Grant Opportunities

Brownfields

Mount Ascutney Regional Commission currently administers grants related to all aspects of Brownfields.

Contact: Cindy Ingersoll (cingersoll@marcvt.org )with questions.

Community Development

USDA Grants

Economic Impact Initiative Grant

This program provides funding to assist in the development of essential community facilities in rural communities with extreme unemployment and severe economic depression. An essential community facility is one that provides an essential service to the local community, is needed for the orderly development of the community, serves a primarily rural area, and does not include private, commercial or business undertakings. 

Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program

This program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. An essential community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area, and does not include private, commercial or business undertakings.

Contact: Jason Rasmussen (jrasmussen@marcvt.org) and Alex Taft (ataft@marcvt.org) with questions.

Emergency Management

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Committees (BRIC) 

Grant program to states and local communities for mitigation activities. The funding available is $1,000,000 for federal share set-aside for Vermont with up to $500,000 available for planning activities. Funding can be used for Project Scoping to project implementation. Up to $50 million is available per sub-application for nationally competitive mitigation projects. The application period opens September 30, 2021 with a state deadline of Friday, December 17, 2021.  

Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) 

Grant program funds states, local communities, tribes, and territories to reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings and structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Up to $900,000 is available per State for Project Scoping to develop community flood mitigation projects that reduce future NFIP flood claims. Up to $70 million can be applied for per sub-applicant for Community Flood Mitigation Projects to address community flood risk to reduce future NFIP flood claims. The application period opens September 30, 2021 with a state deadline of Friday, December 17, 2021.  

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) 

Funding is opening for the major disaster declared for the COVID-19 pandemic. President Biden has authorized FEMA to provide the State of Vermont funding through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) with a contribution of $13.4 million. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with a likely application deadline in the summer of 2022, more information coming soon.  

Contact: Allison Hopkins (ahopkins@marcvt.org) with questions.

Health & Wellness

RiseVT Amplify Grant

RiseVT is excited to financially support a variety of projects by awarding 2020 Amplify Grants to community partners whose projects make the healthy choice the easy choice where we live, work, learn, and play. Amplify Grants range $250-$1,500—the budget of the proposed project must not exceed $1,500. We encourage applicants to apply for only what is needed for your specific project.

Contact: Allison Hopkins (ahopkins@marcvt.org) with questions.

Land Use Planning

2022 Municipal Planning Grants

Vermont’s communities face tough challenges responding to and recovering from COVID-19, and the State’s flexible Municipal Planning Grants are ready to support projects for long-term recovery. Now is a great time to consider proposals that boost resilience in your community. Municipal Planning Grants have helped communities just like yours implement town plan recommendations and jump start initiatives like zoning updates to welcome new homes, plans for a state designated area, or economic recovery strategies.

A quarter of the funding has been approved to date, and a total of approximately $450,000 will be awarded to municipalities to promote planning, revitalization, and development activities if the legislature level funds. Towns may apply for up to $22,000 and joint applications from several municipalities (a consortium) may apply for up to $35,000. A wide range of municipal planning and implementation activities are eligible for funding. Strong grant applications demonstrate a clear need and community partnership. I encourage you to reach out to stakeholders now and discuss local needs, opportunities, and strategies for change. Please review the Program Description for eligibility requirements and use the new Application Guide and the criteria for successful applications. Even the smallest Vermont towns can write a winning application and open doors to new opportunities. We look forward to helping you develop creative solutions to improve your community.

Application Schedule for the 2022 Grants:

Award Decisions: Early December 2021

Contact: Jennifer.Lavoie@vermont.gov or 802-828-1948.

Supplementing Municipal Planning Grant funds, Act 74 of 2021 makes an additional $500,000 available specifically for zoning/subdivision bylaw modernization projects. This one-time State funding will be available to support municipal bylaw amendments in FY22 that implement “Neighborhoods, “expand choice and opportunity for homes in pedestrian-oriented neighborhoods. The Department recommends that municipalities with bylaw amendment projects that meet this special program’s requirements apply for these funds instead of a Municipal Planning Grant; however, a municipality may apply for both Municipal Planning Grant and Bylaw Modernization Grant funds in FY22.  

Utilities & Facilities

Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) opportunities forming.

Contact: Alex Taft (ataft@marcvt.org) with questions.

Conservation

Land & Water Conservation Fund Grants

Funds are available for the acquisition of land for parks and public outdoor recreation, or development of new facilities and/or renovation of existing facilities for outdoor recreation. LWCF grants provide up to 50% matching assistance to the state and local governments.

Application deadline: 2022-2023 upcoming

For More Details: https://fpr.vermont.gov/recreationaltrails-program

Vermont Historic Preservation Grants

Historic Preservation: If your municipality or non-profit organization owns a historic building, you may be eligible to apply for a Historic Preservation Grant to assist with the cost of repairing and maintaining the structure.

Barn Preservation: If you own a historic agricultural building, you may be eligible to apply for a Barn Grant to assist with the cost of repairing and maintaining the structure.

Downtown & Village Center Tax Credits: State income tax credits are available to business and property owners with buildings constructed prior to 1983 and located within a State designated downtown or village center. Credits can help defray the cost of historic rehabilitation, façade and code improvements and technology upgrades.

Application deadline: Varies

Contact: Caitlin Corkins (Caitlin.Corkins@vermont.gov) at 802-828-3047 to be added to mailing list for grant notifications

More info: https://accd.vermont.gov/historic-preservation/funding/historic-preservation-grants

Agricultural Grants

https://agriculture.vermont.gov/grants/calendar

Energy

There are upcoming and ongoing opportunities with Efficiency Vermont, Vermont Department of Public Service, and Utility providers. These programs can help renters and homeowners, make weatherization and energy efficient improvements to their homes.

Contact: Alex Taft (ataft@marcvt.org) or Otis Munroe (omunroe@marcvt.org) to learn more or inquire about homeowner support programs or with any additional questions.

Transportation

The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)

Provides funding for projects defined as transportation alternatives (click here for additional FHWA guidance), including on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects for improving non-driver access to public transportation and enhancing mobility, community improvement activities, and environmental mitigation, trails that serve a transportation purpose, and safe routes to school projects.

Contact: Jason Rasmussen (jrasmussen@marcvt.org) or Otis Munroe (omunroe@marcvt.org) with questions.

Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Grant Program

The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) started the Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) grant program in 2014 with funding from the Department of Environmental Conservation, investing $200,000 on 15 projects in designated downtowns and village centers. Since that time the number of registered EVs in Vermont has risen from 943 in July 2015 to 4,360 in January 2021 or a 362% increase, signaling the need for a more robust EVSE network in the state. In 2021, the legislature approved $1,000,000 in funding to install charging stations at multi-unit dwelling affordable housing units, bringing home charging to Vermonters in a more equitable, accessible, and affordable way.  The program is currently being designed with a planned launch in January 2022.

Contact: Alex Taft (ataft@marcvt.org) or Otis Munroe (omunroe@marcvt.org) with questions.

Water Resource Planning

2021 Hazard Mitigation Funding Opportunities

Flood Resilient Communities Fund (FRCF)

Was established by the Vermont Legislature under Act 74 with the intent of improving landscape and community resilience and reducing the future public safety and water quality impacts of flood hazards in Vermont, focusing on buyouts of flood-vulnerable properties. This program will prioritize projects that are not eligible for FEMA funding. Available funding is $4.6 million in fiscal year 2022. Round one of applications will be due October 29, 2021 and round two January 31, 2022.

Contact: Allison Hopkins (ahopkins@marcvt.org) or Chris Yurek (cyurek@marcvt.org) with questions.

Clean Water Block Grants

Support for statewide partner(s) to administer a program that will support the completion of “construction-ready” clean water improvement projects identified on the DEC Watershed Projects Database.

For more information: Visit our Clean Water Block Grant webpage