Canaday Grant Program

Canaday Family Charitable Trust

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Deadline: Feb 2, 2022 6:00am PST (Letter of inquiry)

Grant amount: US $20,000 - US $270,000

Fields of work: Environmental Conservation Environment Education - Preschool / Early Learning Education - K through 12 Youth Services Child Welfare Services Environmental Education Children’s Health & Pediatrics Freshwater Conservation Children’s Mental Health Child Foster Care & Adoption Services Sustainability Waste Management Land/Habitat Conservation Marine/Ocean Conservation Zoology Botany Mycology Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program, Research

Location of project: Vermont

Location of residency: Preferred: Vermont Other eligible locations: United States

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The primary purpose of the Canaday Family Charitable Trust is to encourage and support not-for-profit organizations that work in Vermont to improve the lives of children and families, promote environmental education and conservation, and preserve the environment. The foundation seeks to fund innovative programs with clear, measurable goals for creating unique and significant improvements in the lives of children and in the environment.

The Trustees favor programs that advance the following Canaday Family values:

  • Making a difference
  • Having a measurable impact
  • Sustainability
  • Building knowledge, skills, & values
  • Promoting self-sufficiency

Fields of Interest

Children And Youth Services

  • Grant areas include, but are not limited to, children's education, health, housing, and insofar as it is in keeping with the Trust's charitable nature, advocacy for children.
  • Projects may directly benefit Vermont children, or might engage in public education on children's issues or in research to identify, characterize, and measure children's needs.


  • Grant areas include, but are not limited to, quality of land, water, and air, land use, waste disposal, biodiversity, sustainability, community involvement, and education.
  • Vermont already has some of the most stringent environmental laws in the country; research into non-regulatory means of achieving environmental goals is encouraged.

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


  • The Foundation supports organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are not classified as private foundations under Section 509(a) of the Code.
  • A proposal for a school curriculum project, for example, should identify teachers, administrators, parents, and others who have requested and will be prepared to support the project.
  • When a project has activities partly inside and partly outside of Vermont (for example, the project's boundaries are watershed-driven, as opposed to political), we will consider funding the Vermont portion of the project, but other funding must be found for the non- Vermont portion.
  • We are open to experimental projects even when a successful outcome is not assured, provided the impact of the projects is significant.
    • We believe that a failed project that discovers why it failed may in the long run be more valuable than a successful project that learns nothing from its success.


  • We prefer to fund projects that are Vermont-grown and Vermont-focused.
    • Projects that duplicate or extend work done in other states, or that carry Vermont-based work outside the state are of less interest than projects that spring from the unique physical, human, and political landscape of Vermont.
  • We prefer to fund special projects or initiatives.
  • We prefer to be a primary funder for projects rather than meeting existing challenge grants.
    • However, the trustees welcome cooperation with other grant-making organizations in jointly evaluating and funding projects.


  •  The Foundation does not award grants to individuals, capital campaigns, or endowments.
  •  We generally do not provide operating funding for existing organizations.


This page was last reviewed October 22, 2021 and last updated October 22, 2021