Vermont Economic Justice Grant Program

Ben & Jerry's Foundation

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Grant amount: Up to US $20,000

Anticipated deadline: Jul 1, 2020

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Vermont

Location of residency: Vermont

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About this funder:



Each summer, the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation offers competitive grants of up to $20,000 to Vermont-based, non-profit organizations working to address the economic, social and environmental impacts of poverty. Grant decisions are made by a team of Ben & Jerry's employees from all three of our Vermont sites.

We will seek out innovative programs that are working toward fundamental change in Vermont and that approach their work through the lens of social justice and equity.

Areas of interest include: 

  • Equity in education
  • Access to safe and affordable housing
  • Access to jobs with livable wages
  • Workers rights
  • Access to affordable health care and
  • Access to healthy and affordable food

We will prioritize programs that work to involve and give voice to constituents most impacted by the problem they seek to address.

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


  • Nonprofit charitable organizations that are exempt from federal taxes under section 501(c) (3) of the IRS Revenue Code can apply for grant.
  • Organizations that have received a grant previously are welcome to apply for a renewal grant under the Vermont Economic Justice Grant Program, provided a final report has been submitted in a timely manner.
  • We can make no guarantees for renewal funding however and, after three grant awards, organizations will be asked to refrain from reapplying for at least two years. 


  • Organizations with annual operating budgets under $1 million are preferred.


  • Areas Not Funded:
    • Discretionary or emergency requests
    • Schools or programs for schools
    • Colleges or universities
    • Individuals or scholarship programs
    • Research, litigation or legal expenses
    • Capital or endowment campaigns
    • State agencies or government-sponsored programs
    • Businesses or business associations
    • Religious activities
    • Other foundations or regranting organizations
    • Organizations or programs that are focused or based outside the state of Vermont
    • Direct services to individuals