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SEEDS projects will enhance the capacity of Vermont communities to welcome and support people with developmental disabilities and their family members. VTDDC encourages applications from individuals and organizations with creative, new ideas that support inclusion, self-determination, and productivity.


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“It is like the seed put in the soil - the more one sows, the greater the harvest."

Sow the Seeds of System Change

SEEDS grants aid projects in Capacity Building

VTDDC is pleased to announce that it will review a second round of applications for SEEDS grants. This unique opportunity supports innovative projects that increase community capacity to support Vermonters with developmental disabilities and family caregivers. SEEDS grants are nonrenewable awards that provide $10,000 to $15,000 in project support for up to one year. Seeds projects must:

  • Support at least one goal or objective in VTDDC's Five-Year Plan
  • Be managed by a nonprofit entity
  • Reflect the values of the federal DD Act - inclusion, productivity, independence, and self-determination.

VTDDC also places priority on projects that will improve the lives of people with developmental disabilities living in underserved rural areas of Vermont where there is significant poverty.

- Orison Swett Marpden


Fill out your application, and read the
Request for Proposal and attachments.

Have a question?
It may have already been answered.

SEEDS grants are intended to "jump start" a new approach or to spread a new way of thinking about a disability issue.

Capacity-building activities include:

  • Strategic planning
  • Outreach and coalition development
  • Training
  • Small scale demonstration projects (pilots)

Do you know someone who could do incredible things with a SEEDS grant from VTDDC?

Download and share
the brochure

If there is a need for
assistance in either identifying an appropriate nonprofit sponsor or in obtaining support to complete the application, VTDDC will refer potential applicants to appropriate
partner organizations.

Please note that for demostration projects, there are additional requirements.

Deadlines for the current round of applications:

Questions & requests for assistance: 

Submit application:

NEW application deadline: 

Decisions announced: 

Grant Period:  

January 30th, 2017

February 24, 2017

February 28, 2017

March 23, 2017

Begins April 1, 2017