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Lake Champlain Basin: Kelsey Trust Grant - Education & Environment Grants

Vermont Community Foundation

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Predicted deadline: Jun 1, 2021 (Letter of inquiry)

Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $10,000

Fields of work: Education Freshwater Conservation Environmental Conservation

Applicant type: Government Entity, Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in New York: Clinton County, Essex County, Franklin County, Warren County, Washington County Show all

Location of residency: Preferred: Counties in New York: Clinton County, Essex County, Franklin County, Warren County, Washington County, Counties in Vermont: Addison County, Bennington County, Caledonia County, Chittenden County, Franklin County, Grand Isle County, Lamoille County, Orange County, Orleans County, Rutland County, Washington County Other eligible locations: New York, Vermont

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About this funder:



NOTE  In order to focus very limited resources on urgent needs and long-standing partners during the coronavirus pandemic, the Kelsey Trust is not hosting a grants application process this spring.

The Kelsey Trust is a family foundation, established in 1988 by Sally Patrick Johnson to benefit the people and protect the environment of the Lake Champlain Basin. The Trust honors the lives and work of Robert Fleming Patrick and Jonathan Kelsey Woods. Since 1989 the Trust has worked collaboratively with the Vermont Community Foundation, which assists the Trust with its grantmaking.

The Trust focuses exclusively on the following issues for the Spring cycle:

  • Environment - We are particularly interested in programs aimed at protecting Lake Champlain and its tributaries, the Green Mountains, and the Adirondacks.
  • Education - Programs that benefit non-traditional students and that increase educational access, incentives, and opportunities for underserved populations.

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


  • The Trust supports organizations that serve the people and/or protect the environment of the Lake Champlain Basin.
  • Organizations must be tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or be a public agency or municipality in either the state of Vermont or New York.
    • Nonprofit organizations or community groups that are not 501(c)(3)s may be eligible if represented by a non-profit fiscal agent.
  • Applicants must not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, national origin, color, age, physical handicap, or sexual orientation.
  • The Trust's giving is limited to organizations and projects that serve the people and protect the natural environment of the Lake Champlain Basin.


  • There is a preference for organizations located in the Basin.


  • The Trust does not make grants to endowment campaigns, to individuals, for sectarian religious purposes, or where the Trust may become a predominant source of support.


This page was last reviewed November 23, 2020 and last updated May 05, 2020