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Grants to Vermont Municipalities for Projects to Protect Roads and Enhance Water Quality

Vermont Better Roads Grant Program


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Funding Source
Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans)
Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Vermont

Important Dates
Deadline: 12/29/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants and technical support to Vermont municipalities for projects that correct road erosion and improve water quality within the state. Funding is intended to promote road maintenance techniques that reduce costs and enhance and protect the water quality of Vermont's lakes and streams.
Grant Categories for the current solicitation:

B. Correction of a Road Related Erosion Problem or Stormwater Mitigation/Retrofit for both gravel and paved roads 

C. Correction of a Stream Bank, Lake shore, or Slope Related Problem

D. Structure/culvert installation or replacement for culverts equal to or larger than 36” 

Projects may be enhancements of a scheduled project that provide additional erosion control benefits, such as ditch stabilization in conjunction with a culvert replacement, or may be a stand-alone erosion control solution.

For details and project examples pertaining to each of the above categories, please see p. 2 of the Application listed in Supporting Documents below.

All work should be completed in accordance with specifications contained in the Vermont Better Roads Manual (See Supporting Documents below).


Additional Eligibility Criteria
The Program provides technical support and grant funding to Vermont municipalities.

Pre-Application Information
Please note: The SFY25 Better Roads Application deadline has been extended to 12/29/23 due to the recent weather events.

Please note that the application scoring of the Better Roads Program is intended to be in line with the State’s Clean Water Act (Act 64), as well as the Municipal Roads General Permit (MRGP). In an effort to prioritize funding for projects that are providing significant water quality improvements, applicants must indicate whether or not the projects that they intend to construct will be in full compliance with the MRGP.

The grant should represent a maximum of 80% of total project cost. A minimum 20% local match is required.

Municipalities may apply for more than one grant but are only eligible for the maximum grant amount of each category. For instance, a municipality could apply for two small Category B grants if the total of both grants is under the $20,000 maximum award. Additionally, a municipality could apply for both a Category B and a Category D project, etc.

Estimated Size of Grant
Maximum Grant Awards:
- Category B grants: $20,000
- Category C grants: $40,000
- Category D grants: $60,000

Term of Contract
The deadline to complete work for Categories B/C/D projects is September 30th, 2025.

Contact Information
Please send completed applications to:

For questions regarding the application, program related questions, project information, or for technical assistance, please contact Alan May at (802) 828-4585 or

For funding or general program questions, please contact Ross Gouin at (802)595-2381 or via email at

For questions related to projects affecting rivers and streams, please contact the Agency of Natural Resources, River Management Engineers:
- Chris Brunelle, Northwest VT (802) 777-5328 or
- Scott Jensen, Southeast VT (802) 490-6962 or
- Jaron Borg, Central VT (802) 371-8342 or
- Josh Carvajal, Southwest VT (802)490-6163 or

For questions related to the Municipal Roads General Permit, please contact Evelyn Boardman, Municipal Roads Program Coordinator. (802) 636-7396 or

Vermont Agency of Transportation
219 North Main Street
Barre, VT 05641

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