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SEEDS projects will enhance the capacity of Vermont communities to welcome and support people with developmental disabilities and their family members.  VTDDC encourages applications from individuals and organizations with creative, new ideas that support inclusion, self-determination, and productivity.

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SEEDS grants are intended to "jump start" a new approach or to spread a new way of thinking about a disability issue. Please note that there are additional requirements for demostration projects.

“It is like the SEED put in the soil -
the more one sows, the greater the HARVEST."

- Orison Swett Marpden


If there is a need for assistance in either identifying an appropriate nonprofit sponsor or in obtaining support to complete the application, VTDDC will refer potential applicants to appropriate partner organizations.



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SEEDS grants aid projects in Capacity Building. This unique opportunity supports innovative projects that increase community capacity to support Vermonters with developmental disabilities and family caregivers.

Capacity-building activities include:

  • Strategic planning
  • Outreach and coalition development
  • Training
  • Small scale demonstration projects (pilots)

SEEDS grants are nonrenewable awards that provide $10,000 to $15,000 in project support for up to one year.


VTDDC is now accepting the 4th Round of SEEDS applications.

Qualifying projects must 1) Support at least one goal or objective in VTDDC's Five-Year Plan, 2) Be managed by a nonprofit entity, and 3) Reflect the values of the federal DD Act - inclusion, productivity, independence, and self-determination. VTDDC also places priority on projects that will improve the lives of people with developmental disabilities living in underserved rural areas of Vermont where there is significant poverty.

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Interested in applying?

Fill out your application, and read the Request for Proposal and attachments:


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What are the Deadlines?

Please read the Announcement about the Deadline Changes.

  • November 16, 2018 : Questions and Requests for Assistance
  • November 21, 2018 : VTDDC’s response to questions, posted
  • December 1, 2018 : Applications due
  • December 7, 2018 : Selection notification


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Tell your friends...

Do you know someone who could do incredible things with a SEEDS grant from VTDDC?

Download and share the brochure.



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