Working Communities Challenge

Launched in 2019, the Working Communities Challenge initiative supports diverse, local teams as they tackle complex challenges facing their communities. With a focus on economic opportunity for communities and residents with low incomes, this unique three-year grant competition is supported by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, the State of Vermont, national and local philanthropy, and private sector employers.

The White River Valley's Consortium is a new collaboration of 14 towns near the White River in Central-Eastern Vermont, created to address challenges that individual towns can’t fully tackle on their own. The WRVC’s first effort focuses on increasing housing for entry-level workforce and beginning entrepreneurs, which is essential for keeping our young people in our communities, encouraging innovation in our economies, providing a good quality of life, and attracting new residents.

Vital Communities is serving as the fiscal sponsor and hosting the WRVC Project Coordinator, Sarah Danly, who can be reached at

Learn more about the initiative here