Human Services Funding

Essex Human Services Fund

Every year, the Town of Essex, Vermont invites program funding requests from nonprofits who support the delivery of vital community services.  Using a range of resources, the Essex Selectboard determines specific focus areas as human service priorities for residents of the Essex community. 

Applications for FY21 Funds are no longer being accepted.  Sign up to receive notifications for the upcoming FY22 application process.

Recent News

May 3, 2021: The Town Selectboard awarded $153,322 for FY21 Essex Human Services Funding to local nonprofit organizations. The Selectboard also approved the focus areas for the next funding cycle, which remain unchanged. The Town received 33 applications totaling $241,865 in requests, which is $84,165 more than last year--a 53% increase. A long-time goal for the Town of Essex to promote awareness of the funds available for nonprofits has likely contributed to the 10% increase in applications and has successfully brought a diverse pool of applicants and programs to apply. Two-thirds of the applications were partially funded from what is becoming an increasingly competitive grant process. This resulted in prioritized funding to organizations providing the most benefit to Essex residents. Scoring and guidelines for the next cycle will include some changes to support the application, review and scoring process.  Awards are expected to go out before June 30th.

March 2, 2021: The FY22 Budget in the amount of $159,261 for Essex Human Services Funding was approved by voters. Awards for FY22 funds will be made in May 2022.

November 16, 2020:  The Selectboard approved the FY21 Focus Areas. Online applications are now being accepted through February 15, 2021.

May 12, 2020:  FY20 Essex Human Services Funding allocations were awarded.  The Town of Essex provided $148,306 in funds to local nonprofits.

March 3, 2020:  The FY21 Budget in the amount of $153,322 for Essex Human Services Funding was approved by voters.  Awards for FY21 funds will be made in May 2021.

February 16, 2020: Applications for FY20 Essex Human Services funding are no longer being accepted.  The review team has started the scoring process.  Announcements will be made by June 2020.


Local area social, health and human services organizations who serve Essex residents are encouraged to apply to the Town of Essex for funding. Only those that are non-profit organizations who are considered a 501 (c)3 or that file an annual Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Form 990 tax return are eligible.  All funding proposals must align with the Essex Human Services Focus Areas.

2022 Essex Human Services Focus Areas:

Approved 05/03/2021
  • Access to Health & Behavioral Health
  • Affordable Housing or Housing Assistance
  • Child or Family Support for Healthy Relationships
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion - NEW*
  • Emergency Food & Disaster Relief