A component fund of the Upper Valley Region of New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

Vital Communities

Vital Communities is a regional nonprofit organization based in White River Junction, VT, that works to engage citizens, organizations, and communities in creating solutions to our region's challenges.


  • Valley Food and Farm fosters the relationships that make agriculture a vital part of daily community life.
  • Valley Quest is an award-winning, place-based education program that uses treasure hunts to celebrate community, natural history, cultural sites, stories and special places.
  • Local First Alliance is pursuing a thriving local business economy, vibrant community organizations, and environmental stewardship.
  • Leadership Upper Valley inspires, educates and engages leaders to better serve Upper Valley communities.
  • Upper Valley Transportation Management Association reduces reliance on driving alone.
  • Corporate Council convenes Upper Valley corporate leaders to work for a conducive, long-lasting economic climate.
  • Municipal Network promotes inter-municipal cooperation and collaboration among elected and appointed officials.
  • Vital Communities Energy Initiative works with Upper Valley businesses, institutions, municipalities, and citizens to leverage existing work and seed new efforts to both reduce energy use and support local and alternative energy sources.

Core Values

  • Vital Communities' agenda and programs emerge from, and are driven by, regional needs and community interests.
  • Vital Communities takes on issues where regional coordination and leadership can achieve results.
  • As a neutral convener, Vital Communities brings diverse people and organizations together to devise and implement collaborative solutions.

Service Area

Vital Communities serves sixty-nine towns in the Upper Connecticut River Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire. The perimeter of our service area includes Ryegate, VT and Bath, NH in the north; New London, NH in the east; Walpole, NH and Westminster, VT in the south; and Bethel, VT in the west.

Grants Awarded: 

2014 - : $2,500 to Upper Valley Farm to School (UVFTS) program.

This program re-connects kids with local food and farms, giving them the knowledge and skills they need to lead healthy lives. Initiatives in the classroom, cafeteria, and community help to instill healthy eating habits, support local farms and foster life-long learning. This grant supports programs in Lebanon schools.  One example of a recent project in Lebanon is the Ledyard Street School, where UVFTS made a grant to buy materials to build a greenhouse so the school could plant vegetables inside in the winter.

2012 - $3,000 to fund a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program for school families in Canaan, NH. Parents buy a CSA and a portion of the money goes to the school, in lieu of selling candy or popcorn to raise school funds.

2008 - Support to develop a series of brochures to highlight quests held at lead partner sites.

2009 - Grant provides support for the first-ever “Superquest” event, which will help the Valley Quest program with fundraising and awareness.

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2016 Children's Fund Grantees