Montpelier Conservation Fund

Grants to Montpelier, Vermont Individuals
for Land and Water Preservation Programs

GrantWatch ID#: 166325
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City of Montpelier


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Grants to Montpelier, Vermont individuals for programs that conserve lands and waters within the City for agricultural, forest, wildlife, recreational or natural area use. Funding uses may include but are not limited to purchase (or assistance in the purchase) of rights of first refusal, options to purchase, long term leases, conservation easements (development rights), land through a bargain sales, and land in fee.

The fund may not be used in any way for development of the land.

Use of the Fund must result in at least one of the following benefits to the City:
- Provision of opportunities for public access and/or public outdoor recreation for the people of Montpelier.
- Preservation of agricultural enterprises, which allows land to remain in conservation.
- Protection of the City’s mosaic of built up and scenic, open space character.
- Preservation of natural habitats for plants and animals, including wildlife corridors.
- Effect in aiding to create a more walk-able environment throughout Montpelier through the creation of trails, greenways or other alternative transportation modes.

Each proposal will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

- Relative importance of the proposal for agriculture, forest, wildlife, scenic, recreational or natural area.
- Use and priority according to available evaluation systems, e.g. Montpelier Open Space Study. Copies of the Open Space Plan may be obtained by contacting the City Manager’s office.
- Effect of proposal on adjacent land and other land in the area.
- Opportunities presented by the proposal to offer or preserve significant recreational or scenic benefits to Montpelier citizens, the loss of which would detract from the quality of life in Montpelier.
- Preservation of important natural areas in the community.
- Imminent threat of conversion to other uses.
- Project's ability to pay for itself; including possibility of private participation in conservation effort, incentive for leveraged funds, donations of easements, or bargain sales.

Any Montpelier landowner or official landowner representative is eligible to submit an application. The Montpelier Conservation Commission reserves the right to recommend to City Council that an eligible proposal may be tabled until such time as the proposal can be evaluated in relation to one or more anticipated proposals.

Please submit hard copy proposals. The application form may be duplicated or reproduced on a computer. You may be asked to host a site visit to the property.

Proposals may be submitted at any time, and will be reviewed at quarterly meetings of the Conservation Fund Committee in January, April, July and October. Urgent proposals may be reviewed ASAP.

The Conservation Fund Committee will subsequently bring recommendations to the Montpelier Conservation Commission the month following (February, May, August and November). The Montpelier Conservation Commission meets on the second Thursday of each month.

Every effort will be made to have final funding recommendations reviewed by the Montpelier City Council at the earliest City Council meeting after the Conservation Commission meeting. The Montpelier City Council meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month.

Applicants will be notified of the status of their proposal by the Conservation Fund Committee as soon as possible following a final decision.

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Christine Zachai, Conservation Fund Chair

William Fraser, City Manager’s Office

City of Montpelier
39 Main St.
Montpelier, VT 05602-2950


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