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Municipal Planning Grant

Grants to Vermont Local Governments for Community
Development and Revitalization Projects

GrantWatch ID#: 174774
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Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)

10/31/16 7:00 PM

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Grants ranging from $2,500 to $35,000 to Vermont municipalities for planning projects that will result in community revitalization and increased quality of life. Examples of eligible projects include increasing downtown parking, restoring landmark buildings, protecting natural resources, and improving public spaces.

For state fiscal year (FY) 2017, the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will grant approximately $457,000 to municipalities to promote community planning, revitalization and development activities that maintain Vermont’s land use goal of compact settlements separated by rural lands.

The Municipal Planning Grant (MPG) Program funds a wide range of municipal planning projects as allowed. Projects that promote Vermont’s historic settlement pattern will be given priority.

Funds may be used to:
- Underwrite expenses for public meetings and hearings, informational workshops citizen surveys, outreach and notification costs;
- Support research, data collection, capacity studies, inventories, and mapping;
- Pay consultants, interns, regional planning commission staff, or legal fees associated with the project;
- Purchase development rights, easements, and titles of properties for housing and conservation purposes identified in the municipal plan;
- Purchase materials needed to produce a plan, by law, or implement or administer the project, like writing supplies, maps, and copies;
- Conduct other non-prohibited activities.


Single Municipality: $2,500 - $20,000.
Consortium of Two or More Towns: $2,500 - $35,000.

MPG projects must be completed within 18 months. Award decisions will be issued early December 2016. All funds must be spent by May 31, 2018.

Municipalities with large, multi-year projects are encouraged to break projects into related, stand-alone phases that produce a defined product upon completion and then apply for another phase each year. However, because funds are allocated competitively each year, MPG support for subsequent phases cannot be guaranteed.

Municipalities with a local planning process that has been confirmed by October 31, 2016, are eligible to apply for grants. To be confirmed, an adopted plan must be approved by a regional planning commission and the municipality must maintain efforts to provide local funds for municipal and regional planning purposes as required by 24 V.S.A. s. 4350.

Municipalities without a confirmed local planning process may apply for funding but only to create a municipal plan approvable by the RPC. They must also have voted to provide local funds for municipal and regional planning purposes. Grant proposals from municipalities that have received RPC recommendations to bring their plan into compliance with statewide requirements must address the changes identified by the RPC.

Municipal organizations other than the planning commission (such as the conservation commission) may apply for a grant, but only with prior approval of their town’s planning commission and select board. Each municipality may submit only one application per year.

Municipalities may not receive funding if they are (a) suspended or debarred by the Federal Government, (b) delinquent in submitting their sub recipient annual reports, or (c) delinquent in submitting their Single Audit Reports (if required).

Consortium Applications: Two or more municipalities may apply jointly for a consortium application (up to $35,000). Applications must address a shared issue and must identify a lead municipality to administer the project. All municipalities in a consortium must have a confirmed local planning process by October 31, 2016. No member of a consortium may apply for an individual MPG the same year.

Application Instructions and Resources:

- RPC Confirmation of Municipal Planning Process: by October 31, 2016
- Application Deadline: October 31, 2016 at 7:00 PM
- Award Decisions: Early December, 2016
- Mid-Project Report Due: August 31, 2017
- Project Completion and All Funds Spent: May 31, 2018
- Final Report and Products Submitted: June 30, 2018

Grant funds are regionally apportioned, based on the percentage of municipalities with confirmed planning processes within each of Vermont’s 11 regional planning commission (RPC) regions. Eligible municipalities compete within their region for grant funding. Funding decisions are made by the DHCD Commissioner, based on the competitive criteria listed under Grant Selection Process on page 4. Low scoring applications will not be funded.

Matching Requirements:
- Municipalities may apply for any dollar amount between $2,500 and $8,000 without a local match requirement. Any grant amount above $8,000 will require a local cash match: 33% of total project cost over $8,000 (or 50% of MPG funds over $8,000).
- Consortia application grant awards are capped at $35,000 with a local cash match: 33% of total project cost above $15,000.

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

Annina Seiler, Grants Management Specialist

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