Mini-Grants Have Major Impact
Each year VHC awards small grants
that make a big difference for literacy. Recent mini-grants include
those below. Verizon’s
Check Into Literacy program funds this program.
If you are a nonprofit organization interested
in a Vermont Humanities Council mini-grant, contact Director
Programs Jan Steinbauer at
- Castleton Area Childcare
Providers ~ to bring together
childcare providers and families to build literacy skills.
Participants received books.
- Child Care Providers' Network
of Rutland ~ for books for a tote bag for child care
providers to use for early literacy skills.
- Fletcher Free Library, Burlington
~ for books for A Long Journey book discussion series, which
and refugees an opportunity
to practice English with English as a Second Language students
from the Community
College of Vermont.
- Lamoille Valley Success By Six,
Morrisville ~ for a newsletter with literacy tips, professional
and book suggestions
for parents and childcare providers.
- North Country
Union Jr. High, Derby ~
for books for a read-at-home project where 7th and 8th
graders read books with their families, have discussions,
- The Family Place,
Norwich ~ for teen parent book bags.
- Joe Houston Eagle
Peoples Academy, Morissville ~ for a graphic novels reading
and discussion program to develop literacy skills
for at-risk middle school students.
- Montgomery Success
By Six ~ for books
for parents to take home for their children after participating
in monthly reading activities at
- St. Johnsbury Pediatrics ~ for the purchase of books to
give to families with young children.
Success By Six ~ for books for their family reading program. Each
family receives a book every month.
- Vermont Reading Partners,
Killington ~ for books for mentors to use with students
in an after-school program.
- Vermont Teachers
of Family and Consumer Sciences, Rutland ~ for books awarded at their
annual conference entitled "Strenghthening
Families through Literacy."
- Chittenden County Vermont Adult Learning
~ for a Black History Month reading
series. Students discussed the origins of hatred and reflected
- Edmunds Middle School ~ for guest speakers
on the Underground Railroad at a Humanities Camp for at-risk
middle school students.
- First Congregational
Church of St. Albans ~ for an Underground Railroad program for Vermont
Adult Learning and school students.
- Greensboro Wonder
and Wisdom ~ for books for a children’s Hidden
Treasures Summer Reading Challenge.
- Millers Run School ~ for a lecture
and a field trip to the Old Stone House for at-risk middle
- Milton Elementary
School ~ for a field
trip to the Ethan Allen Homestead for at-risk middle school
- Northeast Kingdom
Early Head Start ~ for early
literacy trainings for home visitors who teach parents
how to share books with children.
- Northfield and Roxbury
Success by Six ~ to purchase children’s
books for a Family Reading Program geared toward parents receiving
services from Central Vermont Adult Basic Education or
- Waits River Valley
School ~ for cameras and
film to enhance a literacy
project around the biography and art of photographer Dorothea