Vermont Humanities

Fall Festival 2024: 50 Years into the Future

Three images: man building a small stone wall on a table, a drag king dressed in rainbox leotard, and a woman in black glasses and a dark blazer gesturing at a podium
Fall Festival

For our 50th anniversary year, we want to add opportunities for more people to get involved with our festival programming. Reflecting on these past few decades gives us a unique perspective to question the landscape of Vermont in the next fifty years to come. While there are many challenges facing our communities, there are many things to celebrate as we move into this critical time period to create more welcoming and resilient communities.

This is why we are opening a special funding source for community programs to organize an event as a part of the 2024 Fall Festival this October. These community program grants will provide up to $2,500 in support for groups organizing a program reflecting on and imagining the next fifty years of the humanities in Vermont. Possible program ideas include but are not limited to:

  • Community conversations about housing shortages and possible solutions
  • Presentations on the future of dairy farming and other agriculture trends
  • Local poetry slam on adapting to the challenges of climate change

Apply for a Fall Festival 2024 Grant

Funding is limited for this program and applications are due by June 1st. Eligible organizations include 501(c)(3) public charities, government entities, state and federally recognize Indigenous tribes and groups, schools, and/or institutions of higher education to apply for a Vermont Humanities grant. Other groups may apply through a non-profit organization that agrees to act as a fiscal agent and accept responsibility for meeting the terms of the program award.

Online Application Form


For questions about this process or about the Fall Festival 2024 in general, please contact Community Programs Officer Jacob Pelletier at

About Submittable

Vermont Humanities now uses the online Submittable platform to manage grant applications for a number of our programs, including Rapid Response GrantsProject 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.

Alison Bechdel photo by Chris Dissinger

Vermont Humanities*** April 8, 2024