Between 2000 and 2003, the Freeman Foundation awarded the Vermont Public Library Foundation (VPLF) $12,000,000 to be used for grants to local public libraries for various projects based on the needs of the local libraries and in support of the Department of Libraries' efforts to improve library effectiveness and community outreach throughout the state. Grants funded under this program offered an opportunity for public libraries statewide to increase use and visibility, and to strengthen their future ability to obtain funds from various local sources. The Freeman Foundation allowed the VPLF to use the funding which remained at the end of the grant program as an endowment for the VPLF.
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