Funding is now available through the Walter Cerf Community Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation. Cerf, a native of Germany who made Vermont’s Addison County his home in his later years, gave more than $10 million to organizations and projects in the state before passing away in 2001. He focused much of his giving on Addison County and Brandon.
The Walter Cerf Community Fund committee aspires to continue that focus: roughly two-thirds of the grants are reserved for Addison County/Brandon projects/organizations, while roughly one-third is reserved for statewide projects that also directly benefit Addison County/Brandon projects/organizations. Reflecting the pattern of giving established by Cerf during his lifetime, priority interests of the fund include the arts, education, historic preservation, and social services.
In 2019, the fund's advisors will award multiple grants up to $5,000 and one grant of up to $25,000.
Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 7, 2019.
See the Walter Cerf Community Fund page on the Vermont Community Foundation website for additional information and a link to the online application portal.