Vermont Humanities

Rapid Response Grants

Helping humanities happen throughout Vermont.
Group on tour in snowy Burlington

Our Rapid Response Grants are quick turn-around small grants for humanities-focused community projects. We award Rapid Response Grants of up to $1,000.

Fundable projects include:

  • Small projects that will be completed within three months after the award is made
  • New “pop-up” opportunities that offer humanities experiences and require a quick response.

How to Apply

To apply for a Rapid Response Grant, complete our online application form.

Applications are reviewed monthly. If you submit your application by the first of the month, you will be notified of the award decision by the 15th of the same month.

We welcome you to view the questions on the application ahead of time, and to contact us if you have any questions. Do this through our grant inquiry form, by emailing or by calling (802) 262-1355.

Apply for a rapid response grant

Please note that we require your organization to complete this project and submit a grant report within Six months.

About Submittable

Vermont Humanities now uses the online Submittable platform to manage grant applications for a number of our programs, including Project Grants and Vermont Reads. Please note that you will be prompted to create a Submittable account in order to apply for a Vermont Humanities grant.

Learn more about using Submittable.

You can browse our Submittable homepage to view our available grant opportunities.

A Rapid Response Grant helped fund “A Night of Poetry & Black Music” with poet Vievee Francis and musician Steven Johnson, hosted by Junction Arts & Media in White River Junction in May 2023.


Image courtesy of Alberto Paniaguams

Poet Vivee Francis at a lectern, wearing a white top in front of a black backdrop

About the review process

While reviewing grant proposals, a small committee consisting of Vermont Humanities staff and community reviewers will consider:

  • Are the humanities central to the project?
  • Does the project align with our Mission, Vision, and Values?
  • Who is the intended audience and how will the project benefit them?
  • Has the organization created a plan to include diversity, equity, and inclusion principles?
  • Is the project ADA accessible?
  • How will the project evaluate its success?
  • Does the organization have the capacity to implement the proposed project successfully?

If awarded, we ask grantees to commit to:

  • Returning the signed Grant Agreement.
  • Providing us with event information for any activities open to the public.
  • Submitting a Final Report within 90 days after the project ends.
Vermont Humanities*** December 18, 2020