Our Projects

BIPOC Nonprofit Grant Systems Workshop Series

The Vermont Professionals of Color Network (VT PoC) is launching a new Grant Systems Series for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) led nonprofits in the state of Vermont!

In collaboration with Vermont Community Foundation (VCF), VT PoC will work with BIPOC nonprofit organizations to learn about the traditional grant/funding process. Participants in this series can expect:

  • A curated space for BIPOC leaders to learn about the traditional grant/funding process;
  • Opportunities to dismantle the traditional funding culture
  • Dedicated time to build community between the BIPOC participants

If you lead a BIPOC nonprofit organization, please click here to learn more about our workshop series.

 

 

Community Navigator Pilot Program

The Vermont Professionals of Color Network is pleased to announce our partnership with the Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC) in the Small Business Administration’s Community Navigator Pilot Program, part of a national initiative introduced by the Biden Administration.


The role of VT PoC in this project is to learn more about the current business environment for the BIPOC small business community via survey data collection and small group listening sessions. Our goal is to better understand the challenges and resource gaps that exist for our community, and to fill those gaps by helping communities navigate the various resources available throughout the state, and specifically from VtSBDC and our eight organizational partners within the Community Navigator Pilot Program:

 

The USSBA Community Navigator Pilot Program is designed to “reduce barriers that all small businesses — including those owned by disadvantaged groups such as veterans, women and those from rural communities — often face in accessing critical support.” Using a hub-and-spoke approach, VtSBDC will guide the nine spoke organizations (including VT PoC) to create impact through the central hub. Together, they will leverage partnerships with deeply trusted community-based organizations to help small businesses navigate government resources and tap into critical resources, according to the SBA’s plan.

Click here to learn more about the Community Navigator Pilot Program in Vermont.

Questions? Email us to learn more.

This project is funded in part through a grant with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

If you are a BIPOC small-business owner, please click here to learn more about our BIPOC Small Business Survey and Listening Sessions.

We welcome requests for direct partnership and collaboration, and any questions you might have!

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Attention Small Business Owners!

We often hear about the challenges that y'all face on a daily basis and we're interested in learning more! We've launched a BIPOC small business owner survey to understand what is working well for small businesses and what gaps exist. The data collected has the potential to impact local, regional and state-level activities and support for our community.

Tell us about your experience!

Thank you!