The Foundry Workshop recently received a $3,000 grant from the Vermont Community Foundation’s Northeast Kingdom Fund. The grant will help further the Foundry’s dual missions of supporting creative entrepreneurs and familiarizing young people with technical skills in a shop setting.
As Jim Schenck, President of the Foundry Workshop said, “This grant combined with others will help us to open our public space with tools, equipment, and the support of other creative people. This workshop will work with schools and young people to introduce and develop their interests in technology and the arts. By opening a space that provides woodworking, metalworking, sheet-metal, computers, robotics and art, we will be able to nurture a culture of creativity.”
The Northeast Kingdom Fund is a permanent philanthropic resource dedicated to supporting the people and communities of Caledonia, Essex, and Orleans Counties. Its grants are decided by a committee of local residents, providing philanthropy for the Kingdom, by the Kingdom.
By opening a workshop open to the public, individuals will be nurtured and encouraged to develop their business enterprises in the Northeast Kingdom. At this shop we will work with schools to attract youth to the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, using a hands-on approach. The Foundry will build a community where the arts and the sciences can work together and freely share ideas.
The Vermont Community Foundation is a family of hundreds of funds and foundations, established by Vermonters to serve their charitable goals. It provides the advice, investment vehicles, and back-office expertise to make giving easy and effective. The Foundation also provides leadership in giving by responding to community needs, mobilizing and connecting philanthropists to multiply their impact, and by keeping Vermont’s nonprofit sector vital with grants and other investments in the community.
Visit www.vermontcf.org or call 802-388-3355 for more information about the Vermont Community Fund.