Montpelier Community Fund Board

Here you will find information about the 
Board, and the grant application process.

The Montpelier Community Fund (MCF) Board was created by the City Council in 2012 to review requests and recommend allocation of municipal funds to local non-profit organizations and individual artists.

Each year, the Board solicits applications for grants from the fund. The Board takes into consideration prior funding, breadth of support, and the extent to which the grant benefits Montpelier, its residents and the public good. The MCF Board is responsible to the City for determining that grant funds are used for the purposes for which they were approved. 

In addition to the City's annual allocation ($111,600 in FY15), organizations and citizens are encouraged to make direct contributions to the MCF in support of local non-profits and artists who contribute so greatly to the quality of life found in Montpelier. 

The goals of the MCF are:
To create a rational process by which funding requests are evaluated in the context of an overall budget, with funds allocated based on need and benefits to the community.
To allow for the subsequent review of grants to ensure that they were spent as intended.
To relieve voters of making funding decisions on an ad hoc basis with little information.
To maintain the city’s commitment to funding non-profit organizations.

Ballot Initiatives
Under the Montpelier City Charter, anyone has the right to place funding initiatives on the ballot. However, to ensure municipal budget control and the integrity of the MCF process, grant funds are available only to those organizations and individuals who choose not to petition for funding through a ballot initiative in the same year. 

MCF Funding List for FY15

Board Members
The MCF Board is made up of five Montpelier residents appointed by the City Council for three-year terms. They are:
                                                       Term Expires
Bernie Lambek                               August, 2017
Judith Stermer                                August, 2018                            
John Van Deren                             August, 2016
Ron Wild - Chair                             August, 2017
Christine Zachai                             August, 2018

Questions regarding the Montpelier Community Fund may be directed to the City Manager's office in care of Sandy Pitonyak, 803-223-9503,
Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
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