Fanny Holt Ames and Edna Louise Holt Fund

The Fanny Holt Ames and Edna Louise Holt Fund (the Holt Fund) was created at Edna Louise Holt’s instructions, and established in 2000, with Bank of America as the Trustee. Miss Holt and her sister were longtime residents of Grafton, Vermont; they held a deep and abiding concern for the health and well-being of the residents in the communities where they lived. The Fund’s objective is to meet the health and medical needs of Grafton, Vermont and surrounding towns with primary consideration given to Grace Cottage Hospital. The Trustee has contracted with Health Resources in Action to support the charitable purpose of the Holt Fund.

To date, the Holt Fund has invested more than $18.7 million in programs to improve community health outcomes in Grafton, Vermont and surrounding towns.

As guiding principles, the Holt Fund:

  • Awards grants on a competitive basis to nonprofit 501(c)3 public charities as defined by the Internal Revenue Service Code
  • Makes grant decisions based upon the needs of the communities, recognizing that needs evolve over time
  • Focuses its resources on programs and organizations that will have a positive and lasting impact on the largest number of people

Please note, our current grant cycle has closed. 

Grant Categories


  • Small Grants – Applicants may apply for single-year grants of up to $15,000 for discrete projects or programmatic expenses. Applicants must complete the parts of the online application required for small grants.
  • Large Grants – Applicants may apply for single- or multi-year requests (up to three years) of over $15,000 for program or project support, operating expenses (for organizations with annual budgets less than $1 million), or capital support.

Housing Initiative: 

  • Established in in 2019 in response to community input and demonstrated need to invest in initiatives or projects related to housing as a social determinant of health.
  • Applicants may apply for a single- or multi-year request (up to three years), up to $100,000 per year

Learn more about these opportunities through this informational webinar recording

The slides from this webinar are available to download in the sidebar.

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