Community Fund

The Cavendish Community Fund is administered by the Cavendish Community and Conservation Association, an exempt organization that is committed to promoting understanding and learning that engages and benefits all members of the Cavendish, Vermont community. The bonds of community are the source of dynamic and reciprocal social interaction.  These interactions build social capital, the dense network of relationships that generates trust, which, in turn, provides the basis for collective problem-solving in everyday life.  Community activities provide the opportunity to make new connections with others and, with each new opportunity for connection, to deepen the understanding of how to initiate and maintain new relationships with other local citizens who may be strangers.  Activities and events that the Fund sponsors provide the venue for these opportunities to narrow the sometimes formidable divide between groups with different interests and backgrounds.  Furthermore, growth within our community becomes the impetus to broaden the circle of opportunity for involvement and active participation in our larger social world.

The Fund supports this commitment through the administration of modest monetary grants for programs that provide significant opportunities for new connections between residents.

The Directors of the Cavendish Community and Conservation Association are all Cavendish, Vermont citizens and residents.  The Fund application review committee members, who select qualified grantees, are also Cavendish citizens and residents and are not affiliated with the CCCA or its Board.

By granting modest sums, the Cavendish Community Fund seeks to assist local organizations in building stronger community relationships and quality of life in Cavendish.  The projects, programs or events that the Fund will normally consider are education in its broadest sense, cultural events and the promotion of the arts.  The Cavendish Community Fund will consider applications that are wide ranging but will not normally consider funding an organization’s ongoing operations.

Grant money comes from donations and from fund raising events sponsored by the Fund and by the CCCA.

The Fund is not endowed and operates from annual revenues received as donations.

The Cavendish Community Fund is affiliated with the Cavendish Community and Conservation Association, a Section 501(c)(3) federally tax-exempt non-profit membership organization chartered under the laws of the State of Vermont.  All donations to the Fund are tax deductible.  To donate, please send checks made out to:

Cavendish Community Fund
P. O. Box 605
Cavendish, VT 05142


For further information, please write to the above address or call:

  • Peter J. LaBelle: (802) 226-7250
  • Robin Timko: (802) 226-7736
  • Barbara Dickey: (802) 226-7187


Cavendish Community Fund Updates Its Image



The Cavendish Community Fund has passed the ten-year mark and is now updating its image with a new logo. In 2007 the Fund began with donations from several supportive citizens to help build a closer and more cohesive Cavendish. Over ten years the Fund has distributed more than $31,000 in grants to enhance the quality of life in Cavendish. The projects, programs or events that the Fund considers are education in its broadest sense, cultural events, and promotion of the arts.


To celebrate its success and to better reflect its philosophy and goals the Fund has adopted the new logo as a representative of its beliefs. The Fund believes that the bonds of community are the source of dynamic and reciprocal social interaction. These interactions build a dense network of relationships that generates trust, which, in turn, provides the basis for collective problem solving in everyday life.


Community activities provide the opportunity to make new connections with others and, with each new opportunity for connection, to deepen the understanding of how to initiate and maintain new relationships with other local citizens who may be strangers. Activities and events that the Fund sponsors provide the venue for these opportunities to narrow the divide between groups with different interests and backgrounds.


For information about the Fund, including details on how to seek a grant, please contact Barbara Dickey at 802-226-7187 or Peter LaBelle at 802-226-7250.