Better Connections Program

Grants to Vermont Municipalities for Transportation
Improvements and Downtown Revitalization

GrantWatch ID#: 176430
Agency Type:


Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans), Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD)


01/13/17 4:00 PM Electronic Receipt; Hard Copy Postmarked by date

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Grants to Vermont municipalities for planning initiatives that improve transportation, build community resilience and promote economic vitality. Pre-application meetings must be completed by December 16. Proposals should lead to a direct project implementation.

The Better Connections Program grants are for planning work leading to local policy decisions and implementation. Projects should address land use and development, context-sensitive design, transportation network connectivity and roadway design, water quality, green and gray infrastructure capacity, and economic development.

All projects must support the Program Purpose and Objectives, include an effective community visioning process, and develop an implementation plan. The implementation plan should coincide with capital projects identified in the regional and municipal plan, municipal capital plan or the VTrans Capital Program.

Examples of eligible projects include, but are not necessarily limited to:

1) Activity Center Plans - Activity Center plans are smaller in geographic focus than Municipal Plans, and because of their smaller geography and focus; they provide more detailed implementation recommendations for specific areas. Activity Center Plans are a community-driven physical plan for future improvements.

2) Corridor Transportation and Land Use Plan (CTLUP) - A CTLUP supports and encourages safe, comfortable multimodal transportation options (bicycle, pedestrian, vehicles, and transit) on state and town highways. The CTLUP geography varies, but the plan should be implementation-driven and deliver strategies to improve both the transportation and land use along a specific area of the corridor.

3) Innovative Transportation and Land Use Guidelines and Policies - Guidelines and bylaws that integrate transportation and land use to increase transportation options, support economic development and community resilience. The guidelines must be specific to a certain area (downtown, village, neighborhood or corridor) and not municipal-wide bylaws or standards.


Projects must be completed and all funds spent by September 1, 2018.

Vermont municipalities are eligible.

A 10% local cash match is required.

All applicants are required to contact the VTrans Program Manager, Jackie Cassino to set up a pre-application meeting.

All application materials must be submitted both electronically and in hard copy. Electronic copies are due by 4:00 PM by email to Jackie Cassino. Mailed applications must be postmarked by the deadline.

-October 14, 2016: Grant Announcement
-December 16, 2016: Pre-application Meeting Deadline
-December 31, 2016: RPC Confirmation of Municipal Planning Process
-January 13, 2017: Application Deadline
-February 20, 2017: Award Decisions
-March 31, 2017: VTrans Grant Agreement Due
-June 2, 2017: Consultant Procurement Due
-January 26, 2018: Mid-project Report Due
-September 1, 2018: Project Completion and All Funds Spent
-September 30, 2018: Project Close-out Report and Final Project Reports Due

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

Jackie Cassino, Planning Coordinator
Policy, Planning & Intermodal Development
Vermont Agency of Transportation

Richard Amore, Planning & Project Manager
Community Planning + Revitalization
Agency of Commerce and Community Development

Mail applications to:

Jackie Cassino, Planning Coordinator
VT Agency of Transportation
Policy and Planning
1 National Life Drive
Montpelier, VT 05633

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