Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans), Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD)
02/19/21 4:00 PM
Grants to Vermont municipalities in eligible regions to develop plans to enhance transportation options and economic vitality in local communities. A Letter of Intent must be submitted prior to applying. Funding is also intended for stormwater management projects that improve water quality. Grants are available to Vermont municipalities outside of Chittenden County.
The Better Connections Grant Program encourages municipalities to proactively coordinate land use decisions with transportation investments that build community resilience, with a particular emphasis on projects that support the implementation of innovative transportation and land use concepts. The Program works in partnership with municipalities and other stakeholders to accomplish the following objectives:
Priority consideration will be given to projects that:
Awarded projects must be consistent with the goals of the regional and municipal plan. Program grants are for master planning projects that inform local policy decisions, identify priorities, guide future investment, and facilitate the implementation of projects. Projects should address the program purpose and objectives to improve the multimodal transportation system, downtown and village revitalization, and lead to project implementation.
All projects must include an effective community visioning process and robust stakeholder involvement. The program funds various types of master planning for regions, downtowns and villages, neighborhoods, and streets and corridors. See Program story map (https://secure.accd.vermont.gov/betterconnections/projects/index.html) and program website for examples of prior projects funded by the Better Connections program.
Master plans are specific in focus and they present a community-driven vision of the physical environment for a region/downtown/village center/neighborhood/corridor for the next 10 years. Master plans engage the community in a process to evaluate ways to enhance their community through improved multimodal connectivity, active transportation and complete streets, access management, traffic calming, parking, wayfinding, rehabilitation of buildings, or redevelopment of sites, housing, land use, stormwater management, and zoning bylaw and form-based code development. In addition to the physical master plan, there can be a corresponding economic and marketing plan to ensure the market viability of the proposed improvements and inform the municipality’s capital planning.
A successful master plan will include an extensive and diverse public engagement process with multiple public meetings, workshops, charrettes, and/or pop-up events. The plans are action-oriented and layout a strategic implementation plan for both short-term and long-term public and private investments in the defined project area.
Program grants and required match can be spent only on “direct project related costs.” Eligible costs include consultant costs, postage, travel, supplies, and printing.
For more information about Additional Funding Opportunities, see here:
GrantWatch ID#: 176430
It is anticipated that the program will fund up to 3 projects per grant cycle, which runs every other year.
Awards may range between $35,000 and $67,500. Additionally, applicants will have the opportunity to apply for up to $30,000 from the Agency of Natural Resources Clean Water Fund (with no local match) to support Better Connections projects that improve water quality by reducing nutrient and sediment pollution.
Grantees generally have eighteen (18) months to complete projects.
- Project started: June 1, 2021
- Project completed: December 1, 2022
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Email applications to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jackie Cassino, Planning Coordinator
Policy, Planning & Intermodal Development
Vermont Agency of Transportation
219 N. Main St.
Barre, VT 05641
Richard Amore, Planning & Project Outreach Manager
Community Planning + Revitalization
Agency of Commerce and Community Development
One National Life Drive
Montpelier, VT 05620-0501
Please contact Shaun Gilpin, Housing Policy Specialist for the Department of Housing and Community Development at Shaun.Gilpin@vermont.gov if you’re interested in participating in a Fair Housing training.
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