Community Mini Grants Available NOW!

 Community Mini Grants Available NOW!
Through a grant from the Orton Family Foundation, the Heart and Soul of Essex is excited to be able to offer mini-grants to organizations and residents in Essex (Town and Essex Junction) the opportunity to apply for up to $1,500 to providing funds for programming, activities, and services that exemplify our community’s six values as identified through the Community Heart and Soul process completed from 2011-2013. This opportunity is designed to help Essex bring our values to action by supporting projects and ideas that address one or more of our Heart and Soul values: safety, community connections, education, thoughtful growth, health and recreation, and local economy
Click HERE for an application. Please spread the word to anyone in your network! For more information contact Gabrielle Smith


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4 thoughts on “Community Mini Grants Available NOW!

  1. Judy Tiplady

    Hi, Thank you for being a part of our inservice and getting the word out about your project. I just wanted to touch base with you about an activity that the second grade team, our school librarian and I have come up with for this years K-12 showcase. We will be taking the book Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet and create our own version of the Macy Day Parade using the community theme with each student creating a paper mache balloon representing our student diversity. We plan to have them on display at the K-12 showcase as well as our second grade sharing evening. Judy Tiplady, art educator, Hiawatha School.

  2. Liz Subin

    Thanks for sharing, Judy. Sounds great! We would love to come photograph and/or video your process and be part of the conversation around community. Just let us know!

  3. sue kurek

    Your organization sounds great! Have you explored starting a community garden? Making the Essex community healthier with extending bike and walking paths to lace our communities together, would also be wonderful. These endeavors would allow for increased positive interaction between our residents of all ages.

    It would be great if our community would be known a a green community versus two communities that seem to not get along. Moving here from out of state I am still amazed at the fracture between the 2 communities. Together, Essex and Essex Center could really do some wonderful things.

    Thank you for all of the positive energy your organization has given to our community!

    P.S. A charging station, for electric cars, placed over by the railroad depot would be a great perk for the community!

    1. Susan McCormack Post author

      Hi Sue – thanks for your note. Great ideas! Your thoughts are well aligned with what we heard during the Neighborhood Conversations. Shortly, we will be announcing the results of those conversations and provide an opportunity for community members to weigh in on the shared values we uncovered, and offer action ideas through a brief survey. We’ll be sharing everyone’s ideas with our project partners and community leaders and will be providing an opportunity for the whole community to review these and set priorities for the future. Please check back soon for details.


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