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Vermont Community Development Program (VCDP) - Planning Grant (PG)

Grants to Vermont Agencies and Municipalities for Planning Related
to Housing, Economic Development, and Public Facilities

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 ranging from $3,000 to $60,000 to Vermont government agencies and municipalities (with the exception of Burlington) to help plan for housing projects, economic development, and public facilities and services. Funding is intended to support pre-development and planning activities, and allows 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.

VCDP funds are able to assist communities with a wide range of projects, because the funds can be used for many types of expenditures. The VCDP is a resource for housing, economic development, public facilities, public services, and planning. Types of activities within these project areas include:
- Housing rehabilitation and acquisition, lead abatement, home ownership assistance
- Economic development loans to businesses
- Water, sewer, and other infrastructure serving economic development or housing
- Rehabilitation or acquisition of public facilities; senior, child care, assisted living, or homeless facilities
- Handicap accessibility modifications
- Planning
- Disaster assistance

Each project must result in benefits that address the National Objectives established under the Federal Act:
- Serving persons of low- and moderate-income
- Slums and Blight
- Urgent Need

For additional information about these objectives, see:
https://accd.vermont.gov/sites/accdnew/files/documents/CD-VCDP-Program-Guide.pdf#page=16

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186231

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant Range: $3,000 minimum to $60,000 maximum.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

VCDP policies provide for a collaborative arrangement termed a “Consortium.” Under this arrangement, one municipality serves as the “Lead” and serves as the agent for all of the other municipalities, which are considered “Joint Applicants”. The specifics of this arrangement are set out in a “Consortium Contract". Be aware that there are specific public hearing requirements for consortiums. For information and guidelines related to consortia, 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

All applicants, potential sub grantees, and potential borrowers must be registered with the System for Award Management (SAM.gov).

Pre-Application Information:

There are three Community Development Board meetings during this program year. The Community Development Board meetings will continue to have a companion “Target Date” to address applicants wondering when applications should be submitted for a specific Community Development Board meeting. The “Target Date” for application submission is a date about two months prior to the Board meeting.

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

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

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.

Municipalities are allowed to bring one Implementation, one Planning, one Accessibility Modification and one Scattered Site Grant to a Community Development Board meeting. If there is more than one grant of the same type, such as Implementation grants, “ready” to come to the same Community Development Board meeting, the municipality would have to decide which one it wants considered by the CD Board. Please note that due to the highly competitive nature of the VCDP, the likelihood of a municipality receiving funding for all four application types at the same CD Board meeting is very low.

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, see below.

Often a visit by your CD Specialist to the site of your project is helpful for both you and the Specialist. This is preferably done prior to the application deadline but may also occur after the application has been submitted.

Municipality must hold at least one public hearing to provide residents with an opportunity to learn and comment on the proposal. Every U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) assisted project must complete an
Environmental Review (ER).

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.

Many applicants, both municipal officials and project developers, find that they are too busy to actually complete the application forms themselves. There are a number of non-profit agencies, including the regional planning commissions and regional development corporations that have assisted applicants. See Supporting Documents for a list of Community Development Consultants.

A 25% match of cash or cash-in-kind goods or services is required for all PGs.

Resources: https://accd.vermont.gov/community-development/resources-rules/vcdp-resources

Forms and Documents: https://accd.vermont.gov/community-development/funding-incentives/vcdp/forms

Contact Information:

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

Apply online: https://egrants.vermont.gov/Login2.aspx?APPTHEME=VTACCD

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

Contacts:

​Addison, Lamoille, Washington 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

Completing the Environmental Review: quin.mann@vermont.gov

Access to GEARS, creating applications and environmental reviews: cindy.blondin@vermont.gov

For complete list of contacts, see: https://accd.vermont.gov/sites/accdnew/files/documents/CD-VCDP-Program-Guide.pdf#page=5

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USA: Vermont: Municipalities throughout Vermont (with the exception of the City of Burlington)

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