Windham County receives $9,500 from VCF for local projects

Four nonprofit organizations in Windham County received a total of $9,500 in Small and Inspiring grants from the Vermont Community Foundation (VCF) for local projects last fall.

One of a number of competitive grant rounds at the VCF, the Small and Inspiring grants program funds work that helps connect people to their neighbors, their land, and their history in ways that strengthen community.

Nonprofits interested in applying for a Small and Inspiring grant are encouraged to visit for more information. There are three remaining rounds in 2016, with deadlines at 5 p.m. on March 8, July 26, and Oct. 11.

Fall 2015 Small & Inspiring Grants in Windham County included:

• Art in the Neighborhood received $2,000 to support visual art classes for children enrolled in Health Care and Rehabilitative Services therapeutic activities programs.

• Post Oil Solutions received $2,500 to support a series of facilitated cross-class dialogues, in which participants will learn from each other's experiences, build trust and understanding, and become better equipped to work together across class differences.

• Turning Point of Windham County received $2,500 to support an “ecological living room” for the recovery center's new permanent facility, enlisting both center volunteers and neighborhood supporters to bring to life a design this summer's Permaculture Design class created.

• Vermont Performance Lab received $2,500 to support Doggie Hamlet, a full-length outdoor performance that weaves dance, music, visual and theatrical elements with aspects from competitive sheep herding trials.

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