The trustees have established a set of informal
- We prefer to fund projects that are Vermont-grown
and Vermont-focused. Projects that duplicate
or extend work done in other states, or that
carry Vermont-based work outside the state are
of less interest than projects that spring from
the unique physical, human, and political landscape
- A proposal for a school curriculum project, for example, should identify teachers, administrators, parents, and others who have requested and will be prepared to support the project.
- We prefer to fund special projects or initiatives.
We generally do not provide operating funding
for existing organizations.
- We prefer to be a primary funder for projects
rather than meeting existing challenge grants. However, the trustees welcome cooperation
with other grant-making organizations in jointly
evaluating and funding projects.
- When a project has activities partly inside and partly outside of Vermont (for example, the project's boundaries are watershed-driven, as opposed to political), we will consider funding
the Vermont portion of the project, but
other funding must be found for the non-
- We are open to experimental projects
even when a successful outcome is not
assured, provided the impact of the
projects is significant. We believe that a failed
project that discovers why it failed may in
the long run be more valuable than a
successful project that learns nothing
from its success.
- Specificity, clarity, and brevity are
- Familiarity with programs previously funded by the Canaday Family Charitable Trust is assumed and proposals for similar work should explain how that work expands or improves previously-funded work. For example, proposals for place-based programs should compare and contrast their program with the UVM PLACE Institute.
We are particularly interested in educational
aspects of any given proposal, as well
as evaluation of the project. How will you
measure the success or failure of your
project, and how will you share that success
or failure with others? When appropriate,
proposals may request funds specifically for
the evaluation, but the scale of the evaluation
should match the scale of the project.
The Foundation supports organizations that
are tax-exempt under Section 501 (c)(3) of
the Internal Revenue Code and are not
classified as private foundations under
Section 509(a) of the Code.
The Foundation does not award grants to individuals,
capital campaigns, or endowments.