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Grants are now available to support innovative youth programs in Bennington, North Bennington, Pownal, Shaftsbury and Woodford through the Opportunity Fund for Southshire Youth at the Vermont Community Foundation.

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BENNINGTON — Grants are now available to support innovative youth programs in Bennington, North Bennington, Pownal, Shaftsbury and Woodford through the Opportunity Fund for Southshire Youth at the Vermont Community Foundation.

The Opportunity Fund for Southshire Youth will award grants for creative and effective initiatives that empower and support Bennington-area teenagers, particularly those facing challenges and limited access to opportunities due to economic distress, disengagement from school, mental health issues, racism, gender identity, disability, legal status, or other reasons.

In 2022, the fund will prioritize projects that:

— Elevate youth leadership and empowerment, especially of historically marginalized youth;

— Provide opportunity and access for youth facing continued hardships related to the COVID-19 pandemic, poverty, and other challenges and traumas;

— Expand youth engagement in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) activities and increase youth exposure to STEAM careers; and/or

— Advance youth entrepreneurship.

Grant awards will range from $500 to $3,500. Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 8. Visit vermontcf.org/ofsy for more information or to apply.


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