The Climate Catalyst Innovation Fund supports local innovative climate projects for which a small grant could have a meaningful impact at the community level. In this round, $82,912 in small grants of $500 to $4,000 were awarded to 25 local projects developing solutions that move Vermont closer to its climate and energy goals. Funded projects were chosen by a team of VCRD staff and the Climate Economy Initiative Advisory Committee including member representatives from VSECU, Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network, the Regional Planning Commissions, and Efficiency Vermont. In making award decisions, we look for projects that are innovative, replicable, collaborative, equitable, and have positive climate/energy impacts. Thanks to the generous support of Vermont Low Income Trust for Electricity (VLITE), Vermont State Employees Credit Union (VSECU), and Vermont Community Foundation Funds including the Sunflower Fund who together provided funding for this second round.

This report describes outcomes of second round projects in the words of the awardees. Read the Report.

We appreciate the dedication and efforts of each team and the collective impact of the work for Vermont’s future.