Grants for Success

Banners for Student Groups from Grants for Success

Kids Against Tobacco Winooski Middle SchoolAs part of our 2012 Grants for Success Program, we received two applications from student-run school groups--KAT (Kids Against Tobacco, Winooski Middle School), and SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions, Burr & Burton Academy). We actively promoted this section of the application to support young peoples' community service projects.

We are thrilled to have had them each receive 100% free signage to help promote their causes. Both student groups are worthy in and of themselves, but when we read the applications and learned about the program and how the students participate in community service functions,SADD Banner Burr & Burton Academywe wanted to support it fully. Both groups received full color banners for their events, and will be able to use them again next year.

Congratulations to the participants of each organization--you're doing great work for your communities.

2012 Grants for Success Recipients

Announcing the 2012 Grants for Success recipients: Make-A-Wish, NFI Vermont, Cambridge Historical Society, Skills USA (Vt Chapter), Center on Aging at UVM, Northbranch Nature Center, Greater Northshire Access TV, The Mento2012 Grants for Success Recipientsr Connector, Greater Burlington YMCA, Vermont State I-Team, Champlain Adaptive Mounted Project, Howard Center's Zoe's Race, Catamount Trail Association, VT Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership Seminars Int'l., Deborah Rawson Memorial Library, Vermont Works for Women, Vermont Food Bank, Springfield Prevention Coalition, The Collaborative (Burr & Burton SADD), VT Kids Against Tobacco, Camp Takumta, Franklin County Humane Society.

Congratulations everyone! And a reminder to the organizations who were not selected--thank you for your applications and please apply for 2013. The application form will be available online by the end of August, 2012.

Step & Repeat Wall is One Giant Banner!

When the United Way of Chittenden County applied for a Grants for Success award, they requested three trade show displays. The displays would communicate their mission and message to a variety of audiences and bring a new level of professionalism to their organization.

But then they realized something. Portable trade show displays that are carried and used at events and conferences were all fine and good, but what they really needed was a single large display with their logo and tag line.

United Way Step & Repeat WallSo what they requested instead was a Step and Repeat Wall. Basically, it’s a large, flat display with stretched fabric. The fabric is printed with their logo and tag line. The display contracts to one third its open size when closed, and comes with a carrying case.

Red Carpet Step & Repeat walls are commonly used in Hollywood as backdrops for celebrity photographing, and also by nonprofit and charitable organizations as a backdrop for photographic sessions at their events. For the United Way, they wanted it as a wall behind a podium.

“The visual is perfect because it brands us in all photographs and any video or footage,” said Bobbe Maynes, Director of Communications and Development. “We do not have to worry about what the facility backdrop is.”

The United Way has used the display for at least one event since receiving it and admit that it’s already working well for them.

“The system is very, very easy to assemble and we think it looks polished and clean,” said Maynes.

2011 Grants for Success Award Recipients

Grants for Success


The 2011 Grants for Success Awards to area non-profit organizations have been selected to receive signs and graphic materials at discounted prices. Two of the organizations will receive signs that are discounted 100%: Stomping Ground from Essex Junction, and KidSafe Collaborative in Colchester.

The materials will help these charitable and public service groups to gain greater visibility, promote their activities, and better serve their constituencies.

The recipients are as follows:

Addison County Church of Christ, Bridge School in Middlebury, Burlington Dismas House, Children's Literacy Foundation, Good News Garage, Humane Society of Chittenden County, Hunger Free Vermont, Jay Community Land Trust, Keeping Track, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Linking Learning to Life, Milton Family Community Center, Northeast Disabled Athletic Association, Richford Elementary School PTO, St. Francis Xavier School, United Way of Chittenden County Volunteer Center, Vermont Creative Imagination, Inc., and Williston Little League.

Congratulations everyone!

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