About the Community Fund
The Tinmouth Community Fund (TCF) was organized in December, 1999 under the umbrella of the Vermont Community Foundation. The initial funds were provided from the remainder of the contributions received for the Tinmouth Community Center. The Community Center received such strong community support, volunteer labor and a creative, collaborative, local construction model, that $80,000 was left in the bank when the building was complete. This was the seed money for the TCF.
The purpose of the Tinmouth Community Fund is to provide funding of needed service and facilities for the well-being of the citizens of and for the sense of community in the Town of Tinmouth. All contributions to the Fund are tax deductible. Send contributions to the Tinmouth Community Fund and not to the Vermont Community Foundation.
It has been the intent of the fund to utilize the interest generated from the principal to fund grants on an annual basis. We, however, reserve the right to invade the principal if appropriate projects exceed our annual granting. Most grants issued in the past have not exceeded $500. It has not been the practice to fund grants where money can be acquired elsewhere.
Types of Grants
- Community Fund Grants – $500 per application, due in January and awarded annually on Town Meeting Day
- Higher Education Scholarships-These have been awarded annually since 2012. They have ranged from $500-$1500 per student. Students can apply all years of their college or graduate career. This scholarship is not limited to college, it can be used for any learning beyond high school. Applications are due May 15 and are awarded at Mill River Awards Night and at a special event in Tinmouth in June. The Annual Tinmouth Plant Sale (pictured above) donates all its proceeds to the Scholarship Fund annually.
- K-12 Scholarship, new in 2014.This fund is for to help pay for the cost of summer camp for Tinmouth kids. The grant will pay for up to half of the cost of the camp. You can apply starting in January of each year and grants are awarded until the money has been committed.
Funding – Donations always welcome!
Donations help us continue our good work and grow our funds. We send an annual appeal letter for the Scholarship Fund in June, just as we are awarding our scholarships (and reducing our balance), and then an appeal for the Community Fund in December. We welcome donations of money, of appreciated stock or mutual funds, and bequests at any time and in any amount. You can download the form and send in a donation at your convenience. We mail solicitation letters through the Tales of Tinmouth twice annually. Thanks to everyone who has donated since 2000.
Tinmouth Community Fund Board of Directors
|Ray Pratt, Vice Chair||2020|
|Jan Krantz, Chair||2018|
|Helen Mango, Secretary||2019|
|Cathy Reynolds, Treasurer, College Scholarship Chair||2019|
|Melody Squier, K-12 Summer Scholarship Chair||2019|