VEC Community FundThe VEC Community Fund is a program adopted by the VEC Board of Directors that is intended to strengthen the community by supporting organizations that promote community development and economic security. The concept underscores a basic cooperative principle of neighbor helping neighbor.

Members can participate by:
  • Rounding up their electric bills to the next highest dollar
  • Making a one-time donation
  • Donating their returned Patronage Capital dollars.
Sign me up! Link here to round up your bill or donate Patronage Capital.

Funds will be allocated on a quarterly basis. Focus areas are:
  • Economic Security
  • Energy Education
  • Emergency/Disaster Relief
  • Community Development

Eligible recipients are nonprofit tax-exempt organizations and/or public schools. Individuals are not eligible, but funds may pass through eligible organizations to support individual needs.

VEC accepts applications on a rolling basis, and the VEC Allocation Committee reviews applications quarterly.  Allocation decisions are made within two weeks of the close of the quarter. Distributions are made within thirty days of the close of the quarter. 

Organizations interested in being considered for a grant should complete and submit an on-line application by the close of business on the following dates:  December 31, March 31, June 30, and September 30.

Below is a list of organizations that have received donations from the Community Fund:
  • Capstone Community Action
  • Johnson Historical Society
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Memphremagog Watershed Association
  • Birds of Vermont Museum
  • North Country Hospital
  • Northwoods Stewardship Center
  • Vermont Energy Education Program
  • 4-H Aluminum Avian Robotics Team #8526
  • Newport Elks Lodge #2155
  • Brighton Community Forum
  • Vermont Council on Rural Development
  • Lamoille County Sugar Makers Association
  • Lowell Barn Pitch