Tiny Grant Information

2021 Tiny Grant Program Announcement & Application

Click here to read our official announcement of the 2020 Tiny Grant Winners!

Grant range: $250 – $600

Grant application due: May 1, 2021

Grant Application: Download the 2021 application here.

Grant award announcement: Summer 2021

Please email all applications to the AVCC Board at vtconservation@gmail.com. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we are checking our physical mail very infrequently, and we strongly encourage email submissions. Thank you for understanding. If it is not possible to send materials electronically, you can mail them to AVCC, c/o Vermont Natural Resources Council, 9 Bailey Ave, Montpelier, VT 05602.

AVCC Goals:

  • To assist local committees/groups to become Conservation Commissions
  • To increase the functioning capacity of existing Conservation Commissions, and
  • To provide seed money and/or matching funds for specific projects in the broad categories of land conservation, education and outreach, stewardship and management, and planning.

Eligibility for funding: To be eligible for an AVCC Tiny Grant, groups must be:

Vermont Conservation Commissions or local committees/groups that are working towards becoming a Conservation Commission and are paid members of AVCC

Other Stipulations: Groups must be a municipality or IRS certified 501(c)(3) public charity, or have fiscal sponsorship by a municipality or IRS certified 501(c)(3) public charity. Prior recipients of grants from AVCC must have completed those grants and closed them out. Grants cannot be used for general funds, dues or subscriptions.

Timetable: Applications must be submitted (or postmarked if sent by postal service) on or before May 1, 2021. Grantees will be notified of funding approval in summer 2021. Projects must be completed and a final report submitted by May 28, 2022. Extensions may be considered.

Evaluation Criteria for Grant Funding:

  • Demonstrated need
  • Evidence of matching funds and/or in-kind services
  • Closely aligns with grant goals
  • Project readiness
  • Local support and volunteer involvement

Payment Process: The funds awarded under this grant will be available approximately a month after the awards are announced. Checks will be issued by the Vermont Community Foundation.

Grant Closeout: Grantees will be required to submit online a Conservation Success Story using the AVCC website (https://vtconservation.com/add-your-story/), presenting evidence of grant completion with photographs, and text detailing outcomes and challenges.

Acknowledgement: If awarded, grantees should credit AVCC in any publicity.