The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has established a $100,000 Greater Together Community Fund for the Town of Vernon.

The purpose of the Greater Together Community Funds is to:

  • support the community in taking ownership around the needs in their towns
  • encourage broad and inclusive civic engagement and
  • anchor the Hartford Foundation in each town.

Your town has formed an advisory committee to manage a participatory process to identify your town's needs and allocate community funds.

Open Call for Letters of Interest 


The Vernon Greater Together Community Fund is pleased to announce the availability of funding from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving for projects directly benefiting the Vernon community. The Vernon Advisory Committee is focused on funding programs that will improve or enhance the quality of life of Vernon. We invite all 501(c)3’s - big or small to submit a letter of interest and share their ideas for serving our community.


The purpose of the Vernon Greater Together Community Fund is to:
1) Support the Vernon community in taking ownership around the needs in Vernon;
2) Encourage broad and inclusive civic engagement; and
3) Grow the Vernon Greater Together Community Fund (VGTCF), seated within the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.


The size of the grant awards will be based on the scope and focus of proposals. The minimum award for any proposal is $250 and the maximum grant shall not exceed $10,000. However, additional funding for proposals can be sought from other sources.


Please click on the link below to complete the Letter of Interest. DEADLINE: August 20, 2021.

Complete the LEtter of Interest 


Any nonprofit registered as a 501(c)(3) organization that serves the community of Vernon is eligible to submit a letter of intent. Nonprofits do not need to be headquartered or based in Vernon, but must serve and benefit Vernon residents.

Letters of Interest will be reviewed on a competitive basis by the Vernon Community Fund Advisory Committee and will be evaluated according to the merit and relevance to the call.

Please note that all grant awards are made at the sole discretion of the Vernon Community Fund Advisory Committee.


Extended Opportunity to apply for funds. The following deadlines have been extended by two weeks to give more organizations an opportunity to apply.

6/23/2021 - Call for Letters of Interest Opens
8/20/2021 - Application period for Letters of Interest Closes
9/29/2021 - Organizations notified as to invitation to submit Grant Application
10/29/2021 - Grant Applications Due
TBD - Proposals Selected and Grants Awarded

For questions or to submit a letter of interest, please email the Vernon Advisory Committee at

Advisory Committee Members

The role of the Advisory Committee is to design and lead an inclusive process to identify the needs in your community, and design a grantmaking process aimed to ensure that the Community Funds can have the greatest impact for the benefit of town residents.

The Advisory Committee members for your town are:

Zozan Antar, Nicholas Bartos, Ann Bonney, Samantha Charette, McKena Clemons, Hannah Fontenot, Eric Hutchinson, Danielle Nardone, Shanta Negron, Sheila Reveron, Melissa Trantolo, Susan Ward, Dustin Yager

Click here to read the Advisory Committee Conflict of Interest Policy

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