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Vermont Public launches Made Here Fund to 'pass the mic' to Vermont storytellers

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Vermont Public's Made Here Fund will provide special funding to Vermont storytellers to produce projects in a wide range of formats.

Vermont Public has launched the Made Here Fund, an initiative to broaden and diversify Vermont storytelling and support content creators.

Storytellers from across the state are invited to apply for special funding for a wide range of projects and formats, including documentary storytelling, nonfiction audio projects, digital video content, podcasts, and multimedia web-based projects.

Initial funding has been provided by current and former members of Vermont Public’s board of directors. Applications are open to all Vermonters, and submissions from creators of color, rural and youth residents will be prioritized to advance equity in public media.

“This is a foundational way to pass the mic and support local storytelling,” said Eric Ford, director of content partnership. “We’ve listened to the needs of local makers, and funding is at the top of the list.”

The application period is open through November 4, 2022 at vermontpublic.org/madeherefund. Projects will be reviewed by a panel of Vermont Public employees and community members. Projects selected for funding will be announced in early 2023. Vermont Public will work with the content creators selected to promote and distribute their projects once completed.

“Local media and content creation in Vermont has reflected an incomplete picture of the state and its residents,” said Marguerite Dibble, chair of Vermont Public’s Board of Directors. “Public media is uniquely positioned to foster a new generation of storytellers to express themselves through our trusted platforms of radio, television and online.”

More information, the application and details on how to support the fund are at www.vermontpublic.org/madeherefund. Vermont Public will host an informational webinar about the Made Here Fund on Wednesday, August 10 at 3 p.m.