Tiny Grants

The goal of AVCC’s Tiny Grants program is 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.

2025 Tiny Grants

We are not yet accepting applications for funding in 2025. Please stay tuned for future updates.

Grant range: $250 – $600

Grant application due: April 4, 2025

Grant award announcement: May 9, 2025

Please email all applications to the AVCC Board at vtconservation@gmail.com. We strongly encourage email submissions, but if it is not possible to send materials electronically, you can mail them to:

Association of Vermont Conservation Commissions
c/o Vermont Natural Resources Council
11 Baldwin Street
Montpelier, VT 05602

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is me-maggie-and-the-ash-rotated.jpg
Tom Hinckley (and Maggie) from the Putney Conservation Commission, mapping the occurrence of Emerald Ash Borer along town roads, funded in part by a 2020 Tiny Grant.

Grant Terms and Conditions

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 April 5, 2024. Grantees will be notified of funding approval by May 10, 2024. A brief update and progress report should be delivered by December 15, 2024 for inclusion in AVCC’s 2024 Annual Report. A final report should be submitted upon completion of the project, with both occurring no later than May 1, 2025.

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 (http://vtconserv.powershift.info/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.

Details on previous grant recipients can be found below: