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Press Release: Vermont Education Associations, Vermont Community Foundation Issue Grants to Support Local Efforts that Advance Educational Equity

The Vermont School Boards Association (VSBA), Vermont Superintendents Association (VSA), and Vermont Principals ’Association (VPA) have awarded $50,000 in mini-grants to local efforts that advance educational equity as part of the Welcoming, Equitable, and

Anti-Racist Communities Initiative of the Vermont Community Foundation’s VT COVID- 19 Response Fund.

The program attracted 41 applications from around the state that demonstrated considerable commitment to educational equity and antiracism in local school communities. Five applications were selected at the $5,000 level and an additional 10 applications were selected to receive $2,500 grants.

The goal of the equity mini-grants is to provide direct and meaningful support to local changemakers across the state. Representative projects include affinity spaces for BIPOC students and educators; strategic planning for support of LGBTQ+ students; partnerships with local small businesses, such as the Clemmons Family Farm; and integration of Abenaki culture and history into educational programming. “Few things are more central to a sense of community than the idea of belonging,” said Dan Smith, president and CEO of the Vermont Community Foundation. “As Vermont evolves, we are committed to the role of the Community Foundation and its fundholders in fostering the idea of belonging. That work begins in our schools, where our young people spend the most time.”

VSBA, VSA, and VPA provided the equity mini-grants as part of the Associations ’larger efforts to promote equity, antiracism, and inclusion in communities statewide. That work was supported with an initial grant of $150,000 from the Vermont Community

Foundation’s VT COVID-19 Response Fund in January 2021 and an additional $100,000 grant in January 2022 from the same fund as well as the Fountain Fund

housed at the Vermont Community Foundation. In addition to the recently issued mini- grants, the grants are supporting educational policy review and revisions, equity

consultation for school leaders and school boards, and professional learning opportunities for staff and membership.

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