VerMoney Mini-Grants for Spring 2021

Vermont Afterschool, Inc., in collaboration with the Vermont State Treasurer’s Office, is pleased to again be offering the VerMoney Financial Literacy program for Spring 2021. These mini-grants provide afterschool and out-of-school time programs with a curriculum, training, and financial support to teach young Vermonters to become more financially literate.

Background

Financial decisions impact how we all live, work, and play, yet only 22% of Vermonters have participated in financial education in school, college, or work. Let’s change that! One of the best things we can do for young people is to give them the skills and knowledge they will need in life, including financial literacy. Teaching students financial concepts early can positively influence how they manage their finances throughout their lives. This curriculum helps young people reflect on the differences between wants and needs, and engages them in making choices about money.

Eligibility

Afterschool and out-of-school time programs that are new to VerMoney and serve youth in grades 2-5 are eligible for this mini-grant. We are able to offer $400 grants to 12 programs to offset the costs of programming including staff training and program materials. All participating programs (including grant recipients) also have the opportunity to win an additional $200 for your program.  

Please note: program sites that participated last year cannot get the grant again this year. However, if you’d like to participate for a second year you can send staff to the January training, receive three new books, and also be entered into the drawing for $200 at the final celebration in April. Please check the box on the application that you are a returning program.

A celebration will be held in the spring of 2021. Three participating programs will each be awarded a $100 cash prize for their engagement with financial literacy programming. An additional $100 will be awarded to these programs for their participating students to put their new skills to use by making decisions about how to spend the money.

Information Sessions

Interested? Want to learn more? There will be two short information sessions covering VerMoney and the Financial Literacy Pacesetter Program:

  • Tuesday 11/24 at 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday 12/2 at 1:00 p.m.

To sign up for the info-session, please fill out the form at bit.ly/vermoneyinfo.

What You Get

  • Financial Literacy Curriculum for grades 2-5 that can easily be adapted to remote learning
  • Three books from the VT State Treasurer’s “Reading as an Investment” program
  • Program materials kit (including three additional books that are tied to the curriculum).
  • Training and coaching to support you in offering the curriculum
  • Training stipend of $400 for staff *only at new sites for 2021*
  • Eligible for an additional $200 prize

Requirements

  • Run an 8 to 10-week financial literacy program at one (or more) afterschool site(s) for students in grades 2-5
  • Participate in a two-hour virtual training in January
  • Give permission to be featured on the Vermont Afterschool & Vermont State Treasurer’s Office website, newsletters, press releases and social media
  • Collect photos of youth engaged in the program and share with Vermont Afterschool & the Vermont State Treasurer’s Office, ensuring that youth in any photos have a completed relevant photo release form
  • Participate in program evaluation and outcomes reporting

Deadline

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, December 9th, 2020. Applications must be completed via the online form by the deadline. Contact Sam Graulty (sam@nullvermontafterschool.org) with any questions. 

With gratitude to the Vermont Bankers Association, Windham Foundation, and Vermont State Treasurer’s Office for their support of this project.