In 1982, The Walter Hayes, Sr., Beulah Buffum Hayes & Walter H. Hayes, Jr. Foundation (now known simply as "The Hayes Foundation") was organized to provide educational and financial support for bright and motivated children living in Rutland County, Vermont. Walter H. Hayes, Beulah Buffum Hayes, and their son Walter Hayes Jr. were residents of the Rutland area for many years. Mrs. Hayes taught children in several communities and Walter Jr. attended public schools through his graduation from Rutland High School in 1940.
The Hayes Foundation is a private, 501(c)3 nonprofit foundation originally created for the purpose of carrying out the intentions expressed in the will of Walter Hayes Jr., specifically, to assist in the education of the youth of Rutland County, Vermont, with a special emphasis on assistance to intellectually gifted children. Highly able and intellectually motivated children are encouraged to seek rich and challenging learning experiences.
In addition to its grants to individuals, The Hayes Foundation provides grants to Rutland County academic teams pursuing competitive goals (such as Odyssey of the Mind or FIRST competitions, among others), and from time to time provides organizational grants to support Rutland County nonprofit organizations that offer academic and arts enrichment.
To help area families find out about programs and information that may be available for them and their children, we have compiled a comprehensive (but by no means definitive) list of resources for academic and arts enrichment in addition to general gifted resources for parents and educators.
The Hayes Foundation looks forward to hearing from the young people of Rutland County. The Board meets regularly to discuss applications for support. In the years since our founding in 1982, the Hayes Foundation has provided hundreds of Rutland County children with challenging and enriching educational experiences and financial support for their learning endeavors.
The Hayes Foundation reviews applications four times a year with the following deadlines: January 1 • April 1 • June 1 • October 1 Our board will meet and respond to applications within three weeks of these deadlines. Please plan accordingly, well in advance of your program or competition.
towns of residence/school enrollment
Hayes Foundation grants, including team grants, are available ONLY to youth 18 and under who are residents of Rutland County, Vermont, out-of-county students enrolled full-time in Rutland County schools, and Rutland County nonprofit organizations that operate for the benefit of county youth. Rutland County comprises the following cities and towns: Benson • Brandon • Castleton • Chittenden • Clarendon • Danby • Fair Haven • Hubbardton • Ira • Killington • Mendon • Middletown Springs • Mount Holly • Mount Tabor • Pawlet • Pittsfield • Pittsford • Poultney • Proctor • Rutland • Shrewsbury • Tinmouth • Wallingford • Wells • West Haven • West Rutland
@2021 The Hayes Foundation | P.O. Box 1257 | Rutland, VT 05701 | 802.417.2170
The Hayes Foundation does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, national origin (ancestry), disability, sexual orientation, or any protected class in any of its grantmaking operations.