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Vermont Community Development Program (VCDP) - Implementation Grant (IG)

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

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD), Department of Housing and Community Development

Deadline Date:

04/14/20

Description:

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Grants starting at $50,000 to Vermont government agencies and municipalities (with the exception of Burlington) for housing, economic development, and public facilities and services. Applicants must hold a public meeting prior to applying. Funding is intended to support projects that promote economic development or housing that will directly benefit individuals of low- and moderate income, will eliminate slums or blight, or will address a community’s urgent need.

If an applicant seeks VCDP funding to remediate and reuse a brownfield site(s), VCDP funds will only be available for sites where there is a clear commitment to the reoccupation and reuse of the subject property, and the project is not eligible or appropriate for the Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund or any other federal or state brownfield funds.

Each proposed VCDP activity must meet at least one state objective:
- Housing: Conserve, expand, and/or improve housing.
- Economic Development: Create and retain jobs.
- Public Facilities: Improve public facilities in support of housing or economic development activities, or where there is a threat to the public health and safety.
- Public services: Provide services that support job creation and/or retention, support family self-sufficiency, support housing, or assist persons with special needs.

Slums and Blight: Elimination of a slum or a blighted condition on a spot or area basis is a means to provide benefit under the Federal Act. However, only limited funds are available due to statutory requirements dictating the amount of funds that must meet the low- and moderate-income national objective.

Urgent Need: Meet a condition that recently became an urgent need. Addressing a community’s urgent need may provide benefit under the Federal Act. However, only limited funds are available due to statutory requirements dictating the amount of funds that must meet the low- and moderate-income national objective.

Each project must result in benefits that address the National Objectives established under the Federal Act. For details regarding these objectives and benefits, see:
https://accd.vermont.gov/sites/accdnew/files/documents/CD-VCDP-Program-Guide.pdf#page=16

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179872

Estimated Size of Grant:

The grant range is $50,000 minimum to $500,000 maximum or $1,000,000 maximum. The $500,000 maximum is applicable ONLY to applications for community public facilities projects (i.e. community centers, senior centers, day care centers) and public service projects.

Multi-year grants: Grant Range: $200,000 to $1,250,000 for all phases. You must contact the CD Specialist for your region to be sure there are funds available for a multi-year application.

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.

For guidelines related to consortium, see:
https://accd.vermont.gov/sites/accdnew/files/documents/CD-VCDP-Program-Guide.pdf#page=13

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:

VCDP accepts applications on a rolling basis. However, it is recommended that you submit your application prior to the target dates listed below for the corresponding board meeting. Applicants are notified of Award/Non-Award, typically within two weeks of meeting date.

Target Dates for Submission:
- September 10, 2019, for CD Board Meeting on November 7, 2019
- February 11, 2020, for CD Board Meeting on April 2, 2020
- April 14, 2019, for CD Board Meting on June 11, 2020

All applicants must be registered with SAM: https://sam.gov/SAM/

VCDP staff are available to talk with you about your project and to answer your questions about its fit with the Program, and applicants are highly encouraged to apply ONLY after discussing the project with VCDP staff. Your chief contact will be the Community Development Specialist (CD Specialist) assigned to your geographic region of the state.

While not required to notify the Agency of the intent to apply for VCDP funds, applicants are strongly encouraged to use the VCDP Pre-Application Form as soon as the VCDP has been identified as a potential source of funds. Advantages are that the Pre-Application is circulated to others at the Agency resulting in more comprehensive feedback and you will have earlier access to assistance from staff in making your application as competitive as possible.

For some projects, notably economic development and multi-unit housing projects, it is extremely valuable and important for a meeting to be arranged with representatives from all potential funding sources prior to the preparation of an application. VCDP strongly encourages these meetings and will be happy to assist in coordinating them. During these meetings issues such as timing, eligibility and project feasibility can be addressed. Contact the CD Specialist above for your region early in the process to discuss your project and make arrangements for an all players meeting.

One of the most frequent items preventing an application from being considered as planned is the failure to comply with the application public hearing requirements. For additional information, see:
https://accd.vermont.gov/sites/accdnew/files/documents/CD-VCDP-Program-Guide.pdf#page=24

Every U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) assisted project must complete an Environmental Review (ER). The ER does not need to be completed before an application is submitted but it must be completed before any choice limiting activities incur. For more information, see: https://accd.vermont.gov/community-development/funding-incentives/vcdp/env-review

Brownfields Initiative: https://accd.vermont.gov/economic-development/funding-incentives/brownfields-initiative

Additional information: https://accd.vermont.gov/community-development/funding-incentives/vcdp

Contact Information:

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

To apply:
https://egrants.vermont.gov/Login2.aspx?APPTHEME=VTACCD

The Agate Software Help Desk: 1-800-820-1890 or helpdesk@agatesoftware.com

For questions regarding project eligibility, pre-application, and applications:

​Addison, Lamoille, Washington, Orange counties - julia.connell@vermont.gov

Bennington, Chittenden, Franklin, Grand Isle, Rutland counties - patrick.scheld@vermont.gov

Caledonia, Essex, Orange, Orleans, Windham, Windsor counties - nathan.cleveland@vermont.gov

For a list of CD specialists with contact information, see:
https://accd.vermont.gov/sites/accdnew/files/documents/CD-VCDP-Program-Guide.pdf#page=5

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Vermont: Municipalities throughout Vermont (with the exception of the City of Burlington, which deals directly with HUD)

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