John M. Bissell Foundation, Inc. will accept proposals from February 1st to March 1st of each year.

Grants will be awarded during the spring and summer of each year.








  • Funding for the screening license of Singing Revolution which was viewed at Johnson State College on January 25, 2012.
  • Funding for the production of "Shakespeare's Daughter" produced by Kevin McCarthy. 
  • Funding to support the film Out of the Past with guest speaker Rick Winston at Johnson State College.
  • Funding for production of the film Departed Harvest by JoDa Hodge.
  • Funding for The Vermont Movie's 14 county theatrical tour starting Spring, 2012.
  • The premiere of Soul Keeper was held on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. at Palace 9 in South Burlington, Vermont.  A premier was also held at River Arts with guest speaker and author Joe Citro.
  • Funding for the film equipment for Helen Day Art Center in Stowe, Vermont.
  • Funding for the film equipment for Chandler Center of the Arts in Randolph, Vermont.
  • Funding for the short film Pearl.
  • The Bissell Foundation was a sponsor during the 14th Annual Green Mountain Film Festival.  Bissell Foundation provided funding for Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie, Part One.
  • The River Arts Bissell Film Series began Thursday, January 20, 2011 at River Arts in Morrisville, Vermont and ran until July, 2011.
  • The Bissell Foundation awarded a grant for the scoring of the film The Dragon Wall.  The Dragon Wall was premiered at Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center in Stowe, Vermont on Sunday, January 16, 2011.


Board of Directors

Edward B. French, Jr., Esq.

Jennifer B. Colin, Esq.

Angela Norder, CPA



Katie Reen
Executive Director and Secretary