Deerfield River Enhancement Fund Grant

Vermont Community Foundation

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Grant amount: Up to US $14,000

Next anticipated deadline: May 31, 2023 2:00pm PDT (Letter of inquiry)

Later anticipated deadlines: Aug 2, 2023 2:00pm PDT (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Massachusetts: Berkshire County, Franklin County, Hampshire County, Counties in Vermont: Bennington County, Windham County

Location of residency: Massachusetts, Vermont

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About this funder:



Since 1986, the Vermont Community Foundation has been committed to building philanthropic resources that sustain healthy and vital Vermont communities. One part of that work involves making grants. The Foundation awards more than $12 million annually to nonprofit organizations in Vermont and beyond. These grants support a breadth of issues such as hunger, housing, arts, cultural heritage, social justice, animal welfare, and environmental sustainability.

Deerfield River Enhancement

The Deerfield River Enhancement Fund was established in 1999 by USGen New England, Inc., now known as Great River Hydro, LLC , for the environmental preservation of the Deerfield River Watershed. Grants are awarded for new initiatives, one-time special projects, or continuing funding for outstanding, existing programs. Examples include, but are not limited to, volunteer monitoring projects, events, trail work projects, field trips, educational workshops, media campaigns, and improving public access sites.

The Vermont Community Foundation and the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts are jointly managing grantmaking for the Deerfield River Enhancement Fund.

The Fund will make a grant or grants totaling approximately $14,000.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Eligible grant recipients include nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and units of local and regional government within Vermont and Massachusetts.
  • Projects must be located within the Deerfield River Basin or in towns with some portion falling within the basin.
    • In the latter case, projects must be directly tied to the basin, e.g. a trail spur originating outside the basin that connects with a trail network within the basin.
    • See a map of the area.
  • Grant applicants must employ staff and provide services without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity (as defined in paragraph 249(c)(4) of title 18, United States Code), sexual orientation, marital or parental status, political affiliation, military service, physical or mental ability.