th) of the founding of the United States. Planning for this commemoration is already underway. The Vermont 250th Anniversary Commission (VT250th), tasked by Governor Phil Scott, is working to create opportunities for Vermonters to mark this anniversary. The 250th offers an occasion to not only learn more about these historic events but also to reflect on what independence, freedom, and self-determination mean today and in the future. Vermont’s motto “Freedom and Unity” reflects not only the spirit of the Green Mountain State, but the founding ethos of the United States itself.
The VT250th is working diligently to be economically, culturally, and racially inclusive in the planning and implementation of the anniversary. Inclusion requires access. In 2023 broadband and wireless connectivity is essential for public safety, rural equity, education, job opportunities, economic development, health care, and agriculture. All Vermonters should have the connection to participate fully and have the opportunities offered in our increasingly digital world. Vermont Covered works with communities throughout Vermont to advocate for and create access to this revolutionary technology.
This grant program is intended to help communities plan and prepare for the 250th at the local level. Grants are $1,000 and will be given to support a range of activities that help to define and move forward programs, events, and resources for 2026-2027. This can include but is not limited to activities such as community dialogues, exhibit research/design, collections digitization/access projects, preliminary work on publications, creation of educational resources, or other general planning activities.
Eligible organizations must be doing work within the following communities selected by Vermont Covered:
Applicants can include local historical societies, museums, libraries, & other community-based organizations. More informal community or friends groups may apply, but there must be a sponsoring non-profit, municipal, or community-based organization that can receive the funds. Up to one grant recipient from each town will be selected.
Activities must align with one or more of the themes outlined by the VT250th. These themes can be found here. Activities covered under the grant must take place between February-December 2024. Higher ratings may be given to applications that showcase partnerships between communities and/or include a wide range of community partners.
Grant applications are accepted electronically with two deadlines: 1st Round: December 23, 2023 & 2nd Round: February 1, 2024. Communities selected for grants will be required to complete a set of secondary application materials with Vermont Covered before funds are released.
Recipients will be required to acknowledge the VT250th and Vermont Covered and this funding in promotional materials about supported activities. Public events/programs supported by these grants will be eligible for inclusion on the Vermont 250th events calendar.
Recipients will be required to file a final report on their supported activities no later than January 15, 2025.
The application should be completed online.
If you have any difficulty in completing an application online, please contact us as noted below.
Each application will be reviewed against the following criteria ranked on a numerical scale with 1 being lowest. Applications with highest accumulated score will be recommended for funding.
- Adherence to 250th themes [1-5]
- Feasibility of activities to lead to 250th programs/events/resources [1-3]
- Potential community reach & partnership [1-5]
- Ways in which activities promote inclusion, access, & diversity [1-3]
Secondary Application with Vermont Covered
If an application is recommended for funding, it will be forwarded to Vermont Covered for the completion of secondary application materials. This consists of a questionnaire related to Vermont Covered’s goal to help Vermonters achieve cost-effective mobile wireless broadband in order to bridge the gap between rural availability and internet affordability. A supported project must submit questionnaires completed by 1% of the town’s population (or at least ten community members, whichever is greater) to Vermont Covered before funds will be released. For more information, please visit: vtcovered.org.
Please contact Eileen Corcoran, VHS Director of Service & Outreach at email@example.com, (802) 479-8522.