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Harris and Frances Block Foundation Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofits in Multiple States for
Community Development and Environmental Activism

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Harris and Frances Block Foundation

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Grants of up to $15,000 to USA nonprofits in multiple states for programs enhancing communities and the environment. An LOI is required before submitting a full proposal. Priority will be given to programs in Vermont and the Northeast, Colorado, North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia but the foundation makes some grants outside of those geographical areas as well.

Funding will be awarded to programs in the areas of sustainable agriculture and food systems, environmental and climate change activism, social and economic justice, and community development.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175694

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants range from a few hundred dollars to $15,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants will only be awarded to nonprofit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations or groups that work through a tax-exempt organization.

Funds will not be provided for legislative lobbying or to influence public elections.

The Foundation will not consider requests for endowments, capital construction, deficit financing, scholarships, fellowships, loans or grants to individuals.

Pre-Application Information:

The first step in applying to the Foundation is a short letter of inquiry. The foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals.

All letters are reviewed to determine if they fall within the Foundation’s priority areas. Those that do not are immediately declined. Projects that fit within the Foundation’s priority areas will then be asked to prepare a full proposal for consideration by the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

The Board makes funding decisions two times a year in the spring and the fall. Proposal deadlines are June 1 and December 1.

Final decisions on proposals are made by the foundation’s board of directors, which meets twice a year. You will be informed of the board’s decision immediately following the board meeting at which your proposal is considered. It may take up to six weeks to receive notification.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

LOI Form:

Proposals can be submitted electronically at or mailed to:

Harris and Frances Block Foundation
491 Ennis Hill Road
Marshfield, VT 05658

Phone: (802) 426-2026

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Colorado;   Connecticut;   Maine;   Massachusetts;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   Vermont;   Virginia;   West Virginia