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Community Health Fund Application

 The NVRH Community Health Fund insures consistent and continuous funding for community health programs and services and confirms the hospital's ongoing committment to community health improvement.

The NVRH Community Health Fund supports a community building approach that goes beyond the delivery of medical care, to improve the health and quality of life for people in the communities we serve.  Community buidling addresses the root cause of health problems such as poverty related issues, as well as identifying and providing services and programs that directly influence health and quality of life.

The applications period for 2018 is now open.  

Appilcations are due November 1, 2017.  Grant criteria and application documents can be printed using the documents on this page.  If you would like a WORD document for the application and/or an Excel file for the budget form please email Laural Ruggles at

For 2017, NVRH funded these organizations and programs.

Program: Neighbor Helping Neighbor Food Shelf
Organization: Neighbor Helping Neighbor
Amount: $2400
Description: This project will promote healthy living, increase volunteerism, and promote sustainable practices.  Funds will purchase food to stock a food shelf for RuralEdge property residents and provide education sessions of healthy cooking, packing a healthy lunch for children, and how to reduce obesity through healthy eating.  A key component of this project is volunteer participation from RuralEdge property residents in both food distribution and fundraising. 
Program:  PROSPER
Organization: Lyndon Town School
Amount: $2600
Description: UVM Extension and the Lyndon Town School are continuing an initiative to combat substance abuse among Northeast Kingdom youth.  PROSPER: PROmoting School-community-university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience. The goal of PROSPER is to reduce problem behaviors among middle school youth, enhance parenting skills, and strengthen families.  This goal is achieved through a team approach using an evidence-based curriculum that has been evaluated in a well-designed and methodologically-sound study, and shown to produce significant positive youth and family outcomes, including reductions in associated risk factors or problem behaviors.

Program:  Swim Club for Children
Organization: NEK Aquatics
Amount: $2000
Description:  NEK Aquatics seeks to provide recreational and competitive USA Swimming opportunities for NEK youth.  The group seeks to grow the life-long sport of swimming and all it offers youth, including health, fitness, mental health, and well-being.  

 Program:  Kingdom Trails South Project
Organization: Kingdom Trails
Amount: $3000.00
Description: The Kingdom South Project aims to develop mountain bike and pedestrian trails in St. Johnsbury and its environs, utilizing primarily private land(s) and connecting to the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail. These trails are built by local volunteers through a community collaborative of local schools, organizations, and Kingdom Trails Association. They will be open to the public. The funds will build boardwalks over wet areas, improve drainage, and to produce trail signs and kiosks for user education.

Program:  Family Consult Team
Organization: Northeast Kingdom Human Services
Amount: $3000.00
Description: NKHS will develop a Family Consult Team allowing participants such as peers and family members to use training in relationship building to support families who have a loved one experiencing a psychiatric crisis. They will design a curriculum to train team members on safety, strategies to reduce stress, and how to access other available community support services.
The Team will be comprised of family members, peers, and cadre workers.  

 Program:  Outdoor Classroom Space
Organization: Good Shepherd School
Amount: $2000.00
Description:  They will build a deck to extend classroom space to the outdoors.  The deck will be used for container gardening and other outdoor learning.   The outdoor learning environment will allow access to fresh air and sunshine; the gardens will add fresh produce to the students’ nutrition.

For more information contact Laural Ruggles at 748-7590.

Community Fund Application
Community Fund Budget Form
Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital
PO Box 905 1315 Hospital Drive
St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819
802 748-8141
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