Vermont Community Foundation recently announced its Spark Connecting Community grant program (SCC) awarded $79,023 to 31 organizations for projects strengthening community connections. These grants were made possible by the partnership of Community Foundation fundholders who contributed through Giving Together, a program that shares grant proposals with fundholders and donors to provide an opportunity to co-fund projects throughout the state. “Spark Connecting Community is a competitive grant program that puts building and nurturing community front and center,” stated SCC’s Nate Clark. “The Community Foundation aims to support the work happening throughout the state that builds social capital—where a small amount can fuel connections that enable larger impact over time. The grants light the spark that keeps Vermonters healthy and happy.” The Spark Connecting Community program will open a second competitive grant round in June 2022. Ome of the recipients include the Holland Community Center.They received $2,500 to support Meet Ups, including programs like Yoga Time, Story Time, Paint N Taste, Garden Club, and Book Club, which aim for community members to get to know one another, learn new skills, help others, improve health, and have fun. And Northeast Kingdom Human Services received $1,000 to support Children and Families Wellness Day, a collaboration between the organization and area youth-oriented organizations to provide access to mental health and well-being supports. Counties to be served: Caledonia, Essex, and Orleans.