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Vermont Community Development Program (VCDP)

Grants to Vermont Towns and Agencies to Enhance Local
Economic Development, Public Services, and Housing

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Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development - Department of Housing and Community Development

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Grants starting at $3,000 to Vermont towns and government agencies for programs that will improve the financial needs of local communities. Funding will be awarded to programs in the areas of economic development, public facilities, housing, public services, and handicapped accessibility modifications. Funds must primarily benefit persons of low and moderate income. In addition, assistance is provided to communities for threats of health and safety issues as urgent needs and slums and blight projects.

VCDP provides federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for eligible activities through the following application types:

1) Accessibility Modification Grants (AM) - Provides funding, on a first-come, first-serve basis for projects that bring existing municipally-owned buildings that serve a municipal function and non-school-community libraries into full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the rules of the Vermont Access Board.

Example: Bring municipally-owned buildings and libraries into compliance with state and federal accessibility requirements.

2) Implementation Grants (IG) - Provides funding for economic development, housing, public facilities, and public services, in support of economic development or housing that will result in direct benefit to persons of low-and-moderate income, will eliminate slums or blight, or will address a community’s urgent need.

Examples: Assist businesses to create or retain jobs, create or rehabilitate housing units, build infrastructure, create or assist childcare and senior centers etc.

3) Planning Grants (PG) - Provides funding for community development planning activities and/or pre-development activities in preparation for implementing a project in one or more of the program areas (housing, economic development, public facilities or public services). Planning grant funds allow communities access to the technical expertise and professional resources needed to test ideas, propose strategies, develop plans, establish policies and procedures, and conduct organizational activities.

Examples: Conduct feasibility studies and marketing plans, produce architectural and engineering plans, etc. for IG projects.

4) Scattered Site Grants (SS) - Provides funds to the regional scattered site housing rehabilitation revolving loan fund programs and are a specific type of implementation grant and have their own application on the Online Grants Management System.

Example: Rehabilitate scattered site housing projects.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179872

Estimated Size of Grant:

Accessibility Modification Grants (AM): $5,000 - $75,000

Implementation Grants (IG): $50,000 - $1,000,000

Planning Grants (PG): $3,000 - $40,000

Scattered Site Grants (SS): $50,000-$1,000,000

Term of Contract:

Implementation Grants may be funded over multiple years (minimum 3 years/maximum 4 years) in phases.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any Vermont town, city (except Burlington), incorporated village chartered to function as a general purpose unit of local government, or a consortium of such entities, is eligible for funding. However, the majority of projects are a coordinated effort between the municipalities, community groups, and local or state nonprofit organizations or small businesses.

The activities listed below are ineligible under the Federal Act:
- Public facilities used for services provided for the general conduct of government (except for accessibility modification projects)
- Public education costs

Due to the limited funds available and the many types of projects that the federal law allows, the following project types will not be funded under the VCDP. Activities in these areas tend to be municipal government priorities and so tend to have access to funding sources that VCDP-eligible projects are less likely to access:
- Fire
- Police
- Ambulance
- Emergency 911 Phone systems

Pre-Application Information:

The Vermont Community Development Program (VCDP) offers rolling applications submissions. However, it is recommended that you submit your application prior to the target dates listed below for the corresponding board meeting.

Target Dates for Submission:
August 8, 2017
November 21, 2017
February 6, 2018
April 17, 2018

CD Board Meeting Schedule:
October 12, 2017
February 8, 2018
April 12, 2018
June 14, 2018

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Contact Information:

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

To apply:

Orange, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, and Washington counties Contact:
Carl Bohlen
Phone: 802-828-5215

Caledonia, Essex, Orleans, Windham, and Windsor counties Contact:
Nathan Cleveland
Phone: 802-828-2998

Addison, Bennington, Chittenden, and Rutland counties Contact:
Claire Forbes
Phone: 802-828-1256

Cindy Blondin, Online Grants Management System
Phone: 802-828-5219

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Vermont