Grant Seeker Guidelines
The Stratton Foundation is a community based non-profit organization that cares about the health and welfare of children and their families in southern Vermont. The mission of the Stratton Foundation is to address the challenges of poverty that stand between a child in-need and the opportunity to be healthy, safe, and educated. The goal of the Stratton Foundation is to end the cycle of generational poverty by helping at-risk children become successful adults.
WHEN DOES THE FOUNDATION ACCEPT APPLICATIONS?
The Stratton Foundation receives and distributes the largest share of its financial support for grants that are received by the April 1 st deadline. Limited funds are held in reserve for Unanticipated Need Requests that arrive after the April deadline. Emergency Assistance requests are accepted at any time.
ANNUAL – Applications accepted February 1 to April 1.
- Requests of any amount must apply
- Grants awarded no later than June 1
QUARTERLY Considerations – Requests may not exceed $5,000
- Quarter 2 – Applications accepted July 1 - 31
- Quarter 3 – Applications accepted September 1 - 30
- Quarter 4 – Applications accepted December 1 – 30
EMERGENCY NEEDS – Applications accepted as needed.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?
The Stratton Foundation awards grants to organizations and programs that are direct providers to our most vulnerable children and their families. The Stratton Foundation considers grant applications from organizations that:
- Are determined as charitable under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. These include nonprofit organizations such as schools, churches, hospitals and community service organizations; and
- Provide programs and services to children and families within the following sixteen towns: Arlington, Danby, Dorset, Jamaica, Landgrove, Londonderry, Manchester, Peru, South Londonderry, Stratton, Sunderland, Townsend, Weston, Wardsboro, Windham, and Winhall.
WHAT DOES THE STRATTON FOUNDATION FUND?
The Stratton Foundation supports programs that address the challenges of poverty. These include programs that strive to care for the well-being, health and hygiene of its poorest children; foster school-readiness by reducing barriers to learning; and help children develop competencies and skills necessary to lead a more productive life.
Programs must fall into at least one of following four major focus areas:
- Food and Hunger – to end the injustice of food and malnutrition.
- Health and Dental Health – to care for the health and wellbeing of our disadvantaged children
- Basic Necessities – so that low income families can access services, remain safe, warm, and secure.
- Education that helps children and teens develop a vision for a future with economic independence.
WHAT CRITERIA ARE CONSIDERED?
When evaluating requests, the Foundation considers the balance of geography, needs and resources in the community. It considers programs that are:
- New or existing initiatives; and
- Able to demonstrate the capacity to sustain the necessary services using good administrative and financial management.
WHAT IS THE RANGE OF GRANTS & EXPECTATIONS?
The Stratton Foundation does not set a minimum or maximum amount for grants, however reporting guidelines differ depending on grant size.
- $5,000 and under: Report due at the end of the program year
- $5,001-10,000: Reports due in the middle and at the end of program year
- $10,001 and over: Reports due quarterly and end of program year
HOW TO APPLY:
Any 501(c)(3) organization serving children and their families in the Stratton Foundation footprint interested in seeking grant support must complete an application. If you are unsure if your organization or program is eligible, please contact Tammy Mosher, Executive Director at the Stratton Foundation at (802) 297-2096 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.