VT PoC BIPOC Relief Fund

The Purpose of Our Relief Fund

The Vermont Professionals of Color Network (VT PoC) is dedicated to supporting the success of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), also known as the Global Majority, through networking, education, and advocacy. 

This inaugural relief fund was established to support BIPOC small businesses and community members following the 2023 VT Floods (July, August, September, and December) and will remain active as a integral part of our network.

photo credit: Weiwei Wang, Executive Co-Director of VT PoC

The Ask

VT PoC is tapping the broader community to donate to the BIPOC Relief Fund. All proceeds will be directed to BIPOC community members and businesses in need. Your support can make a meaningful difference during these challenging times.

How Can you support?

Monetary Contribution: Online Portal

If you can offer monetary contribution via online portal, use the following website:

https://givebutter.com/Mj3Dwy

Monetary Contribution: Check

If you can offer monetary contribution via check, use the following address:

Vermont Professionals of Color Network P.O. Box 4277, Burlington, VT 05406

Mutual Aid to BIPOC Community Members

If you can offer mutual aid to the BIPOC community, please fill out the form and a staff member will be in touch.

How will the funds be used?

At this time, BIPOC small business owners and community members who have been impacted by the 2023 VT Floods (July, August, September, and December) will receive funds. Funds should be directed to damages as a result of storm and flooding losses that has not already been funded, or will be funded, through other grant or general funding sources.

Who should apply?

This fund is available to small business owners and community members who identify as Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), also known as People of the Global Majority. Additional funds can be found here!

We consider small business owners to be:

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Owners of a micro-business
  • Owners of brick and mortars
  • Individuals with both formal / legally and informally established businesses
  • Individuals with side hustles

We consider community members to be:

  • BIPOC individuals living in Vermont, specifically in impacted areas 

How to apply?

Applicants will need the following information to complete the BIPOC Relief Fund application:

  • Full Legal Name
  • Address, Phone Number, Email
  • Electronic W9
  • Business Name (if applicable)
  • Narrative: What are your greatest needs following 2023 VT Flood?
  • Narrative: How will funds be used?

*Please Note: funding received from VT PoC (such as community support, flood relief, listening sessions) totaling over $400.00 will be subject to federal taxes.

When will funds be distributed?

Applications are currently due by May 15th, and funds will be disbursed by the end of May.⠀ ⠀