Richard E. and Deborah L. Tarrant Foundation Grant

Richard E. and Deborah L. Tarrant Foundation

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Up to US $400,000

Fields of work: Addiction & Substance Abuse Homelessness Services Workforce Preparation & Job Readiness Financial Literacy After School /Summer Educational Programs Tutoring & Mentoring Academic Success & Enrichment Supportive Housing & Shelters Career/College Preparation Senior Services Community/Public Safety Community Development & Revitalization Social Justice / Human Rights Human & Social Services Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense

Location of project: Vermont

Location of residency: Vermont

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Since 2005, the Richard E. and Deborah L. Tarrant Foundation has been one of the most active private foundations in Vermont. We use our resources to ease hardship, help people overcome barriers to success, and drive innovative change.

We are a small, nimble organization. We spend aggressively, granting at nearly triple the rate of most other foundations nationwide. Our mandate is to spend our resources efficiently, and in partnership with the people and organizations that are doing the best work in their communities and fields.

A key element of the Foundation’s investment strategy is our commitment to using our dollars to address today’s challenges. Instead of setting funds aside as a permanent endowment, the Tarrant Foundation intends to fully expend its resources and sunset its grantmaking by the year 2040.

Tarrant Foundation Grant Program

The Tarrant Foundation awards between 50 – 70 competitive grants annually. Because we believe we can have the most impact by concentrating these funds in Vermont, applications are accepted only from Vermont organizations.

While we acknowledge the many pressing needs facing Vermont, and the many effective interventions targeting those needs, our grantmaking is primarily focused on the following populations and strategies:

Youth: Resilience and Aspiration

Our primary interest here is programs that support school-age youth to develop the dispositions, skills and resources they will need to move productively into adulthood. Our focus includes: achievement gap, job readiness, mentoring, out-of-school time, financial literacy, emergency & transitional housing, and community–based addiction recovery. 

Working-Age Adults: Employment and Financial Independence 

We support strategies that promote and facilitate the journey to economic independence, and that ultimately reduce reliance on public assistance. Our focus includes: job training/retention, financial literacy, homelessness prevention, and community-based addiction recovery.

Seniors: Comfort and Dignity in Aging

We believe in ensuring that seniors’ most basic needs are met, and in community-based supports that promote wellbeing and fight the premature limitation of independence. Our focus includes: independent living, nutrition, and activity & enrichment.

Communities: Local Resources and Investments

Some small grants are available to complement Vermont communities’ own investments in important local resources and services. Here we look for programs with evidence of strong local financial and/or volunteer support.

What We Look For

We partner with organizations that have a deep understanding of the community needs they seek to address, and a demonstrated track record of effective strategies and interventions.

As we evaluate proposals, we also look for:

  • Strong leadership
  • An entrepreneurial mindset
  • Efficiency
  • A focus on action and outcomes
  • A balanced blend of funding sources to create greater long term stability
  • Organizations that are committed to maximizing the impact of our investment

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • To qualify for a grant from the Tarrant Foundation, the applicant organization must be an IRS approved charitable entity that will assume responsibility for the management of and reporting on the grant.
    • IRS approved organization types include 501(c)(3) public charities, government entities, schools and religious organizations.
  • Applications are accepted only from Vermont organizations.
  • We accept proposals for unrestricted or general operating funds from organizations that are able to demonstrate their overall effectiveness and efficiency in one of our target areas.


  • While we recognize the great value of many of the programs and activities below, we do not accept applications on behalf of the following:
    • Multi-year grant awards 
    • Environmental, arts or medical health programs
    • Schools, classrooms, or school-based clubs/activities (click here for information on the Foundation’s strategic work in the field of education through the Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education at the University of Vermont)
    • Individuals or specific families (including scholarships)
    • Endowments, events, fundraising, or debt retirement
    • Organizations or programs that re-grant funds
    • Political advocacy or pro-choice or progressive political agendas


This page was last reviewed June 02, 2021 and last updated June 02, 2021