Funding Opportunities

The CCRPC Funding Opportunities database is a near complete list of funding opportunities available to municipalities, non-profits, and businesses for planning and infrastructure-related projects.  The list is updated by CCRPC staff annually every July.  Users may filter the database by category, funding agency, and eligible organizations.

Users are encouraged to click on the link for each funding opportunity to ensure access to the most up-to-date information available about each program.

Questions about all funding opportunities should be directed to the respective funding agency. All other questions about the database can be directed to Taylor Newton (tnewton@ccrpcvt.org).


  • 3-Acre Permit Obtainment Assistance Program

    For properties subject to the 3-acre requirement of the Vermont Stormwater Permit 3-9050, the Permit Obtainment Assistance (POA) program provides financial assistance to eligible sites seeking to obtain Three-Acre Permit coverage.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      ANR - Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
    • Local Match Requirement
      None
    • Award Amount
      Up to $49,999
    • Deadline
      October 31, 2024
    • Competitive?
      Non-competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Business, School, State
    • Project Categories
      Infrastructure, Planning, Water Quality
  • AARP Community Challenge

    The AARP Community Challenge grant program is part of the nationwide AARP Livable Communities initiative that helps communities become great places to live for residents of all ages. The program is intended to help communities make immediate improvements and jump-start long-term progress in support of residents of all ages. Funding priorities are established yearly, but generally relate to smart growth, sustainable transportation, placemaking, equity and civic engagement, community health, and affordability. Successful applications support permanent physical improvements in the community, temporary demonstrations that lead to long-term change, or new / innovative programming or services. Inquiries can be sent to CommunityChallenge@AARP.org.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      AARP
    • Local Match Requirement
      None
    • Award Amount
      Flagship: Variable, $500-$50,000
      Capacity-Building: $2,500 plus technical assistance
      Demonstration: $10,000-$50,000
    • Deadline
      March
    • Competitive?
      Yes
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit, RPC
    • Project Categories
      Economic Development, Housing, Placemaking, Planning, Transportation
  • Adaptive Use Bridge Program

    Rehabilitation of historic metal truss bridges for adaptive re-use (bike/ped).
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      VTrans - Vermont Agency of Transportation
    • Local Match Requirement
      20%
    • Award Amount
      None
    • Deadline
      Rolling
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal
    • Project Categories
      Historic Preservation, Transportation
  • Agricultural Energy Loan Program

    This program, administered by VEDA's agricultural loan organization, the Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation (VACC), helps Vermont agriculture- and forest product-based businesses finance qualifying renewable energy generation or energy efficiency improvement projects, and adopt technologies that enhance or support the development and implementation of renewable energy or energy efficiency, or both.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      VEDA - Vermont Economic Development Authority
    • Local Match Requirement
      Varies - see loan terms
    • Award Amount
      No maximum
    • Deadline
      Rolling
    • Competitive?
      Non-competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Business, Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Buildings, Energy, Infrastructure
  • Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Tax Credit

    The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) established the federal Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property Credit, which can be credited towards federal income taxes. Qualified fueling equipment must be installed on or after January 1, 2023, and the census tract in which the property is located must meet one the following requirements:
    • A census tract is not in an urban area; or
    • A population census tract where the poverty rate is at least 20%; or
    • A metropolitan and non-metropolitan area census tract where the median family income is less than 80% of the state median family income level.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      IRS - US Internal Revenue Service
    • Local Match Requirement
      70%
    • Award Amount
      Lesser of 30% of project cost or
      $30,000 if installed prior to 12/31/2022
      $100,000 if installed after 1/1/2023
    • Deadline
      Tax filing deadline
      Credit authorized until 12/31/2032
    • Competitive?
      Non-competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Business, Electric Utility
    • Project Categories
      Buildings, Climate, Energy, Infrastructure, Transportation
  • Animating Infrastructure

    Functional components of infrastructure—such as sidewalks, railings, benches, walls, signs, stairs, and tree grates in the built and/or natural environment—have the potential for artistic enhancement that creates unique places where people want to live, work, visit, and play. Animating Infrastructure Grants support community projects that integrate art with infrastructure improvements. Through this program, the Council strives to demonstrate the positive impact of art in helping communities meet goals of livability, walkability, safety, economic vitality, and community vibrancy, and to support the creation of unique infrastructure projects where function and art are one and the same. The Council’s definition of infrastructure is broad. It includes community facilities and services such as buildings, trails, water or sewer systems, roads, power systems, parks, and more.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      Vermont Arts Council
    • Local Match Requirement
      None
    • Award Amount
      Planning / Design - $1,000 - $5,000 Implementation - $1,000 - $15,000
    • Deadline
      June
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Art, Economic Development, Infrastructure, Placemaking
  • Aquatic Nuisance Control Grants

    Financial assistance to municipalities and agencies of the state for aquatic invasive and nuisance species management programs.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      ANR - Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
    • Local Match Requirement
      25% - cash or -in-kind
    • Award Amount
      Varies - $450,00 total in 2022
    • Deadline
      June
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal
    • Project Categories
      Conservation, Water Quality
  • AVCC Tiny Grants

    The Association of Vermont Conservation Commissions (AVCC) provides small grants to its members to assist local committees/groups to become Conservation Commissions, increase the functioning capacity of existing Conservation Commissions, and provide seed money and/or matching funds for specific projects in the broad categories of land conservation, education and outreach, stewardship and management, and planning.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      AVCC - Association of Vermont Conservation Commissions
    • Local Match Requirement
      Existing AVCC Members - NoneMembership - $50 organizational, $20 individual
    • Award Amount
      $250 - $600
    • Deadline
      March / April
    • Competitive?
      Yes
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Conservation, Planning, Water Quality
  • Barn Preservation Grants

    Rehabilitate the historic agricultural buildings that are a symbol of Vermont's rural landscape.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      ACCD - Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development
    • Local Match Requirement
      50%
    • Award Amount
      Min - $1,000 Max - $20,000
    • Deadline
      December
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Business, Municipal, Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Agriculture, Buildings, Economic Development, Historic Preservation, Placemaking
  • Better Connections Program

    Grants for planning that align land use planning and community revitalization with transportation investments. Chittenden County municipalities are NOT eligible for this program - instead, please contact us about a UPWP application for this type of project.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      ACCD - Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, VTrans - Vermont Agency of Transportation
    • Local Match Requirement
      10% minimum - cash
    • Award Amount
      Max - $67,500
      Min - $35,000
    • Deadline
      January / February
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal
    • Project Categories
      Economic Development, Infrastructure, Planning, Transportation
  • Better Places Grant

    Better Places is a non-competitive, community matching grant program empowering Vermonters to create inclusive and vibrant public places. The program provides one-on-one project coaching, local fundraising support (crowdfunding), and matching grants to make your community-led placemaking ideas happen. Projects must be located in, connected to, or in direct safe walking distance to a state-designated downtowns, village centers, new town centers, or neighborhood development areas.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      ACCD - Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development
    • Local Match Requirement
      2:1 grant:match
    • Award Amount
      $5,000-$40,000
    • Deadline
      Rolling while funding lasts
    • Competitive?
      Non-competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Art, Engagement, Infrastructure, Placemaking, Planning, Transportation
  • Better Roads Program

    The Vermont Better Roads Program provides technical support and grant funding to municipalities to promote the use of erosion control and maintenance techniques that save money while protecting and enhancing water quality around the State.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      VTrans - Vermont Agency of Transportation
    • Local Match Requirement
      20%
    • Award Amount
      Varies by category from $8,000 to $60,000
    • Deadline
      December
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal
    • Project Categories
      Infrastructure, Transportation, Water Quality
  • Bicycle and Pedestrian Program

    State matching grants for the scoping, design, and construction of bike and pedestrian facilities, sidewalks, bicycle lanes, crosswalks, shared-use paths, and lighting.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      VTrans - Vermont Agency of Transportation
    • Local Match Requirement
      20% - scoping,
      50% - state-funded small scale construction,
      20% - construction
    • Award Amount
      No min or max
    • Deadline
      July
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal
    • Project Categories
      Economic Development, Infrastructure, Placemaking, Transportation
  • Broadband Expansion Loan Program

    Loans may be made for startup broadband projects and expansion of existing broadband networks. Eligible project costs include working capital, construction, and infrastructure / installation.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      VEDA - Vermont Economic Development Authority
    • Local Match Requirement
      10% minimum
    • Award Amount
      Max - $4 million
    • Deadline
      Rolling
    • Competitive?
      Non-competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Business, Municipal, Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Broadband and Telecommunications, Economic Development, Infrastructure
  • Brownfields Revitalization Fund

    The BRF offers grants and loans for the remediation and productive reuse of sites that are currently abandoned or not fully utilized due to contamination. Funding from both federal and state sources is available to private developers, non-profits, and municipalities. Details can be found on the program webpage in addition to 10 V.S.A. § 6654.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      ACCD - Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development
    • Local Match Requirement
      10%
    • Award Amount
      Assessment - $50,000 grants, $250,000 loans
      Remediation - $200,000 grants, no cap for loans
    • Deadline
      Rolling
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Business, Municipal, Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Brownfields, Buildings, Economic Development, Housing, Infrastructure
  • Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund Grants

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Grants provide funding for a grant recipient to capitalize a revolving loan fund and to provide loans and subgrants to carry out cleanup activities at brownfield sites. Through these grants, EPA strengthens the marketplace and encourages stakeholders to leverage resources to clean up and redevelop brownfields. When loans are repaid, the loan amount is returned to the fund and re-lent to other borrowers, providing an ongoing source of capital within a community. The performance period for an RLF grant is 5 years.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      EPA - US Environmental Protection Agency
    • Local Match Requirement
      20%
    • Award Amount
      Up to $1 million
    • Deadline
      November / December
    • Competitive?
      Yes
    • Eligible Organizations
      EDD - Economic Development District, Municipal, Non-profit, RPC, State
    • Project Categories
      Brownfields, Buildings, Economic Development, Historic Preservation, Public Health, Water Quality
  • BUILD (Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development)

    Competitive basis for surface transportation infrastructure projects that will have a significant local or regional impact.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      USDOT - US Department of Transportation
    • Local Match Requirement
      20%
    • Award Amount
      Min - $5 million ($1 million in rural areas)
      Max - $25 million
    • Deadline
      February
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, State
    • Project Categories
      Transportation
  • Build to Scale Program

    US Economic Development Administration awards grants through the Build to Scale Program for activities designed to develop and support regional technology-based economic development initiatives that accelerate high quality job growth, create more economic opportunities, and support the future of the next generation of industry leading companies. Eligible organizations may be operating initiatives to unlock investment capital across a region or sector, operating programs to accelerate company growth, empowering the next generation of entrepreneurs, and/or enabling technology commercialization. There are two separate competitions: (1) the Venture Challenge and (2) the Capital Challenge.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      EDA - US Economic Development Administration
    • Local Match Requirement
      50%
    • Award Amount
      Max - $1.5 million
    • Deadline
      June
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Business, Municipal, Non-profit, RPC, State
    • Project Categories
      Economic Development
  • Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Grant Program

    The Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) grant program is an annual FEMA funding program for hazard mitigation. BRIC will support states, local communities, tribes and territories, as they undertake hazard mitigation projects to reduce the risk from natural hazards. The program generally funds analysis of alternatives, design, budget, scoping and benefit-cost analysis projects. BRIC is a new FEMA pre-disaster hazard mitigation program that will replace the Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency, VEM - Vermont Emergency Management
    • Local Match Requirement
      10% to 25%
    • Award Amount
      $2 million total for Vermont
      $1 million total for planning
    • Deadline
      December / January
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit, RPC
    • Project Categories
      Climate, Emergency Management, Infrastructure, Planning, Water Quality
  • Burlington Electric Vehicle Charger Rebate

    Burlington Electric Department (BED) offers rebates and incentives for installation of electric vehicle (EV) charging equipment at homes and businesses in the City of Burlington.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      BED - Burlington Electric Department
    • Local Match Requirement
      Varies
    • Award Amount
      Single-unit homes: $900
      Multi-unit homes: $1,200 for smart charger; $1,000 standard (plus bonuses)
      Workplaces: Lesser of $2,000 or 75% of cost
    • Deadline
      Rolling
    • Competitive?
      Non-competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Business, Municipal, Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Buildings, Climate, Economic Development, Energy, Housing, Infrastructure, Transportation
  • Bus & Bus Facilities / Low or No Emission Vehicle Program

    The Federal Transit Administration provides two programs for purchase, lease, replacement, and rehabilitation of transit buses, including technological changes or innovations to modify low or no emission vehicles or facilities. The Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Competitive Program makes federal resources available to states and direct recipients to replace, rehabilitate and purchase buses and related equipment and to construct bus-related facilities. The Low or No Emission competitive program provides funding to state and local governmental authorities for the purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses as well as acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities. Applicants may submit to both programs for a low or no emissions project.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      USDOT - US Department of Transportation
    • Local Match Requirement
      Vehicles: 10%; Equipment / Facilities: 15%
    • Award Amount
      No minimum or maximum
    • Deadline
      April
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, RPC, State
    • Project Categories
      Buildings, Energy, Transportation
  • Caring For Canopies Grants

    The Vermont Urban and Community Forestry (VT UCF) Program's Communities Caring for Canopy grants provide seed funding to help communities develop and sustain community-wide programs for trees and forests in public places and right-of-ways. These grants allow for multiple program components (e.g., tree planting, tree maintenance, tree inventory, plan development, emerald ash borer or other pest preparedness, public outreach, staff training, and program development) to be merged into one grant application.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      VT UCF - Vermont Urban and Community Forestry
    • Local Match Requirement
      1:1 cost share (including in-kind)
    • Award Amount
      $5,000 - $20,000 reimbursement
    • Deadline
      January
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Conservation, Placemaking, Planning, Water Quality
  • CCRPC Unified Planning Work Program

    The Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) is the CCRPC’s annual (July 1 through June 30) work program which summarizes the planning activities and projects funded by and through the CCRPC with federal, state, and local funding. Every year, the CCRPC is soliciting proposals from municipalities and other partner organizations on transportation, land use, water quality, and other panning projects that are in support of the regional ECOS and local plans. The selected projects/initiatives together with other planning activities form the CCRPC's annual work program.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      CCRPC - Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission
    • Local Match Requirement
      Varies
    • Award Amount
      N/A
    • Deadline
      January
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal
    • Project Categories
      Planning, Transportation, Water Quality
  • Certified Local Government Program Grants

    To help local governments integrate historic preservation concerns with planning and decision making processes.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      ACCD - Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development
    • Local Match Requirement
      40% to 50%
    • Award Amount
      Min - $500
      Max - $25,000
    • Deadline
      December
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal
    • Project Categories
      Buildings, Engagement, Historic Preservation, Housing, Infrastructure, Planning
  • Charging & Fueling Infrastructure Discretionary Grant

    The Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Discretionary Grant Program (CFI Program) supports strategic deployment of publicly accessible electric vehicle charging and alternative fueling infrastructure, particularly in underserved and disadvantaged communities. CFI Program investments will make modern and sustainable infrastructure accessible to all drivers of electric, hydrogen, propane, and natural gas vehicles. This program provides two funding categories of grants: (1) Community Charging and Fueling Grants (Community Program); and (2) Alternative Fuel Corridor Grants (Corridor Program).
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      USDOT - US Department of Transportation
    • Local Match Requirement
      20%
    • Award Amount
      Community Program: minimum $500,000, maximum $15 million
      Corridor Program: minimum $1 million (no maximum)
    • Deadline
      May
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, RPC, State
    • Project Categories
      Energy, Infrastructure, Transportation
  • Chittenden County RPC Brownfields Program

    The goal of the Chittenden County Brownfields Program is to help properties that are vacant or underutilized because of potential petroleum or hazardous substance contamination get put to productive use again. Funds can pay for Phase I ESA, Phase II ESA, Corrective Action Planning, and cleanup.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      CCRPC - Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission
    • Local Match Requirement
      Phase 1 assessments: up to $4,000-5,000; Other assessments: up to $40,000
    • Award Amount
      For-profit: 50-80%; Non-profit / municipal: 80-100%
    • Deadline
      Rolling
    • Competitive?
      Non-competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Business, Municipal, Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Brownfields, Buildings, Economic Development, Housing, Infrastructure
  • Clean Energy to Communities Program

    The C2C program is a technical assistance grant that connects local governments, tribes, electric utilities, and community-based organizations with national laboratory experts and customized, cutting-edge analysis to achieve clean energy systems that are reflective of local and regional priorities. By bringing together innovative technology, state-of-the-art modeling, and unique abilities to test clean energy plans before installing them in the field, C2C can help close the gap between clean energy ambitions and real-world deployment.  
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      DOE - US Department of Energy
    • Local Match Requirement
      None
    • Award Amount
      In-depth partnerships: 3 years
      Peer-learning cohorts: approximately 6 months
      Expert match: 40-60 hours
    • Deadline
      Rolling
    • Competitive?
      Non-competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Electric Utility, Municipal, Non-profit, RPC
    • Project Categories
      Energy, Engagement, Infrastructure, Planning, Transportation
  • Clean Water and Healthy Ecosystems Planning and Implementation Projects

    These grants support water quality and ecological health in the Lake Champlain Basin. Projects are awarded in one of several categories: Clean Water (including Planning & Implementation) and Healthy Ecosystems (including Habitat and Native Species Conservation, Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention, and Aquatic Organism Passage).
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      LCBP - Lake Champlain Basin Program
    • Local Match Requirement
      Not required but beneficial
    • Award Amount
      Varies by type - $20,000 - $175,000
    • Deadline
      Clean Water: October
      Healthy Ecosystems: November
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit, RPC
    • Project Categories
      Climate, Conservation, Planning, Water Quality
  • Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund

    Vermont's CWSRF Program provides funding for Vermont's Clean Water projects in the form of low interest loans to municipalities and private entities for eligible projects, including the planning, design, and construction of municipal wastewater and stormwater systems.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      ANR - Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
    • Local Match Requirement
      N/A
    • Award Amount
      Varies
    • Deadline
      Planning: Rolling
      Construction: March
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal
    • Project Categories
      Infrastructure, Planning, Water and Wastewater, Water Quality
  • Climate Catalysts Innovation Fund: Small Grants for Innovative Local Climate and Energy Projects

    The Vermont Council on Rural Development, in collaboration with the Vermont Low Income Trust for Electricity (VLITE) and Vermont State Employees Credit Union (VSECU) invites applications for small grants to support local innovators developing solutions that move Vermont closer to its climate and energy goals. The Climate Catalysts Innovation Fund has supported community projects that have installed new draft-stopping window inserts, solar parking lot streetlights, e-bikes at local libraries, an EV police cruiser, construction of a public regenerative “food forest,” energy audit incentives for local businesses, and more.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      VCRD - Vermont Council on Rural Development
    • Local Match Requirement
      None
    • Award Amount
      Minimum - $500
      Maximum - $4000
    • Deadline
      September
    • Competitive?
      Yes
    • Eligible Organizations
      Business, Municipal, Non-profit, RPC
    • Project Categories
      Buildings, Energy, Housing, Infrastructure, Planning, Transportation
  • Climate Economy Resilient Communities

    VCRD’s Resilient Communities Program supports three to five communities each year working on local climate action solutions that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, lower energy use, increase climate resilience, and/or strengthen the local climate economy. Services are adaptable based on the community’s needs and can include support with community engagement processes, strategic planning, technical assistance, and/or project implementation.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      VCRD - Vermont Council on Rural Development
    • Local Match Requirement
      In-kind only
    • Award Amount
      12 months of technical assistance
    • Deadline
      January
    • Competitive?
      Non-competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Climate, Economic Development, Energy, Planning
  • Climate Pollution Reduction Implementation Grants

    The Climate Pollution Reduction Grants (CPRG) program will provide grants to develop and implement plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful air pollution enabled through Section 60114 of the Inflation Reduction Act. The CPRG program will be designed to provide flexible support to states, tribes and local governments regardless of where they are in their climate planning and implementation process. For example, projects could further goals and policies for clean energy, energy efficiency, and more. This two-staged grant program provides funding of $250 million for noncompetitive planning grants, and $4.6 billion for competitive implementation grants.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      EPA - US Environmental Protection Agency
    • Local Match Requirement
      TBA
    • Award Amount
      TBA
    • Deadline
      TBA - late 2023
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, State
    • Project Categories
      Climate, Energy, Planning, Transportation
  • Climate Pollution Reduction Planning Grants

    The Climate Pollution Reduction Grants (CPRG) program will provide grants to develop and implement plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful air pollution enabled through Section 60114 of the Inflation Reduction Act. The CPRG program will be designed to provide flexible support to states, tribes and local governments regardless of where they are in their climate planning and implementation process. For example, projects could further goals and policies for clean energy, energy efficiency, and more. This two-staged grant program provides funding of $250 million for noncompetitive planning grants, and $4.6 billion for competitive implementation grants.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      EPA - US Environmental Protection Agency
    • Local Match Requirement
      None (cooperative agreement)
    • Award Amount
      Each state, District of Columbia, & Puerto Rico: $3 million
      Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs): $1 million to 67 most populous
      Territories: $500,000
      Tribes: $25 million set-aside
    • Deadline
      Notice of Intent to Participate: 3/31/23 for states, 4/28/23 for MSAs
      Application: 3/28/23 for states, 5/31/23 for MSAs
    • Competitive?
      Non-competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, State
    • Project Categories
      Climate, Energy, Planning, Transportation
  • Climate Resilience Regional Challenge

    The focus of this grant program is on collaborative approaches to achieving resilience in coastal regions to extreme weather (e.g., hurricanes and storm surge) and other impacts of climate change, including sea level rise and drought. Proposed projects should address risk reduction, regional collaboration, and equity, and build enduring capacity for adaptation. There are two tracks: (1) Regional Collaboration Building and Strategy Development, and (2) Implementation of Resilience and Adaptation Actions.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    • Local Match Requirement
      Not required but encouraged
    • Award Amount
      Track 1: $0.5-$2 million over 3-5 years; Track 2: $15-$75 million over 5 years
    • Deadline
      August
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Non-profit, RPC, State
    • Project Categories
      Climate, Emergency Management, Engagement, Equity and Social Justice, Infrastructure, Planning, Public Safety, Water Quality
  • Commercial Energy Loan Program

    This program helps Vermont businesses finance qualifying renewable energy generation and energy efficiency improvement projects. VEDA may either make its own direct loan or purchase a portion of another Financial Institution's loan. Use of proceeds must directly relate to a project for renewable energy generation and/or energy efficiency improvements and/or energy technology.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      VEDA - Vermont Economic Development Authority
    • Local Match Requirement
      10% to 40%
    • Award Amount
      Max - $6 million
    • Deadline
      Rolling
    • Competitive?
      Non-competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Business, Municipal, Non-profit, RPC
    • Project Categories
      Buildings, Energy, Infrastructure
  • Communities LEAP

    The DOE Communities LEAP (Local Energy Action Program) aims to facilitate sustained community-wide economic and environmental benefits primarily through DOE’s clean energy deployment work. This opportunity is specifically open to low-income, energy-burdened communities that are also experiencing either direct environmental justice impacts, or direct economic impacts from a shift away from historical reliance on fossil fuels. Under Communities LEAP, DOE matches selected communities with technical assistance providers who assist them with bringing their clean energy planning and economic development vision to life.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      DOE - US Department of Energy
    • Local Match Requirement
      None
    • Award Amount
      Technical assistance and up to $50,000 to implement
    • Deadline
      December
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit, RPC
    • Project Categories
      Climate, Economic Development, Energy, Equity and Social Justice, Infrastructure
  • Communities with Disadvantages Liaison Grant Program

    This grant program aims to support efforts to engage, develop, or continue to strengthen relationships with Communities with Disadvantages in the Lake Champlain Basin. Successful projects will engage Communities with Disadvantages in discussions, planning, or implementation efforts to identify and address water quality, habitat, recreation, or access concerns in the Lake Champlain watershed. This grant opportunity will support direct engagement over multiple years to build relationships with Communities with Disadvantages to identify and elevate the needs and concerns of communities that face barriers to accessing or participating in water quality improvement programs and processes.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      LCBP - Lake Champlain Basin Program
    • Local Match Requirement
      None required
    • Award Amount
      Up to $150,000
    • Deadline
      April 11, 2024
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Business, Non-profit, School
    • Project Categories
      Engagement, Equity and Social Justice, Recreation, Water Quality
  • Community Compass Technical Assistance and Capacity Building Program

    As HUD’s integrated technical assistance (TA) and capacity building initiative, Community Compass helps HUD’s customers navigate complex housing and community development challenges by equipping them with the knowledge, skills, tools, capacity, and systems to successfully and sustainably implement HUD programs and policies and provide effective administrative and managerial oversight of HUD funding. Successful applicants will become TA Providers for HUD grantees and subgrantees and can receive TA assignments from HUD to support specific projects such as conducting needs assessments, holding financial management trainings, or assisting with the creation of a strategic plan.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      HUD - US Department of Housing and Urban Development
    • Local Match Requirement
      N/A (Cooperative Agreement)
    • Award Amount
      Minimum: $100,000 per project year
      Maximum: $40,000,000 per project year
    • Deadline
      March
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Business, Municipal, Non-profit, RPC, State
    • Project Categories
      Engagement, Equity and Social Justice, Housing, Planning
  • Community Connect Grants

    This program helps fund broadband deployment into rural communities (which lack existing broadband speed of 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream) where it is not yet economically viable for private sector providers to deliver service.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      USDA-RD - US Department of Agriculture Rural Development
    • Local Match Requirement
      15%
    • Award Amount
      $100,000 - $5 million
    • Deadline
      February
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Business, Municipal, Non-profit, State
    • Project Categories
      Broadband and Telecommunications, Economic Development, Infrastructure
  • Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program

    This program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas with fewer than 20,000 residents. An essential community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area, and does not include private, commercial or business undertakings. This may include health care, government buildings, community centers, transitional housing, public safety facilities and equipment, educational services, telecommunications, food pantries, and more.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      USDA-RD - US Department of Agriculture Rural Development
    • Local Match Requirement
      25% to 85% for grants
      Loan rates and fees vary
    • Award Amount
      Varies
    • Deadline
      National Pool - April
      State Pool - December
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit, RPC, State
    • Project Categories
      Buildings, Economic Development, Emergency Management, Housing, Infrastructure, Other, Public Health
  • Community Facilities Loan Guarantee Program

    This program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas with fewer than 50,000 residents. An essential community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area, and does not include private, commercial or business undertakings. This may include health care, government buildings, community centers, transitional housing, public safety facilities and equipment, educational services, telecommunications, food pantries, and more.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      USDA-RD - US Department of Agriculture Rural Development
    • Local Match Requirement
      Loan rates and fees vary
    • Award Amount
      $100 million
    • Deadline
      Rolling
    • Competitive?
      Non-competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Buildings, Economic Development, Emergency Management, Housing, Infrastructure, Other, Public Health
  • Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant

    Provides associations Technical Assistance and/or training with respect to essential community facilities programs.  The Technical Assistance and/or training will assist communities, Indian Tribes, and Nonprofit Corporations to identify and plan for community facility needs that exist in their area.  Once those needs have been identified, the Grantee can assist in identifying public and private resources to finance those identified community facility needs. Rural areas including cities, villages, townships, towns and Federally recognized Tribal Lands outside the boundaries of a city of 20,000 or more.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      USDA-RD - US Department of Agriculture Rural Development
    • Local Match Requirement
      None. At least 20% minimum to be competitive.
    • Award Amount
      Max - $150,000
    • Deadline
      June
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit, RPC, State
    • Project Categories
      Buildings, Economic Development, Emergency Management, Housing, Infrastructure, Other, Planning, Public Health
  • Community Partnership for Neighborhood Development

    The Community Partnership for Neighborhood Development Program is a competitive grant reimbursement program available to Vermont municipalities and non-profit organizations. The Program supports investments in the development of inclusive, smart-growth neighborhoods by funding municipal planning, site control, design, scoping, and surveying for the development of a pilot neighborhood. The Program aims to pair targeted and coordinated investments with planning support to make transformative projects possible.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      ACCD - Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development
    • Local Match Requirement
      None (reimbursement)
    • Award Amount
      $100,000 - $500,000
    • Deadline
      Rolling with quarterly reviews (September 1, December 1, March 1, May 31)
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Economic Development, Housing, Infrastructure, Planning, Water and Wastewater
  • Community Recovery and Revitalization Program

    The Community Recovery and Revitalization Program (CRRP) will provide recovery funding for projects that spur economic recovery and revitalization to mitigate the negative economic impacts of COVID-19 in communities across the state. Eligible uses include expansion of businesses in qualified census tracts; capital improvements to childcare facilities; capital improvements or safe reopening measures for defined impacted industries (agriculture, education, arts and recreation, accommodation and food service); affordable housing; and municipal water, wastewater, or stormwater infrastructure that supports housing.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      ACCD - Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development
    • Local Match Requirement
      80%
    • Award Amount
      Max - $1 million
    • Deadline
      Priority Application (BIPOC & non-MSA areas) - December 29, 2022
      Others - until all funds are allocated
    • Competitive?
      Yes
    • Eligible Organizations
      Business, Municipal, Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Buildings, Economic Development, Housing, Infrastructure, Water and Wastewater, Water Quality
  • Community Tree Planting Grant

    The Vermont Community Tree Planting Grants support tree planting projects in urban areas across the state that will enhance urban tree canopy, improve water quality, boost public health, and increase equitable access to the many benefits of trees. Funding is prioritized for first-time recipients of financial assistance from the Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program, as well as for projects located in designated centers, in census tracts ranking high on the Vermont Social Vulnerability Index, and municipalities ranking as high-need and l0w-capacity on the Vermont Community Index. Technical support is available to applicants and awardees in developing planting plans and managing projects. In addition, regional planning commissions may act as fiscal agent and grant administrator on behalf of one or more of their municipalities.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      VT UCF - Vermont Urban and Community Forestry
    • Local Match Requirement
      None
    • Award Amount
      $5,000-$75,000
    • Deadline
      Round 1: May 17, 2024; Round 2: January 17, 2024
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit, RPC, School
    • Project Categories
      Conservation, Equity and Social Justice, Placemaking, Public Health, Recreation, Water Quality
  • Community Wood Grant Program

    The Community Wood Grant Program, launched in 2020, provides funding for grants to install thermally led community wood energy systems or to build innovative wood product manufacturing facilities, which will improve forest health and stimulate local economies. The Forest Service expects renewable wood energy systems installed under this program to use the most stringent control technologies. The program places extra emphasis on assisting sawmills in economically challenged areas to retool or add advanced technology.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      USFS - United States Forest Service
    • Local Match Requirement
      65% leveraging
    • Award Amount
      $1 million maximum
    • Deadline
      December
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Business, Non-profit, State
    • Project Categories
      Buildings, Conservation, Economic Development, Energy
  • Cultural Facilities Grant Program

    For community facilities used to provide cultural activities to the public and to enhance or expand the capacity of an existing building to provide cultural programming.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      BGS - Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services, Vermont Arts Council
    • Local Match Requirement
      50% (at least 50% of which must be cash)
    • Award Amount
      Min -$1,000 Max- $30,000
    • Deadline
      May
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Accessibility, Art, Buildings, Economic Development, Emergency Management, Historic Preservation, Infrastructure, Placemaking
  • CWIP Dam Removal Design / Implementation Grant

    A part of the Vermont Clean Water Initiative Program (CWIP), this grant supports design and implementation of selected priority water quality Dam Removal projects from the DEC Watershed Projects Database to achieve measurable improvements to Vermont's water quality by reducing nutrient and sediment pollution. Secondary benefits (aquatic organism passage, aquatic and terrestrial habitat restoration, improved flood resilience, recreation benefits, etc.) may be included to increase project competitiveness.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      ANR - Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, WUV - Watersheds United Vermont
    • Local Match Requirement
      None
    • Award Amount
      $850,000 total grant pool
    • Deadline
      March
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit, RPC
    • Project Categories
      Conservation, Emergency Management, Infrastructure, Planning, Water Quality
  • CWIP Enhancement Design and Implementation Grant

    A part of the Vermont Clean Water Initiative Program (CWIP), the EDDIG grant supports the development, design, and implementation of priority water quality projects. The projects' primary purpose must be to reduce sediment and nutrient pollution from runoff and soil erosion that discharge into the State’s rivers, streams, lakes, ponds and wetlands. While any eligible entity can apply to any sub-grantee, it is recommended that watershed groups apply to Watersheds United Vermont, municipalities apply to the Mount Ascutney Regional Commission, and conservation districts apply to the Vermont Natural Resources Conservation Council. Projects fall into two categories: 1. stormwater projects (specifically those not on state-identified 3-acre sites) and 2. natural resources projects (including restoration of lakeshore, rivers / floodplains / streams, wetlands, and watershed forestry). Funds can be used for preliminary and final engineering design.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      ANR - Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, VACD - Vermont Association of Conservation Districts, WUV - Watersheds United Vermont
    • Local Match Requirement
      50% in MS4 communities, No match required elsewhere
    • Award Amount
      Varies
    • Deadline
      October
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Conservation, Infrastructure, Water Quality
  • CWIP MS4 Community Formula Grant

    The Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Community Formula Grant, a part of the Vermont Clean Water Initiative Program (CWIP), assists MS4 communities with MS4 permit compliance to reduce the adverse impacts to water quality of a discharge or stormwater runoff. Grant recipients must use the grant to design and/or implement eligible stormwater management practices to help with MS4 community make progress towards phosphorus reducted targets assigned within their Phosphorus Control Plans.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      ANR - Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
    • Local Match Requirement
      50%
    • Award Amount
      Varies
    • Deadline
      Spring
    • Competitive?
      Non-competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal
    • Project Categories
      Infrastructure, Transportation, Water Quality
  • CWIP Project Development Grant

    A part of the Vermont Clean Water Initiative Program (CWIP), this grant supports development of water quality improvement projects. Funds should be used for getting landowners, municipalities and other partners “on board” with projects to improve water quality and to move projects towards design and implementation. Applications may be submitted for general project scoping of a set of projects, or for development of specific projects that require coordination between the landowner and other partners.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      ANR - Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, WUV - Watersheds United Vermont
    • Local Match Requirement
      None
    • Award Amount
      General scoping: $500 - $2,000Specific projects: appx. $15,000 max
    • Deadline
      Varies
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Conservation, Planning, Water Quality
  • Diesel Emissions Reduction Assistance

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awards grants under the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) to assist States in their efforts to develop diesel emissions reduction programs. The Vermont Diesel Emissions Reduction Financial Assistance Program was developed to provide technical assistance and incentive funding for projects that reduce diesel emissions from engines, vehicles, and equipment in Vermont with the goals of reducing public exposure to emissions from diesel-powered engines and the associated risks to public health and the environment. The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) periodically solicits applications from potential project partners for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions from diesel powered engines, vehicles and equipment operating in Vermont.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      ANR - Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, EPA - US Environmental Protection Agency
    • Local Match Requirement
      Varies
    • Award Amount
      Varies
    • Deadline
      December
    • Competitive?
      Yes
    • Eligible Organizations
      Business, Municipal, Non-profit, RPC, State
    • Project Categories
      Energy, Transportation
  • Direct Loan Program

    This program helps businesses to finance fixed assets such as purchase of land, buildings (including renovations), machinery, equipment, furniture, and fixtures. It is utilized in conjunction with bank financing. Projects must demonstrate creation or retention of employment for Vermonters or import of capital to Vermont.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      VEDA - Vermont Economic Development Authority
    • Local Match Requirement
      10%
    • Award Amount
      Up to $5 million ($6 million for energy-related projects)
      capped at 40% of project cost
    • Deadline
      Rolling
    • Competitive?
      Non-competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Business
    • Project Categories
      Buildings, Economic Development, Energy, Infrastructure
  • Disabled Access Tax Credit

    The Disabled Access Credit provides a non-refundable credit for small businesses (less than $1 mil earnings and 30 or fewer full-time employees) that incur expenditures for the purpose of providing access to persons with disabilities. Tax credit of 50% of eligible access expenditures (architectural adaptations, equipment purchase and services like sign language interpreters) that exceed $250 but do not exceed $10,000.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      IRS - US Internal Revenue Service
    • Local Match Requirement
      50%
    • Award Amount
      Min - $250
      Max - $10,000
    • Deadline
      Due with business tax return
    • Competitive?
      Non-competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Business
    • Project Categories
      Accessibility, Buildings, Economic Development, Equity and Social Justice
  • Disaster Public Assistance

    The FEMA Public Assistance (PA) Program (administered by Vermont Emergency Management) provides federal disaster assistance to state and local government organizations for debris removal, emergency protective measures and the permanent restoration or replacement of public facilities that are owned and operated by an eligible Applicant. Funds must be associated with a major disaster declaration by the U.S. President.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency, VEM - Vermont Emergency Management
    • Local Match Requirement
      Varies
    • Award Amount
      Varies
    • Deadline
      Varies
    • Competitive?
      Non-competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Buildings, Emergency Management, Infrastructure, Public Safety, Transportation
  • Disaster Supplemental Funding

    This opportunity within the Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) program awards investments in regions experiencing severe economic distress or other economic harm resulting from natural disasters occurring in calendar years 2021 and 2022, including hurricanes, wildfires, flooding, etc. The EAA program is intended to be flexible and responsive to the economic development needs and priorities of local and regional stakeholders, including those seeking assistance recovering from Federally declared disasters.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      EDA - US Economic Development Administration
    • Local Match Requirement
      Varies, typically 20%
    • Award Amount
      No maximum within regional allocation
    • Deadline
      Rolling
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      EDD - Economic Development District, Municipal, Non-profit, RPC, State
    • Project Categories
      Broadband and Telecommunications, Climate, Economic Development, Emergency Management, Infrastructure, Planning
  • Designated Center Tax Credits

    This program helps to stimulate private investment, create jobs, and support the creation and improvement of rental housing. Tax credits can restore buildings and jump start revitalization in Vermont communities. Successful projects range from modest renovations in small centers to multimillion-dollar downtown redevelopments for both income-producing and non-profit properties. Projects must be within a Designated Downtown, Village Center, or Neighborhood Development Area. Credits support qualified historic rehabilitation and exterior façade improvements for structures at least 30 years old, as well as code compliance work and flood mitigation upgrades.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      ACCD - Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development
    • Local Match Requirement
      50% to 90% of eligible expenditures
    • Award Amount
      10% to 50% of eligible expendituresMinimum $5,000Maximum varies
    • Deadline
      July
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Business, Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Buildings, Economic Development, Emergency Management, Historic Preservation, Housing, Infrastructure
  • Downtown Sales Tax Reallocation Program

    Municipalities and the developer of a qualified project jointly apply for a reallocation of sales taxes on construction materials to fund related projects within the same designated downtown. Eligible uses include expansion or rehabilitation of contiguous real property, or to fund municipal projects that support qualified projects.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      ACCD - Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development
    • Local Match Requirement
      N/A
    • Award Amount
      Varies by size of municipality and project
      Cap of $3 million combined with Downtown and Village Center Tax Credits
    • Deadline
      July 1
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Business, Municipal, Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Buildings, Economic Development, Historic Preservation, Housing, Infrastructure, Placemaking, Transportation, Water and Wastewater, Water Quality
  • Downtown Transportation Fund

    To finance transportation-related capital improvements in support of economic development, within or serving a state designated downtown or village center to support safe, multi-modal, and resilient transportation systems. Projects include construction or alteration of roads and highways, parking facilities, pedestrian and streetscape improvement, rail or bus facilities or equipment, and underground relocation of electric utility, cable and telecommunications lines. Village centers must have participated in the Better Connections Program or have completed comparable comprehensive planning.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      ACCD - Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development
    • Local Match Requirement
      20%
    • Award Amount
      Max - $200,000
    • Deadline
      February
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal
    • Project Categories
      Broadband and Telecommunications, Brownfields, Historic Preservation, Infrastructure, Transportation
  • Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Construction Fund

    This component of the state's water infrastructure financing program is available for bidding, construction, and post-construction activities for public drinking water systems. This may include new drinking water facilities, public community water systems, and private non-profit water systems. Funds are available as a 0% interest loan with a 20-40 year term that may be fully or partially forgiven under certain criteria.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      ANR - Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
    • Local Match Requirement
      N/A - 0% interest loan
      May be forgivable under certain terms
      Administrative fees may apply
    • Award Amount
      No maximum
    • Deadline
      March
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Infrastructure, Water and Wastewater
  • Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Planning Fund

    This component of the state's water infrastructure financing program is available for planning, preliminary design, and final engineering of public drinking water systems. This may include new drinking water facilities, public community water systems, and private non-profit water systems. Funds are available as a 0% interest loan with a 20-40 year term that may be fully or partially forgiven under certain criteria.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      ANR - Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
    • Local Match Requirement
      N/A - 0% interest loan
      May be forgivable under certain terms
      Administrative fees may apply
    • Award Amount
      Max - $250,000 per funding cycle
    • Deadline
      Rolling
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Infrastructure, Planning, Water and Wastewater
  • Drug Free Communities Support Program

    This program provides community-based coalitions with up to 10 years of funding to promote positive youth engagement and address the local conditions that drive youth substance use.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    • Local Match Requirement
      Years 1-6: 100% match (1 : 1)
      Years 7-8: 125% match (1.25 : 1)
      Years 9-10: 150% match (1.5 : 1)
    • Award Amount
      $125,000 per budget period
    • Deadline
      April
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit, RPC, State
    • Project Categories
      Engagement, Equity and Social Justice, Public Health
  • Electric Vehicle Charger Reliability and Accessibility Accelerator

    This program provides funding to repair or replace broken or non-operational EV chargers to improve the reliability of existing EV charging infrastructure. It is the first round of funding from the larger National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program (funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law) and is part of a larger effort to develop a consistent and convenient network of EV chargers throughout the country. To be eligible for funding, charging stations must also be listed as “Temporarily Unavailable” on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC) map by October 11, 2023.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      USDOT - US Department of Transportation
    • Local Match Requirement
      20%
    • Award Amount
      No Maximum (based on number and type of chargers to be repaired / replaced)
    • Deadline
      November
    • Competitive?
      Non-competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, State
    • Project Categories
      Energy, Infrastructure, Transportation
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment – State Contract Pricing

    The State of Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services (BGS) recently completed a bid process for EV charging equipment. Political subdivisions of the State are eligible to access the State’s contract pricing which could help save money and time associated with installing charging equipment.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      BGS - Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services
    • Local Match Requirement
      100%
    • Award Amount
      Up to $500,000
    • Deadline
      Rolling
    • Competitive?
      Non-competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, RPC
    • Project Categories
      Buildings, Climate, Energy, Infrastructure, Transportation
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Grants (DHCD)

    The Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) offers an Electric Vehicle Charging Grant Program. This funding for installation of electric vehicle charging solutions provides provide convenient, reliable, and affordable access specifically for residents of multi-unit housing, workplaces, and public attractions.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      ACCD - Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development
    • Local Match Requirement
      varies 0-10%
    • Award Amount
      varies $500-$160,000
    • Deadline
      January 2026 or until funds are spent
    • Competitive?
      Yes
    • Eligible Organizations
      Business, Municipal, Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Buildings, Energy, Housing, Infrastructure, Transportation
  • Electric Vehicle Incentives – Vermont Electric Cooperative

    Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) offers free electric vehicle (EV) charging equipment for homes and businesses in its service territory, as well as a bill credit for purchase of electric vehicles. VEC also provides incentives for pellet stoves, heat pumps and other electric equipment.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      VEC - Vermont Electric Cooperative
    • Local Match Requirement
      None for EV charger; varies for others
    • Award Amount
      Varies
    • Deadline
      Rolling
    • Competitive?
      Non-competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Business, Municipal, Non-profit, RPC
    • Project Categories
      Buildings, Climate, Energy, Infrastructure, Transportation
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Station Loan Program

    This program provides a loan for purchase and/or installation of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations that are made available for use by the general public.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      VEDA - Vermont Economic Development Authority
    • Local Match Requirement
      1% fixed interest rate
      2% commitment fee
    • Award Amount
      Max - $100,000
    • Deadline
      Rolling
    • Competitive?
      Non-competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Business, Municipal, Non-profit, RPC
    • Project Categories
      Economic Development, Energy, Infrastructure, Transportation
  • Electrify Your Fleet Program

    Electrify Your Fleet is a rebate incentive program for the purchase or lease of plug-in electric vehicles to accelerate the transition away from fossil-fueled vehicles. Funding may be used toward the purchase or lease of many types of electric vehicles, bicycles, etc., as long as the applicant can demonstrate that the vehicle funded has adequately replaced the functions of the retired vehicle it is replacing or the vehicle that would have been purchased otherwise. All vehicles purchased or leased through this incentive program must be held by the applicant for a minimum of twenty-four (24) months and reasonable efforts must be made to resell fleet vehicles incentivized through this agreement to car dealerships participating in the MileageSmart Program, Vermont’s income-eligible incentive program for used vehicles. Forty percent (40%) or $200,000 of the available funds will be available on a first come, first served basis to applicants who are from, or who primarily serve, historically underserved communities (see program webpage for details).
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      VTrans - Vermont Agency of Transportation
    • Local Match Requirement
      Varies
    • Award Amount
      $2,500 - $5,000
    • Deadline
      First-come, first-served
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Business, Municipal, Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Energy, Equity and Social Justice, Transportation
  • Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant – Formula Grant

    The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program assists states, local governments, and Tribes implement strategies to reduce energy use, to reduce fossil fuel emissions, and to improve energy efficiency. There are two tracks: a non-competitive formula grant (see allocation list) available via simple application, and a competitive grant (details TBA).
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      DOE - US Department of Energy
    • Local Match Requirement
      None
    • Award Amount
      Varies - see funding allocations
    • Deadline
      April
    • Competitive?
      Competitive and Non-Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, RPC, State
    • Project Categories
      Buildings, Climate, Energy, Infrastructure, Planning, Transportation
  • Engineering Planning Advance

    Development of engineering feasibility studies for drinking water systems or wastewater solutions. Only municipalities without municipally owned community drinking water or sewer systems.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      ANR - Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
    • Local Match Requirement
      No match for planning.
      Full repayment (100%) due upon construction.
    • Award Amount
      Varies
    • Deadline
      Rolling
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal
    • Project Categories
      Infrastructure, Planning, Water and Wastewater
  • Enhancements of Recreation Stewardship and Access (ERSA) Trail Grants

    ERSA Trail Grants are intended to support non-profit organizations and municipalities around the state as they work to steward and restore their community's trails and improve trail accessibility and access for this generation and the next.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      FPR - Vermont Forests Parks & Recreation
    • Local Match Requirement
      None
    • Award Amount
      $25,000 minimumNo maximum
    • Deadline
      August (letter of intent)November (full application)
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Accessibility, Conservation, Recreation, Transportation
  • Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem Solving Cooperative Agreement

    U.S. EPA’s EJCPS Cooperative Agreement Program provides financial assistance to eligible nonprofit community-based organizations (CBOs) working on or planning to work on projects to address local environmental and/or public health issues in their communities. The program assists recipients in building collaborative partnerships with other stakeholders (e.g., local businesses and industry, local government, medical service providers, academia, etc.) to develop solutions that will significantly address environmental and/or public health issues at the local level. EPA will be giving special consideration to the following focus areas:
    • Projects addressing climate change, disaster resiliency, and/or emergency preparedness
    • Projects located in and/or benefitting rural areas
    • Projects conducting Health Impact Assessments (HIA)
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      EPA - US Environmental Protection Agency
    • Local Match Requirement
      None
    • Award Amount
      $150,000 for small CBOs (<=5 employees)
      $500,000 for large CBOs
    • Deadline
      April
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Buildings, Climate, Emergency Management, Engagement, Equity and Social Justice, Infrastructure, Planning, Public Health, Water Quality
  • Environmental Justice Government-to-Government Program

    Formerly known as the State Environmental Justice Cooperative Agreement program, the EJG2G Program works to support and/or create model state activities that lead to measurable and meaningful environmental or public health results in communities disproportionately burdened by environmental harms and risks. These models should leverage or utilize existing resources or assets of state agencies to develop key tools, processes, and partnershipsthat integrate environmental justice considerations into state governments and government programs. Government organizations must partner with an eligible nonprofit community-based organization (CBO) to apply for funding. EPA will be giving special consideration to the following focus areas:
    • Projects addressing climate change, disaster resiliency, and/or emergency preparedness
    • Projects located in and/or benefitting rural areas
    • Projects conducting Health Impact Assessments (HIA)
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      EPA - US Environmental Protection Agency
    • Local Match Requirement
      None
    • Award Amount
      $1,000,000
    • Deadline
      April
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit, State
    • Project Categories
      Climate, Emergency Management, Engagement, Equity and Social Justice, Infrastructure, Planning, Public Health, Transportation, Water and Wastewater, Water Quality
  • Environmental Justice Small Grant Program

    This grant program is designed to support communities with heightened risk and increased sensitivity to climate change and that have less capacity and fewer resources to cope with, adapt to, or recover from climate impacts. The degree of risk and sensitivity stems from physical (built and environmental), social, political, and/or economic factors, which interact with each other and are exacerbated by climate impacts. These factors include race, class, sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, and income inequality. The program will fund community-driven programs or projects that help local communities adapt to the impacts of Vermont's changing climate and the increase of severe weather events. Projects may represent a wide spectrum of ideas and activities, including arts, community education and skill building, food access, green jobs, projects that reduce risk and harm, multi-generational climate activities, youth leadership, movement building, and more. Funds may be used for salaries, benefits, contracted workers, project materials and equipment, reasonable overhead costs, and similar, necessary project expenses.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      VNRC - Vermont Natural Resources Council
    • Local Match Requirement
      None
    • Award Amount
      Up to $10,000
    • Deadline
      Round 1: November; Round 2: December
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit, School
    • Project Categories
      Climate, Engagement, Equity and Social Justice, Public Health, Public Safety
  • Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Grantmaking Program

    The Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Grantmaking (EJ TCGM) Program will select multiple Grantmakers (pass-through entities) to reduce barriers to the federal grants application process communities face and increase the efficiency of the awards process for environmental justice grants. Grantmakers will design competitive application and submission processes, award environmental justice subgrants, implement a tracking and reporting system, provide resources and support to communities, all in collaboration with EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      EPA - US Environmental Protection Agency
    • Local Match Requirement
      None
    • Award Amount
      Up to $50 million over 3 years ($16.5 million per year)
    • Deadline
      May
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Engagement, Equity and Social Justice, Public Health, Water Quality
  • Farmer Resilience Grants

    NOFA-VT has a pool of funds to distribute directly to farmers as grants to fund projects that will improve longer-term resilience on farms to promote organic practices to build an economically viable, ecologically sound, and socially just Vermont agricultural system that benefits all living things. NOFA-VT is particularly interested in projects that:
    • mitigate against the harmful effects of our changing climate
    • repair harms that have been committed due to the historic and widespread systemic racism embedded in our food system
    • are innovative and will encourage others to adopt new and more promising practices
    • will lead to broader community resilience through enhanced food security, community-based solutions, and connectivity
    Applicants will define how these funds will be used to improve the resilience on their farm, in their community, and/or for their broader community, with a focus on the social, environmental, and economic impact of the project.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      NOFA-VT - Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont
    • Local Match Requirement
      None
    • Award Amount
      $2,500 per farm
      Up to $10,000 for multi-farm applications
    • Deadline
      March
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Business, Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Agriculture, Climate, Conservation, Economic Development, Equity and Social Justice
  • Federal Rehabilitation Investment Tax Credit

    A credit for 20% of a taxpayer's income tax is available for the rehabilitation of historic, income-producing buildings that listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Eligible rehabilitation costs include labor, materials and architects or other consultant fees. Make sure to check the program application fees.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      ACCD - Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development
    • Local Match Requirement
      Application fees apply
    • Award Amount
      20% of eligible expenditures
    • Deadline
      Rolling
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Business, Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Buildings, Economic Development, Historic Preservation, Housing, Infrastructure, Placemaking
  • Flood Mitigation Assistance

    The Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grant program funds states, local communities, and territories to reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings and structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). There are three categories of funding: Capacity and Capability Building, Localized Flood Risk Reduction, and Individual Flood Mitigation Projects (buyouts).
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency, VEM - Vermont Emergency Management
    • Local Match Requirement
      10% to 25%
    • Award Amount
      No maximum
    • Deadline
      January
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, State
    • Project Categories
      Buildings, Climate, Emergency Management, Planning, Water Quality
  • Flood Resilient Communities Fund

    The Flood Resilient Communities Fund (FRCF) was established by the Vermont Legislature under Act 74. It supports landscape improvement, community resilience, and reducing the future public safety and water quality impacts of climate-related flood hazards in Vermont. The voluntary program focusing on buyouts of flood-vulnerable properties prioritizes projects in communities and/or for homeowners with greatest economic need. It also prioritizes projects that mitigate repetitive loss among low-income and marginalized portions of the population.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency, VEM - Vermont Emergency Management
    • Local Match Requirement
      None
    • Award Amount
      No Minimum or maximum
    • Deadline
      Rolling
    • Competitive?
      Yes
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit, State
    • Project Categories
      Climate, Emergency Management, Infrastructure, Planning, Water Quality
  • Forest Economy Program

    The purpose of this program is to support the forest-based economy, and to assist in the industry’s evolution to include new technologies and viable business models across the 4-state Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) region. Whether funded directly or through partnerships, funds will be awarded to support projects in the forest economy, which may include one (or multiple) of the following: 1) community development; 2) workforce (re)training and development; 3) marketing/communication and education; 4) business planning and technical assistance; and 5) public infrastructure.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      NBRC - Northern Border Regional Commission
    • Local Match Requirement
      20-50% depending on economic distress
    • Award Amount
      $1,000,000 maximum
    • Deadline
      March or September
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit, RPC, State
    • Project Categories
      Climate, Conservation, Economic Development, Engagement, Infrastructure, Transportation
  • GMP Workplace Charging Program

    Green Mountain Power (GMP) provides a turnkey package service to install electric vehicle charging equipment for commercial customers within its service area. The program covers the equipment, installation, software, project management, and maintenance of a Level 2 charger with financing available through the Vermont Economic Development Authority EV Charging Station Loan Program.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      GMP - Green Mountain Power
    • Local Match Requirement
      $45 per month per charger
    • Award Amount
      N/A
    • Deadline
      Rolling
    • Competitive?
      Non-competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Business, Municipal, Non-profit, RPC, State
    • Project Categories
      Buildings, Climate, Economic Development, Energy, Infrastructure, Transportation
  • Greening Schools on Arbor Day Grant

    Horsford's Nursery and the Vermont Urban and Community Forestry (VT UCF) Program offer Greening Schools grants for to 10 school campuses in Chittenden and Addison Counties to plant one large shade or ornamental tree to celebrate Vermont Arbor Day (the first Friday in May).
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      VT UCF - Vermont Urban and Community Forestry
    • Local Match Requirement
      None
    • Award Amount
      Estimated value $30 - $600
    • Deadline
      April
    • Competitive?
      Yes
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit, School
    • Project Categories
      Conservation, Placemaking
  • Growing Urban Forests in the Face of Emerald Ash Borer Grants

    The Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program (VT UCF) seeks applicants needing financial assistance for tree planting and reforestation efforts in consideration of the impact of the invasive forest pest emerald ash borer (EAB). This grant program will support: (1) Tree planting in the public right-of-way or in public places such as parks, village greens, and educational campuses,  and (2) Tree planting on private land, provided approved permissions and agreements are in place. With special funds through the US Forest Service’s Sustainable Urban Forest Resilience Program, VT UCF was selected to work with communities to support more resilient urban and community forests, with a focus on Vermont’s state-designated planning areas. This funding is intended for municipalities and applicants that are prepared to plant trees to offset the loss of ash trees due to EAB.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      VT UCF - Vermont Urban and Community Forestry
    • Local Match Requirement
      50%
    • Award Amount
      Minimum - $5,000; Maximum - $50,000
    • Deadline
      January
    • Competitive?
      Yes
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Conservation, Infrastructure, Planning, Water Quality
  • Hazard Mitigation Grant Program

    Provides grants to implement long-term hazard mitigation actions that reduce structure damage or loss of life due to natural disasters. Examples include upsizing culverts, floodproofing buildings and mitigation planning.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency, VEM - Vermont Emergency Management
    • Local Match Requirement
      10% to 25%
    • Award Amount
      No maximum
    • Deadline
      State Deadline - November
      National Deadline - Varies
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit, RPC, State
    • Project Categories
      Climate, Emergency Management, Infrastructure, Planning, Transportation
  • Health Equity and Community Design Technical Assistance

    The Health Equity and Community Design Technical Assistance (TA) Pilot provides additional capacity and resources for communities to develop healthy community design, placemaking plans, and projects that center on equity. The TA also helps prepare communities to apply for DHCDs Better Places placemaking grants.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      ACCD - Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, VDH - VT Department of Health
    • Local Match Requirement
      None
    • Award Amount
      Up to 80 hours of specialized, on-demand technical assistance
    • Deadline
      Rolling
    • Competitive?
      Non-competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Accessibility, Engagement, Equity and Social Justice, Placemaking, Planning, Public Health, Transportation
  • Healthy Communities Grant Program

    The goal of the program is to combine available resources and best identify competitive projects that will achieve measurable environmental and public health improvements in communities across New England. Target investment areas change from year to year, but generally focus on environmental justice, pollution prevention, infrastructure resilience, and sustainability as these relate to public health.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      EPA - US Environmental Protection Agency
    • Local Match Requirement
      5%
    • Award Amount
      Max - $30,000-$40,000
    • Deadline
      May
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit, RPC, State
    • Project Categories
      Buildings, Emergency Management, Energy, Equity and Social Justice, Infrastructure, Planning, Public Health, Water and Wastewater, Water Quality
  • Historic Preservation Grants

    For the repair and restoration of historic buildings listed or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      ACCD - Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development
    • Local Match Requirement
      50%
    • Award Amount
      Min - $1,000
      Max - $20,000
    • Deadline
      First Monday in October
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Business, Municipal, Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Buildings, Economic Development, Historic Preservation, Housing, Placemaking
  • Housing Preservation Grants

    This program provides grants to sponsoring organizations for the repair or rehabilitation of housing owned or occupied by low- and very-low-income rural citizens. Applicants provide grants or low-interest loans to repair or rehabilitate housing for low- and very-low-income homeowners. Rental property owners may also receive assistance if they agree to make units available to low- and very-low-income families. Very-low-income is below 50% of area median income; low-income is 50-80% of area median income.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      USDA-RD - US Department of Agriculture Rural Development
    • Local Match Requirement
      None
    • Award Amount
      None
    • Deadline
      May
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Buildings, Economic Development, Housing
  • Human Services and Educational Facilities

    For shovel-ready capital costs associated with the major maintenance, renovation, and development of facilities used for human services and health care, or educational opportunities.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      BGS - Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services
    • Local Match Requirement
      50%
    • Award Amount
      Min - $1,000 Max - $25,000
    • Deadline
      September
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Buildings, Economic Development, Public Health
  • Inflation Reduction Act Tax Credits and Deductions

    Unique provisions in the federal Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) of 2022 opened federal tax credits and incentives to municipalities and other tax-exempt entities for clean vehicle purchases, clean energy and infrastructure development, and energy efficient building improvements. These incentives can lower the total cost of projects substantially when their requirements are incorporated into the project’s development. The Vermont League of Cities and Towns has provided preliminary information on these tax credits and deductions for Vermont municipalities. There are two ways that municipalities can utilize the credits: Direct Pay (refund) through a form to be provided by the IRS, or Transfer of Credit (or sale) to an eligible taxpayer.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      IRS - US Internal Revenue Service
    • Local Match Requirement
      N/A
    • Award Amount
      Varies
    • Deadline
      TBD
    • Competitive?
      Non-competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal
    • Project Categories
      Buildings, Climate, Energy, Infrastructure, Transportation
  • Innovative Clean Energy: Fossil Loan Guarantee

    The Fossil Projects track of the Innovative Clean Energy Loan Guarantee Program helps eliminate gaps in commercial financing for energy projects in the United States that utilize innovative technology to reduce, avoid, or sequester greenhouse gas emissions. The Fossil Loan Guarantee is limited to projects specific to fossil fuel innovations such as carbon capture, low-carbon power, efficiency, energy storage, hydrogen fuel cells, liquefied or compressed natural gas, alternative vehicle fuel distribution, and pollution control. It can also be used for distributed energy projects such as combined heat and power, coal bed methane, syngas, methane recovery / landfill gas, and distributed carbon capture and use.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      DOE - US Department of Energy
    • Local Match Requirement
      Varied interest rates / fees apply
    • Award Amount
      Unlimited
    • Deadline
      March
    • Competitive?
      Non-competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Business, Electric Utility, Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Economic Development, Energy, Infrastructure
  • Innovative Clean Energy Loan Guarantee

    The Innovative Clean Energy Loan Guarantee Program helps eliminate gaps in commercial financing for energy projects in the United States that utilize innovative technology to reduce, avoid, or sequester greenhouse gas emissions. The program is limited to non-fossil energy projects, such as solar, wind, hydro, geothermal and networked geothermal, and hydrogen. It can also be used for carbon reduction, avoidance, and sequestration projects. Examples include energy storage, carbon capture, pollution control, and efficient electrical, end-use management, and fuel-efficient vehicles (including advanced diesel).
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      DOE - US Department of Energy
    • Local Match Requirement
      Varied interest rates / fees apply
    • Award Amount
      Unlimited
    • Deadline
      March
    • Competitive?
      Non-competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Business, Electric Utility, Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Economic Development, Energy, Infrastructure
  • Intermediary Relending Program

    This program provides 1 percent low-interest loans to local lenders or “intermediaries” that re-lend to businesses to improve economic conditions and create jobs in rural communities.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      USDA-RD - US Department of Agriculture Rural Development
    • Local Match Requirement
      Min - 5%
    • Award Amount
      Max - $2 million
    • Deadline
      Rolling - Quarterly
    • Competitive?
      Yes
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit, RPC
    • Project Categories
      Economic Development, Water and Wastewater
  • Lake Champlain Basin Education & Outreach RFP

    LCBP seeks proposals for projects that will inform students or adults about key Lake Champlain Basin issues and directly support the Informed & Involved Public goals of Opportunities for Action: An Evolving Plan for the Future of the Lake Champlain Basin. The objective is to develop awareness, knowledge, skills, and commitment on a Basin issue so that informed decisions and constructive actions will benefit Lake Champlain. Hands-on stewardship activities for citizens are strongly encouraged.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      LCBP - Lake Champlain Basin Program
    • Local Match Requirement
      Not required but beneficial
    • Award Amount
      Small Projects: up to $15,000
      Large Projects: $15,000 - $50,000
    • Deadline
      December or January
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Conservation District, Municipal, Non-profit, RPC
    • Project Categories
      Climate, Conservation, Engagement, Water Quality
  • Land Acquisition and Conservation Grants

    This grant supports projects resulting in the acquisition of the fee simple interest or conservation easements that provide high value in furtherance of LCBP’s Clean Water, Healthy Ecosystems, Thriving Communities, or Informed and Involved Public Goals. Such projects include the acquisition of lands or conservation easements that protect or improve water quality and aquatic habitat, mitigate the adverse effects of climate change, or provide climate resiliency. Opportunities for increasing access for public recreation will be considered as a co-benefit, but not a primary benefit, of land acquisition or conservation easements support through this program.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      LCBP - Lake Champlain Basin Program
    • Local Match Requirement
      None required but encouraged
    • Award Amount
      $100,000 - $2,000,000
    • Deadline
      May 1, 2024 at 12:00pm noon
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Conservation, Recreation, Water Quality
  • Land and Water Conservation Fund

    Assists in acquiring land for parks and public outdoor recreation, as well as the development of new facilities and/or renovations of existing facilities or outdoor recreation. Projects must meet an identified need within the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP).
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      ANR - Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
    • Local Match Requirement
      50%
    • Award Amount
      Varies
    • Deadline
      December
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, State
    • Project Categories
      Conservation, Economic Development
  • Leahy Institute for Rural Partnerships Grants

    The Leahy Institute for Rural Partnerships will fund project costs associated with engaged partnerships between organizations and the University of Vermont. Through this funding initiative, UVM will join as partners with Vermont leaders who are working towards impactful solutions to rural challenges in priority focus areas:
    • Regenerative Agriculture
    • Community Schools
    • Transit & Housing Solutions
    • Remote & Co-Working Practices
    • Resilient Energy Systems
    • Healthy Ecosystems
    • Access to Health Care in Rural Areas
    • Policy & Governance
    Organizations may apply for the following funding tiers to support partnership efforts:
    • Capacity Grants (Up to $10,000) will catalyze partnership and project development This is the entry track for organizations who have a vision for positive rural impact but need support to develop a relationship with University of Vermont partners.
    • Seed Grants (Up to $300,000) will fund research projects, stakeholder engagement initiatives, student internships and service-learning experiences, and business plan development for early-stage start-ups and non-profit businesses working to address rural challenges.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      UVM - University of Vermont
    • Local Match Requirement
      None
    • Award Amount
      Capacity Grants: up to $100,000; Seed Grants: up to $300,000
    • Deadline
      LOI: December; Proposal: January
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Business, Conservation District, EDD - Economic Development District, Electric Utility, Municipal, Non-profit, RPC, School, State, Transit Agency
    • Project Categories
      Agriculture, Climate, Conservation, Energy, Housing, Planning, Public Health, Transportation, Water Quality
  • Libraries Capital Projects and Preservation Initiatives Grants

    Funding provided by the U.S. Treasury through the Vermont Department of Libraries will address critical building improvements to ensure Vermonters have continued access to high-speed Internet to directly enable work, education, and health monitoring at their local public libraries. Additional funding through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will support repair and mitigation needs in small, rural public libraries that also serve as community meeting spaces and public facilities, with a focus on economically depressed areas.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      DOL - VT Department of Libraries, HUD - US Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Treasury
    • Local Match Requirement
      TBD
    • Award Amount
      Varies (appx. $113 million allocated to VT)
    • Deadline
      TBD
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit, School
    • Project Categories
      Accessibility, Broadband and Telecommunications, Buildings, Historic Preservation, Infrastructure
  • Local Development Corporation Loan Program

    This program provides financing to nonprofit local and regional development corporations to build facilities for lease to identified eligible tenants, or to plan and/or develop industrial parks.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      VEDA - Vermont Economic Development Authority
    • Local Match Requirement
      See loan rates and terms
    • Award Amount
      No maximum
    • Deadline
      Rolling
    • Competitive?
      Non-competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit, RPC
    • Project Categories
      Buildings, Economic Development, Infrastructure, Planning
  • Multimodal Project Discretionary Grants – INFRA

    INFRA (Infrastructure for Rebuilding America), also known as the Nationally Significant Multimodal Freight & Highway Projects program, awards competitive grants for multimodal freight and highway projects of national or regional significance. Projects improve the safety, efficiency, and reliability of the movement of freight and people in and across rural and urban areas. Applicants should review the combined MPDG Notice of Funding Opportunity for details. Eligible projects include:
    • A highway freight project on the National Highway Freight Network
    • A highway or bridge project on the National Highway System
    • A freight intermodal, freight rail, or freight project within the boundaries of a public or private freight rail, water (including ports), or intermodal facility and that is a surface transportation infrastructure project necessary to facilitate direct intermodal interchange, transfer, or access into or out of the facility
    • A highway-railway grade crossing or grade separation project
    • A wildlife crossing project
    • A surface transportation project within the boundaries or functionally connected to an international border crossing that improves a facility owned by Fed/State/local government and increases throughput efficiency
    • A project for a marine highway corridor that is functionally connected to the NHFN and is likely to reduce road mobile source emissions
    • A highway, bridge, or freight project on the National Multimodal Freight Network
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      USDOT - US Department of Transportation
    • Local Match Requirement
      40% (other federal assistance can provide additional 20% match)
    • Award Amount
      $83 million for large projects; No minimum for small projects
    • Deadline
      August
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, RPC, State
    • Project Categories
      Economic Development, Infrastructure, Transportation
  • Multimodal Project Discretionary Grants – MEGA

    The Mega Program (the National Infrastructure Project Assistance program) supports large, complex projects that are difficult to fund by other means and likely to generate national or regional economic, mobility, or safety benefits. Applicants should review the combined MPDG Notice of Funding Opportunity for details. Eligible projects include:
    • A highway or bridge project on the National Multimodal Freight Network
    • A highway or bridge project on the National Highway Freight Network
    • A highway or bridge project on the National Highway System
    • A freight intermodal (including public ports) or freight rail project that provides public benefit
    • A railway highway grade separation or elimination project
    • An intercity passenger rail project
    • A public transportation project that is eligible under assistance under Chapter 53 of title 49 and is a part of any of the project types described above
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      USDOT - US Department of Transportation
    • Local Match Requirement
      40% (other federal assistance can provide additional 20% match)
    • Award Amount
      Minimum $100 million
    • Deadline
      August
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, RPC, State
    • Project Categories
      Infrastructure, Transportation
  • Multimodal Project Discretionary Grants – Rural Surface Transportation

    The Rural Surface Transportation Grant Program supports projects that improve and expand the surface transportation infrastructure in rural areas, defined as areas outside a Census Bureau designated Urbanized Area with a population of over 200,000. Projects help increase connectivity, improve the safety and reliability of the movement of people and freight, and generate regional economic growth and improve quality of life. Applicants should review the combined MPDG Notice of Funding Opportunity for details. Eligible projects include:
    • A highway, bridge, or tunnel project eligible under National Highway Performance Program
    • A highway, bridge, or tunnel project eligible under Surface Transportation Block Grant
    • A highway, bridge, or tunnel project eligible under Tribal Transportation Program
    • A highway freight project eligible under National Highway Freight Program
    • A highway safety improvement project, including a project to improve a high risk rural road as defined by the Highway Safety Improvement Program
    • A project on a publicly-owned highway or bridge that provides or increases access to an agricultural, commercial, energy, or intermodal facility that supports the economy of a rural area
    • A project to develop, establish, or maintain an integrated mobility management system, a transportation demand management system, or on-demand mobility services
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      USDOT - US Department of Transportation
    • Local Match Requirement
      20%
    • Award Amount
      Varies
    • Deadline
      August
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, RPC, State
    • Project Categories
      Economic Development, Infrastructure, Transportation
  • Municipal Highway and Stormwater Mitigation Grant Program

    This reimbursement program funds municipal environmental mitigation activities related to highway construction or due to highway runoff, including stormwater management and control as well as water pollution prevention and pollution abatement.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      VTrans - Vermont Agency of Transportation
    • Local Match Requirement
      20%
    • Award Amount
      No minimum or maximum
    • Deadline
      October
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal
    • Project Categories
      Transportation, Water Quality
  • Municipal Park and Ride Grant Program

    Supports the engineering and construction of small municipal owned park and ride facilities to reduce the number of single occupancy vehicles on the roadway.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      VTrans - Vermont Agency of Transportation
    • Local Match Requirement
      Varies
    • Award Amount
      No min or max
    • Deadline
      September
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal
    • Project Categories
      Energy, Infrastructure, Transportation
  • Municipal Planning Grant

    Supports a wide range of projects relating to planning and land use, and promotes cooperation, collaboration and the exchange of ideas. Eligible projects must have a clear connection to planning and implementation of the municipal plan and will be reviewed for conformance with the Regional Plan, as well as statewide smart growth principles, planning goals, and land use policies. All applications must be submitted by the municipality. This includes all applications potentially involving another benefitting entity (business or non-profit).
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      ACCD - Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development
    • Local Match Requirement
      10% minimum - cash
    • Award Amount
      Min - $2,500
      Max - $22,000 ($35,000 for consortium)
    • Deadline
      September
    • Competitive?
      Competitive. Based on regional allocation.
    • Eligible Organizations
      Business, Municipal, Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Buildings, Conservation, Economic Development, Engagement, Housing, Infrastructure, Placemaking, Planning, Water and Wastewater
  • Municipal Reinvestment Pilot Program

    The VLCT Municipal Reinvestment Pilot Program provides investment funding for eligible Vermont entities to catalyze community and economic development projects that will bolster the long-term viability of VLCT member communities. Proposals must demonstrate they are directly helping a municipality by addressing one or more of the following criteria:
    • Expanding the availability of housing by constructing new housing or rehabilitating existing housing
    • Reducing the effects of climate change in a community, by addressing energy costs and consumption and improving resiliency
    • Reducing a municipality’s risk of property loss
    • Expanding the availability of broadband, especially to municipal buildings
    • Expanding municipal capacity
    • Reducing the borrowing costs to municipalities to purchase equipment, make improvements, or provide services
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      VLCT - Vermont League of Cities and Towns
    • Local Match Requirement
      Leveraging of other funds required
    • Award Amount
      Minimum: $500,000 Maximum: $1.5 million
    • Deadline
      June 16, 2023
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Broadband and Telecommunications, Buildings, Climate, Economic Development, Housing, Infrastructure
  • Municipal Roads Grants-in-Aid Program

    The intent of this program is to provide funding for municipalities to manage improve stormwater quality by implementing best management practices (BMPs) on municipal roads in compliance with the DEC's Municipal Roads General Permit (MRGP).
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      VTrans - Vermont Agency of Transportation
    • Local Match Requirement
      20% - cash or in-kind
    • Award Amount
      Varies
    • Deadline
      June
    • Competitive?
      Non-competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal
    • Project Categories
      Transportation, Water Quality
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) – Various Grants

    NTHP's annual grants support repair and restoration of historic agricultural buildings listed or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      NTHP - National Trust of Historic Preservation
    • Local Match Requirement
      Varies
    • Award Amount
      Varies
    • Deadline
      Varies
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Business, Municipal, Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Buildings, Economic Development, Equity and Social Justice, Historic Preservation
  • New England Grassroots Environmental Fund

    The Grassroots Fund's grant programs are designed to energize and nurture long term civic engagement in local initiatives that create and maintain healthy, just, safe and environmentally sustainable communities.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      New England Grassroots Fund
    • Local Match Requirement
      None
    • Award Amount
      Seed Grants: $500-$1000
      Grow Grants: $1000-$4000
    • Deadline
      Rolling for Seed Grants
      March and December for Grow / Young Leaders Grants
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Agriculture, Art, Climate, Economic Development, Energy, Engagement, Equity and Social Justice, Placemaking, Planning, Public Health, Water Quality
  • Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP)

    Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) is one of three grant programs that constitute DHS/FEMA’s focus on enhancing the ability of state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, as well as nonprofits, to prevent, protect against, respond to and recover from terrorist attacks. These grant programs are part of a comprehensive set of measures authorized by Congress and implemented by DHS to help strengthen the nation’s communities against potential terrorist attacks.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency, VEM - Vermont Emergency Management
    • Local Match Requirement
      None
    • Award Amount
      April
    • Deadline
      Max per site - $150,000
      Max per applicant - $450,000
    • Competitive?
      Yes
    • Eligible Organizations
      Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Emergency Management, Infrastructure, Public Safety
  • Northern Border Catalyst Program

    The Catalyst Program stimulates growth and inspires partnerships for rural economic vitality in the northern border region (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York). These projects will be partially funded through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). Current investment priorities include projects that benefit underrepresented communities, address multiple needs or categories, and that adapt to changing climate and extreme weather.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      NBRC - Northern Border Regional Commission
    • Local Match Requirement
      20% for "distressed" counties; 50% for "transitional" counties
    • Award Amount
      Infrastructure: up to $1 million; Multi-jurisdiction infrastructure: up to $3 million; Non-Infrastructure: up to $500,000
    • Deadline
      March and September
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit, RPC, State
    • Project Categories
      Broadband and Telecommunications, Conservation, Economic Development, Energy, Infrastructure, Planning, Public Health, Recreation, Transportation, Water and Wastewater
  • Vermont Livable Community Program – Placemaking Grants

    Provides funding for small projects that are focused on reinventing a space that improves the safety, accessibility and overall appeal and are either temporary or permanent projects to have a positive impact on older adults living in your community.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      AARP
    • Local Match Requirement
      None
    • Award Amount
      Max - $4,000
    • Deadline
      October 2022
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit, RPC
    • Project Categories
      Economic Development, Planning, Transportation
  • Planning Program and Local Technical Assistance

    Under the Planning program EDA assists eligible recipients in creating regional economic development plans designed to build capacity and guide the economic prosperity and resiliency of an area or region. The Local Technical Assistance program strengthens the capacity of local or State organizations, institutions of higher education, and other eligible recipients to undertake and promote effective economic development programs through projects such as feasibility analyses and impact studies.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      EDA - US Economic Development Administration
    • Local Match Requirement
      50%
    • Award Amount
      Max - $300,000
    • Deadline
      Rolling
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, RPC
    • Project Categories
      Economic Development, Planning
  • Preservation Trust of Vermont

    To preserve and rehabilitate historic buildings.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      PTV - Preservation Trust of Vermont
    • Local Match Requirement
      Varies
    • Award Amount
      Varies
    • Deadline
      Varies
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Business, Municipal, Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Buildings, Economic Development, Historic Preservation, Housing
  • PROTECT Formula and Discretionary Grants

    The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) established the Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient, and Cost-Saving Transportation (PROTECT) Program to help make surface transportation more resilient to natural hazards, including climate change, sea level rise, flooding, extreme weather events, and other natural disasters through support of planning activities, resilience improvements, community resilience and evacuation routes, and at-risk costal infrastructure. The PROTECT Program consists of a Formula program for states and a Discretionary Grant program; both programs support the following specific activities:
    • Planning Grants for Resilience Improvement Plans
    • Resilience Improvement Grants for implementation / construction
    • Community Resilience and Evacuation Route Grants
    • At-Risk Coastal Infrastructure Grants
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      USDOT - US Department of Transportation
    • Local Match Requirement
      Planning: 0% Other tracks: 20%
    • Award Amount
      Planning: minimum $100,000; no maximum Other tracks: minimum $500,000; no maximum
    • Deadline
      August 18, 2023
    • Competitive?
      Competitive and Non-Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, RPC, State
    • Project Categories
      Climate, Emergency Management, Infrastructure, Transportation
  • Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Program

    This program supports economic development, foster job creation, and attract private investment in economically distressed areas through providing investments that support construction, non-construction, planning, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects. Examples of Public Works category projects include critical infrastructure and facilities such as water and sewer, telecommunications, brownfields redevelopment, workforce training facilities, industrial and research parks, shipping and logistics facilities, and business incubators and accelerators. Examples of Economic Adjustment Assistance category projects include launching economic diversification strategies in declining industries, or construction of multi-tenant facilities for early-stage businesses.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      EDA - US Economic Development Administration
    • Local Match Requirement
      20% to 50%
    • Award Amount
      Min - $100,000 Max - $30 million
    • Deadline
      Rolling
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit, RPC, State
    • Project Categories
      Brownfields, Buildings, Economic Development, Infrastructure, Planning, Water and Wastewater
  • REAP Energy Audit & Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grants

    This part of the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) assists rural small businesses and agricultural producers by conducting and promoting energy audits and providing Renewable Energy Development Assistance (REDA). Assistance provided must consist of: energy audits, renewable energy technical assistance, and renewable energy site assessments.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      USDA-RD - US Department of Agriculture Rural Development
    • Local Match Requirement
      None
    • Award Amount
      Max - $100,000
    • Deadline
      January
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Business, Electric Utility, Municipal, Non-profit, RPC, State
    • Project Categories
      Agriculture, Buildings, Economic Development, Energy, Infrastructure
  • REAP Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Improvement Loans / Grants

    This part of the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      USDA-RD - US Department of Agriculture Rural Development
    • Local Match Requirement
      Grants - 50%Loan guarantee - see details
    • Award Amount
      Renewable Grant Program: Min - $2,500 Max - $1 million Efficiency Grant Program: Min - $1,500 Max - $500,000Loans: see website
    • Deadline
      Various
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Business, Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Agriculture, Buildings, Economic Development, Energy, Infrastructure
  • Recreational Facilities Grant Program

    Grants for the development and creation of community recreational opportunities.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      BGS - Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services
    • Local Match Requirement
      50%
    • Award Amount
      Min - $1,000 Max - $25,000
    • Deadline
      September
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Business, Municipal, Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Accessibility, Buildings, Infrastructure, Recreation
  • Recreational Trails Grant Program

    Grants support the acquisition, maintenance, restoration, design and construction of recreational trails and associated amenities and education. Both motorized and non-motorized trail projects may qualify for RTP funds.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      ANR - Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
    • Local Match Requirement
      20%
    • Award Amount
      Max - $50,000
    • Deadline
      Pre-application - December; Application - February
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit, RPC, State
    • Project Categories
      Accessibility, Recreation, Transportation
  • Recycling Education and Outreach Grant

    Projects funded through the Recycling Education and Outreach Grant Program program will: • Inform the public about residential or community recycling or composting programs. • Provide information about the materials that are accepted as part of residential or community recycling or composting programs. • Increase collection rates and decrease contamination across the nation.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      EPA - US Environmental Protection Agency
    • Local Match Requirement
      None required but considered in award
    • Award Amount
      $250,000 to $2,000,000
    • Deadline
      February
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Business, Municipal, Non-profit, RPC, State
    • Project Categories
      Conservation, Engagement, Equity and Social Justice, Public Health
  • REDI (Rural Economic Development Initiative)

    REDI promotes and and facilitates economic development in Vermont communities with under 5,000 people using targeted capacity grants to municipalities and small businesses. Assistance includes grant writing consulting / technical assistance and fundraising planning in program areas of working lands, outdoor recreation, community-based economic development, and implementation projects / federal funding.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      VHCB - Vermont Housing and Conservation Board
    • Local Match Requirement
      None
    • Award Amount
      $1,000 - $6,000
    • Deadline
      Rolling
    • Competitive?
      Non-competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Business, Municipal, Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Agriculture, Conservation, Economic Development, Placemaking, Planning, Recreation, Water Quality
  • Regional Economic Development Grant Program

    State grants for capital costs associated with major maintenance, renovation, or planning related to the development of facilities reasonably expected to create or retain job opportunities in Vermont communities.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      BGS - Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services
    • Local Match Requirement
      50%
    • Award Amount
      Min - $1,000
      Max - $25,000
    • Deadline
      September
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Business, Municipal, Non-profit, RPC
    • Project Categories
      Buildings, Economic Development, Infrastructure
  • Resilient and Connected Appalachians Grant Program

    The Nature Conservancy's (TNC) offers grants of up to $50,000 to support projects that result in the permanent protection of Resilient and Connected lands in focal landscapes of the Appalachians—a center of climate resilience and a critical migration corridor for wildlife. Eligible projects must result in fee or easement acquisitions of Resilient and Connected lands within TNC's identified focal landscapes. Projects funded by the Resilient and Connected Appalachians Grant Program should incorporate planning and actions that ensure equitable outcomes and a fairer distribution of climate-resilient benefits.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      TNC - The Nature Conservancy
    • Local Match Requirement
      None
    • Award Amount
      Up to $50,000
    • Deadline
      February
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit, RPC, State
    • Project Categories
      Climate, Conservation, Planning
  • Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program

    The Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program (Broadband Program) furnishes loans and loan guarantees to provide funds for the costs of construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities and equipment needed to provide service at the broadband lending speed in eligible rural areas.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      USDA-RD - US Department of Agriculture Rural Development
    • Local Match Requirement
      N/A - see loan details
    • Award Amount
      No maximum
    • Deadline
      Rolling
    • Competitive?
      Non-competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Business, Municipal, Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Broadband and Telecommunications, Economic Development, Infrastructure
  • Rural Business Development Grants

    This program is designed to provide technical assistance and training for small rural businesses. Small means that the business has fewer than 50 new workers and less than $1 million in gross revenue.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      USDA-RD - US Department of Agriculture Rural Development
    • Local Match Requirement
      None (more to be competitive)
    • Award Amount
      Max - $30,000 ($250,000 in NEK)
    • Deadline
      February
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit, RPC, State
    • Project Categories
      Economic Development
  • Rural Community Development Initiative Grants

    Rural Community Development Initiative Grants (RCDI) grants are awarded to help non-profit housing and community development organizations, low-income rural communities and federally recognized tribes support housing, community facilities and community and economic development projects in rural areas with fewer than 50,000 inhabitants.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      USDA-RD - US Department of Agriculture Rural Development
    • Local Match Requirement
      50% cash
    • Award Amount
      Min - $50,000
      Max - $250,000
    • Deadline
      April
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Economic Development, Engagement, Housing, Planning
  • Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program

    The Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant program funds local utility organizations to support rural economic development through business incubators / expansions and start-up venture costs, facilities and equipment, community development assistance, and technical assistance. The program includes grants for revolving loan funds as well as zero-interest loans to local utilities which they, in turn, pass through to local businesses.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      USDA-RD - US Department of Agriculture Rural Development
    • Local Match Requirement
      20%
    • Award Amount
      Max - $300,000 for grants
      Max - $2 million for loans
    • Deadline
      Quarterly
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Business, Electric Utility, Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Buildings, Economic Development, Infrastructure, Planning
  • Rural Energy Pilot Program Grant

    The Rural Energy Pilot Program (REPP) grant offers financial assistance for rural communities to further develop renewable energy. REPP grant funds can be used to support:
    • Community energy planning, capacity building, and technical assistance
    • Community efficiency and weatherization
    • Installation and equipping of community-scale renewable energy technologies and systems
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      USDA-RD - US Department of Agriculture Rural Development
    • Local Match Requirement
      Min - 20%
    • Award Amount
      Max - $2 million
    • Deadline
      Notice of Intent - April
      Application - July
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit, RPC, State
    • Project Categories
      Buildings, Energy, Infrastructure, Planning
  • Rural Energy Savings Program

    The Rural Energy Savings Program (RESP) provides loans to rural utilities and other companies who provide energy efficiency loans to qualified consumers to implement durable cost-effective energy efficiency measures.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      USDA-RD - US Department of Agriculture Rural Development
    • Local Match Requirement
      N/A - see loan details
    • Award Amount
      No maximum
    • Deadline
      Rolling
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Business, Electric Utility, Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Buildings, Economic Development, Energy, Infrastructure
  • Rural Fire Protection

    The goals of the program are to:
    • Save lives, by reducing response time and improving both public and firefighter safety.
    • Enable fire fighters to have quicker, easier and safer year round drafting capability.
    • Reduce risks to property and natural resources, both private and public.
    • Lower insurance premiums, both private and public.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      VACD - Vermont Association of Conservation Districts
    • Local Match Requirement
      25%
    • Award Amount
      Max $20,000
    • Deadline
      April 1st, June 1st & August 1st.
    • Competitive?
      Yes
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Emergency Management, Infrastructure, Public Safety, Water and Wastewater
  • Safe Streets and Roads For All (SS4A)

    The SS4A program advances a goal of zero deaths and serious injuries on our nation's roadways. The grant program supports planning, infrastructure, behavioral, and operational initiatives to prevent death and serious injury on roads and streets involving all roadway users, including pedestrians; bicyclists; public transportation, personal conveyance, and micromobility users; motorists; and commercial vehicle operators. There are two tracks: Planning & Demonstration Grants and Implementation Grants.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      USDOT - US Department of Transportation
    • Local Match Requirement
      20%
    • Award Amount
      Planning & Demonstration: $100,000 - $10 million; Implementation: $2.5 million - $25 million
    • Deadline
      Planning & Demonstration: April and August; Implementation: March
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, RPC
    • Project Categories
      Infrastructure, Planning, Public Safety, Transportation
  • SEARCH – Special Evaluation Assistance for Rural Communities and Households

    This program helps very small, financially distressed rural communities with predevelopment feasibility studies, design and technical assistance on proposed water and waste disposal projects. Limited to communities (or potential service areas) of less than 2,500 persons with household income below the poverty line or less than 80% of statewide non-MSA median household income.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      USDA-RD - US Department of Agriculture Rural Development
    • Local Match Requirement
      None
    • Award Amount
      Max - $30,000
    • Deadline
      National Pool - April
      State Pool - December
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal
    • Project Categories
      Infrastructure, Planning, Water and Wastewater
  • Small Grants for Smart Growth

    Provides seed money for community-based initiatives related to smart growth, including efforts related to housing, transportation, community revitalization, conservation, public participation, and advocacy.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      VNRC - Vermont Natural Resources Council
    • Local Match Requirement
      None
    • Award Amount
      Min - $500 Max - $1,500
    • Deadline
      Rolling
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit, RPC
    • Project Categories
      Conservation, Engagement, Planning, Transportation
  • Solid Waste Infrastructure For Recycling (SWIFR)

    The Solid Waste for Infrastructure (SWIFR) grant program funded through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will assist local waste management authorities by supporting improvements to local post-consumer materials management, including municipal recycling programs, and assisting local waste management authorities in making improvements to local waste management systems. Projects will be funded under two tracks:
    • Track 1: Projects that benefit disadvantaged communities as defined in the Request for Applications.
    • Track 2: Projects that benefit all other communities that do not meet the definition of disadvantaged communities.
    A separate application is provided for tribal governments and intertribal consortia.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      EPA - US Environmental Protection Agency
    • Local Match Requirement
      None
    • Award Amount
      $500,000 to $4,000,000
    • Deadline
      February
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, RPC
    • Project Categories
      Buildings, Conservation, Equity and Social Justice, Infrastructure, Public Health
  • Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER)

    The SAFER Program provides funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to assist in increasing the number of firefighters to help communities meet industry minimum standards and attain 24-hour staffing to provide adequate fire protection from fire and fire-related hazards, and to fulfill traditional missions of fire departments. The Program provides direct funding for firefighter salaries / compensation / benefits as well as training and equipment across two Activity Areas: Hiring and Recruitment and & Retention (R&R).
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency
    • Local Match Requirement
      None
    • Award Amount
      Varies
    • Deadline
      April
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit, RPC
    • Project Categories
      Emergency Management, Public Safety
  • State Homeland Security Program (SHSP)

    The SHSP supports state, tribal, territorial, and local preparedness activities that address high priority preparedness gaps across all core capabilities that support terrorism preparedness.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency, VEM - Vermont Emergency Management
    • Local Match Requirement
      None
    • Award Amount
      Varies
    • Deadline
      February
    • Competitive?
      Yes
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal
    • Project Categories
      Emergency Management, Infrastructure, Planning, Public Safety
  • State Planning Grants

    In order to better focus NBRC funds, the Commission can assist Member States to develop comprehensive economic and infrastructure development plans for their NBRC counties. Plans are to reflect the goals, objectives and priorities within NBRC's economic and infrastructure plan. This is done in collaboration with Local Development Districts, local governments, higher education centers, and the general public.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      NBRC - Northern Border Regional Commission
    • Local Match Requirement
      Varies
    • Award Amount
      Varies
    • Deadline
      N/A
    • Competitive?
      Non-competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      RPC
    • Project Categories
      Economic Development, Infrastructure, Planning
  • Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD) Program

    To help advance rural prosperity, applicants submit strategic community investment plans to the SECD Program. This augments funding for regionally impactful applications to other USDA-RD programs, including:
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      USDA-RD - US Department of Agriculture Rural Development
    • Local Match Requirement
      Underlying program requirements
    • Award Amount
      Varies
    • Deadline
      Underlying program date
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Business, Municipal, Non-profit, RPC, State
    • Project Categories
      Accessibility, Broadband and Telecommunications, Buildings, Economic Development, Emergency Management, Housing, Infrastructure, Public Health, Water and Wastewater
  • Stream Wise Assessment Grants

    Stream Wise is designed to inform and engage streamside landowners in protecting and planting native vegetated buffers on their properties to increase stream health, wildlife habitats, and flood resiliency in their local communities.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      LCBP - Lake Champlain Basin Program
    • Local Match Requirement
      None
    • Award Amount
      Up to $15,000
    • Deadline
      December
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Conservation District, Municipal, Non-profit, RPC
    • Project Categories
      Agriculture, Climate, Conservation, Water Quality
  • Subgrants for Substance Misuse Prevention

    Vermont Department of Health (VDH) Division of Substance Use Programs (DSU) has awarded a grant to United Way of Northwest Vermont (United Way) to serve as the Lead Prevention Organization (LPO) for DSU’s Region 1, covering Burlington, St. Albans, and Barre Health Districts (Chittenden, Franklin, Grand Isle, and Washington Counties). State funds offered through these subgrants are for the purpose of advancing substance misuse prevention, across all ages and substances, by:
    • preventing the onset of substance misuse,
    • delaying initiation of substance use,
    • promoting healthy lifestyles, and
    • optimizing wellbeing among individuals, families, and communities across the lifespan.
    Funding will be allocated through a portfolio of subgrants that collectively will:
    • sustain existing substance misuse prevention efforts,
    • build additional prevention capacity, and
    • fill gap areas to ensure statewide prevention coverage.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      VDH - VT Department of Health
    • Local Match Requirement
      None
    • Award Amount
      $5,000 - $25,000
    • Deadline
      November
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit, RPC
    • Project Categories
      Equity and Social Justice, Public Health, Public Safety
  • Targeted Brownfields Assessments

    The EPA New England Targeted Brownfields Assessments (TBA) program helps municipalities and partnering non-profits redevelop contaminated parcels in their communities. The purpose of a TBA is to minimize the uncertainties surrounding the actual or perceived contamination associated with these sites. It is important that the requestor currently have redevelopment plans for the contaminated property. The request must be for a specific site which the eligible organization currently owns or can obtain ownership through some other means (e.g. tax foreclosure).
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      EPA - US Environmental Protection Agency
    • Local Match Requirement
      None
    • Award Amount
      Average $50,000-$100,000
    • Deadline
      Rolling
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit, RPC
    • Project Categories
      Brownfields, Buildings, Economic Development, Housing, Planning, Public Health
  • Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention Grant

    The TVTP Grant Program seeks to fund eligible entities to design and implement sustainable, multidisciplinary projects that enhance targeted violence and terrorism prevention capabilities.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      DHS - Department of Homeland Security
    • Local Match Requirement
      None
    • Award Amount
      Promising Practices Track: $100,000-$800,000; Innovation Track: $300,000-$815,000
    • Deadline
      May
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit, RPC, School, State
    • Project Categories
      Emergency Management, Equity and Social Justice, Public Safety
  • Tax-Exempt Revenue Bond Program for 501(c)(3) Corporations

    Designed to aid certain 501(c)(3) entities by VEDA's issuance of tax-exempt bonds for fixed-asset projects (land, buildings, equipment) that further the mission of the tax-exempt entity. In these projects, VEDA acts as a conduit issuer, thereby enabling eligible borrowers to access the tax-exempt bond market. Because income earned by purchasers of these bonds is exempt from federal and, in some cases, state tax, these bonds traditionally carry lower interest rates and may carry longer terms than conventional bank loans.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      VEDA - Vermont Economic Development Authority
    • Local Match Requirement
      N/A - see loan details
    • Award Amount
      No maximum
    • Deadline
      Rolling
    • Competitive?
      Non-competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Buildings, Economic Development, Historic Preservation, Infrastructure, Other
  • Telecommunications Infrastructure Loans and Loan Guarantees

    This program provides financing for the construction, maintenance, improvement and expansion of telephone service and broadband in rural areas (5,000 people or fewer).
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      USDA-RD - US Department of Agriculture Rural Development
    • Local Match Requirement
      N/A - see loan details
    • Award Amount
      No maximum
    • Deadline
      Rolling
    • Competitive?
      Non-competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Business, Municipal, Non-profit, RPC, State
    • Project Categories
      Broadband and Telecommunications, Economic Development, Infrastructure
  • Thriving Communities Program

    The Thriving Communities Program will provide two years of deep-dive assistance to help selected communities plan and develop a pipeline of comprehensive transportation, housing, and community revitalization activities. The program also provides peer learning opportunities through assigned Communities of Practice including Main Streets, Complete Neighborhoods, and Networked Communities. During the third year, communities will continue to receive peer learning support as Capacity Builders conduct evaluation, reporting, and transition activities.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      USDOT - US Department of Transportation
    • Local Match Requirement
      None
    • Award Amount
      Varies - Technical Assistance
    • Deadline
      Letters of Intent: 11/15/2023; Full Application: 11/28/2023
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit, RPC, Transit Agency
    • Project Categories
      Planning, Transportation
  • Timber for Transit Program

    The Timber for Transit Program is designed to advance the use of domestic forest products in transportation infrastructure projects across Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont to showcase the capabilities of wood in these applications. Highly competitive projects will demonstrate and widely promote the utility of high-value forest products (e.g. glued laminated timber, cross laminated timber, composite materials, etc.) in transportation infrastructure and commit to enhancing climate resilience in rural communities.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      NBRC - Northern Border Regional Commission
    • Local Match Requirement
      20-50% depending on economic distress
    • Award Amount
      Feasibility projects: $250,000 - $1 million; Implementation projects: $1 million - $5 million
    • Deadline
      March or September
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      EDD - Economic Development District, Municipal, Non-profit, RPC, State
    • Project Categories
      Conservation, Economic Development, Infrastructure, Transportation
  • Town Highway Bridges Program

    State assistance for major rehabilitation or reconstruction of bridges with a span of six feet or more on Class 1, 2, or 3 town highways.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      VTrans - Vermont Agency of Transportation
    • Local Match Requirement
      5% to 10%
    • Award Amount
      No maximum
    • Deadline
      Rolling
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal
    • Project Categories
      Infrastructure, Transportation
  • Town Highway Class 2 Roadway Program Grant

    State grants for the preservation of any Class 2 highways for resurfacing or reconstruction.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      VTrans - Vermont Agency of Transportation
    • Local Match Requirement
      20% to 30%
    • Award Amount
      Max - $200,000
    • Deadline
      April 15
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal
    • Project Categories
      Infrastructure, Transportation
  • Town Highway Structures Program Grant

    State grants for bridges, culverts (36 inch diameter or larger), and retaining walls that are part of the municipalities' highway (Class 1, 2, or 3) infrastructure.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      VTrans - Vermont Agency of Transportation
    • Local Match Requirement
      10% to 20%
    • Award Amount
      Max - $200,000
    • Deadline
      April 15
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal
    • Project Categories
      Infrastructure, Transportation, Water Quality
  • Transportation Alternatives Program

    State matching grants for the planning, design, and construction of bicycle and pedestrian facilities (on or off road), sidewalks, bicycle infrastructure, lighting, stormwater management, and others.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      VTrans - Vermont Agency of Transportation
    • Local Match Requirement
      20%
    • Award Amount
      Max - $600,000
    • Deadline
      December
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit, RPC
    • Project Categories
      Accessibility, Historic Preservation, Infrastructure, Recreation, Transportation, Water Quality
  • UVM Medical Center Community Health Investment Fund

    The University of Vermont Medical Center invests in community initiatives that improve the overall health of our community. Programs must address either Mental Health or Childhood/Family Health, which were needs identified in the UVM Medical Center’s 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment. Strategies should focus on one or more of the following:
    • Social & Community Connection
    • Addressing the Social Determinants of Health for Families
    • Access to Services (Mental Health and Childhood/Family)
    • Social & Emotional Well-Being Support
    • Substance Misuse Prevention
    • Cradle to Career Success
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      UVMMC - University of Vermont Medical Center
    • Local Match Requirement
      None
    • Award Amount
      Single project - up to $50,000
      Collective impact - up to $100,000
    • Deadline
      October
    • Competitive?
      Yes
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Equity and Social Justice, Planning, Public Health
  • VCRD Community Visit

    The Community Visit program is a way for towns to engage and bring together their residents, set common goals, and directions in a neutral and facilitated structure, and access resources that will help them take action on those goals. The Community Visit program, provided at no cost to communities by VCRD, gets citizens engaged in working for their communities and connects them to the resources they need to be successful.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      VCRD - Vermont Council on Rural Development
    • Local Match Requirement
      In-kind only
    • Award Amount
      Four months of assistance
    • Deadline
      None
    • Competitive?
      Non-competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal
    • Project Categories
      Economic Development, Engagement, Planning
  • Vermont Community Development Program – Accessibility Modification

    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 (do not have to be municipally owned) into full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the rules of the Vermont Access Board. Projects must be bid ready. All applications must be submitted by the municipality. This includes all applications potentially involving another benefitting entity (business or non-profit).
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      ACCD - Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development
    • Local Match Requirement
      25% minimum - cash or in-kind
    • Award Amount
      Min - $5,000
      Max - $100,000
    • Deadline
      Rolling with 3 deadlines per year
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Business, Municipal, Non-profit, RPC
    • Project Categories
      Accessibility, Buildings, Historic Preservation, Infrastructure
  • Vermont Community Development Program – Implementation Grant

    This program funds projects 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. Projects accomplish this through economic development, housing, public facilities, and public services. All applications must be submitted by the municipality, including all applications potentially involving another benefitting entity (business or non-profit).
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      ACCD - Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development
    • Local Match Requirement
      10% minimum - cash or in-kind
    • Award Amount
      Min - $50,000
      Max -$500,000 or $1 million (public facilities or public services)
    • Deadline
      Rolling with 3 deadlines per year
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Business, Municipal, Non-profit, RPC
    • Project Categories
      Buildings, Economic Development, Historic Preservation, Housing, Infrastructure, Planning, Water and Wastewater
  • Vermont Community Development Program – Planning Grant

    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). All applications must be submitted by the municipality. This includes all applications potentially involving another benefitting entity (business or non-profit).
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      ACCD - Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development
    • Local Match Requirement
      10% minimum - cash or in-kind
    • Award Amount
      Min - $3,000
      Max - $60,000
    • Deadline
      Rolling with 3 deadlines per year
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Business, Municipal, Non-profit, RPC
    • Project Categories
      Buildings, Economic Development, Housing, Infrastructure, Planning, Water and Wastewater
  • Vermont Community Development Program – Scattered Sites Grant

    Provides funds to the regional scattered site housing rehabilitation revolving loan fund programs. All applications must be submitted by the municipality. This includes all applications potentially involving another benefitting entity (business or non-profit).
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      ACCD - Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development
    • Local Match Requirement
      10% minimum
    • Award Amount
      Min - $50,000
      Max - $1 million
    • Deadline
      Rolling with 3 deadlines per year
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Business, Municipal, Non-profit, RPC
    • Project Categories
      Buildings, Economic Development, Housing
  • Vermont Community Foundation – Various Grants

    A variety of grants are available to support projects to improve environmental sustainability, cultural heritage, social justice, historic preservation, and vitality of Vermont communities.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      VCF - Vermont Community Foundation
    • Local Match Requirement
      Varies
    • Award Amount
      Varies
    • Deadline
      Varies
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal
    • Project Categories
      Other, Planning
  • Vermont Pollution Control Grants

    These grants fund improvements for municipal water pollution abatement and control facilities. Types of projects include combined sewer overflow elimination/separation, removal of direct sewer connections to waters of the state, sludge handling and septage receiving facilities, or projects to reduce phosphorous discharges.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      ANR - Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
    • Local Match Requirement
      65% to 90%
    • Award Amount
      Varies
    • Deadline
      February
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal
    • Project Categories
      Infrastructure, Water and Wastewater, Water Quality
  • Vermont Pollution Control State Revolving Fund Clean Water Loan

    Planning or construction for wastewater treatment or stormwater treatment facilities and collection systems. Designated for projects not eligible under the CWSRF Program.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      ANR - Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
    • Local Match Requirement
      N/A
    • Award Amount
      Varies
    • Deadline
      February
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal
    • Project Categories
      Infrastructure, Planning, Water and Wastewater, Water Quality
  • Vermont State Infrastructure Bank

    State low interest loan program for the construction or reconstruction of highways, roads and bridges, and pedestrian facilities, as well as certain capital facilities related to rail transit, public transit or electric vehicle charging stations.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      VEDA - Vermont Economic Development Authority
    • Local Match Requirement
      Loan rates and fees apply
    • Award Amount
      No maximum
    • Deadline
      Rolling
    • Competitive?
      Non-competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, RPC
    • Project Categories
      Energy, Infrastructure, Transportation, Water Quality
  • VHCB Agricultural Conservation Grant

    The Vermont Housing and Conservation Board preserves state-significant farmland by:
    1. Awarding grants to eligible applicants (nonprofit conservation organizations, municipalities, and qualified state agencies) for the purchase of development rights;
    2. Building the capacity of eligible applicants to undertake farmland conservation projects through capacity grants, and payment of costs associated with projects;
    3. Providing loans to eligible applicants for farmland acquisition or protection.
    The Board will fund a variety of preservation methods including, but not limited to, conservation easements, purchases, direct nonprofit ownership with a lease, or resale, to farmers, and land swaps, as long as the result is the perpetual conservation and protection of agricultural land.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      VHCB - Vermont Housing and Conservation Board
    • Local Match Requirement
      Not required but considered
    • Award Amount
      Up to $4,200 per acre
      Up to $550,000 per project
      With some exceptions
    • Deadline
      Multiple
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit, State
    • Project Categories
      Agriculture, Conservation, Economic Development
  • VHCB Business Plan Implementation Grant

    When funding is available, Farm & Forest Viability Implementation Grants are available on a competitive basis to farm businesses that have completed an up-to-date business plan or transfer plan through the Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program to help implement specific goals of the business plans created through the program. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, farm infrastructure construction, equipment, machinery upgrades, and energy efficiency projects that help a business meet business goals determined through their planning work. Focus areas for this grant are investments that:
    • Address climate change and climate adaptation
    • Improve and/or increase production or processing of local food or forest products
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      VHCB - Vermont Housing and Conservation Board
    • Local Match Requirement
      None required but considered
    • Award Amount
      $1,000 - $10,000
    • Deadline
      April
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Business, Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Agriculture, Conservation, Economic Development, Energy, Infrastructure
  • VHCB Feasibility Funds

    The Vermont Housing and Conservation Board provides feasibility awards to assist with pre-development costs and feasibility analysis for individual projects. This program pays for appraisals, engineering and environmental studies and options, for instance. Funds can only be used to compensate contracted services and may not be used to compensate applicants for staff time. These awards are instrumental in helping grantees bring projects to the development stage.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      VHCB - Vermont Housing and Conservation Board
    • Local Match Requirement
      None
    • Award Amount
      $8,000 max for conservation
      $10,000 max for single site housing
      $15,000 max for scattered site housing
    • Deadline
      Rolling
    • Competitive?
      Non-competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit, State
    • Project Categories
      Agriculture, Conservation, Housing, Planning, Water Quality
  • VHCB Local Conservation Projects

    Local conservation projects for agricultural and recreational land, town parks and forests, swimming holes, greenways, and historic buildings for public use.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      VHCB - Vermont Housing and Conservation Board
    • Local Match Requirement
      33% - Min
    • Award Amount
      Max - $150,000 ($215,000 for associated farmland)
    • Deadline
      Multiple
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit, State
    • Project Categories
      Agriculture, Conservation, Economic Development, Historic Preservation, Recreation
  • VHCB Natural Areas & Recreational Lands Projects

    Conservation projects of statewide significance are eligible for VHCB Conservation Project funding. These include natural areas that provide habitat for rare or endangered species, acquisition of lands to provide public access to trails or water, greenways, or acquisition of important historic properties for public use.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      VHCB - Vermont Housing and Conservation Board
    • Local Match Requirement
      None required but considered
    • Award Amount
      Varies
    • Deadline
      Multiple
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit, State
    • Project Categories
      Conservation, Historic Preservation, Recreation
  • VHCB Outstanding Building Grants

    Funding for acquisition or rehabilitation of "outstanding" historic buildings located in downtowns and village centers as determined by VHCB. Projects are protected by a historic preservation easement.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      VHCB - Vermont Housing and Conservation Board
    • Local Match Requirement
      Varies
    • Award Amount
      Varies
    • Deadline
      Multiple
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Business, Municipal, Non-profit, State
    • Project Categories
      Economic Development, Historic Preservation, Housing
  • VHCB Project-Specific Capacity Funding

    Project capacity funds are available for pre-development expenses in excess of the amount available from VHCB's Project Feasibility Fund. They are limited to projects that, in the estimation of VHCB, have an especially high degree of complexity, difficulty or uncertainty. Examples of factors that may contribute to a high degree of complexity, difficulty or uncertainty include but are not limited to: an unusually large number of housing units, a difficult to develop building site, the presence of multiple sites or multiple goals, unusual ownership structure or special population to be served, community economics or demographics that make development of a project especially challenging
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      VHCB - Vermont Housing and Conservation Board
    • Local Match Requirement
      None
    • Award Amount
      Max - $50,000
    • Deadline
      Rolling
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Conservation, Housing, Infrastructure, Planning
  • VOREC Community Grant Program

    Grant funding can be used for a variety of purposes with the result being a community(ies) that can show measurable success supporting and growing their local economies through leveraging outdoor recreation.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      ANR - Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, FPR - Vermont Forests Parks & Recreation
    • Local Match Requirement
      None
    • Award Amount
      Varies by track
    • Deadline
      December
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Conservation, Engagement, Infrastructure, Placemaking, Recreation
  • Water Quality Grants

    Projects to make on-farm capital improvements that also have direct, positive impacts on water quality are eligible for funding. The following types of projects have been funded in the past:
    • Construction, renovation, or upgrades to farm infrastructure
    • Purchase of equipment that will be used frequently; is essential to the business; cannot be rented; and leads to innovative farm practices
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      VHCB - Vermont Housing and Conservation Board
    • Local Match Requirement
      50%
    • Award Amount
      Max - $40,000
    • Deadline
      January
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Business, Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Agriculture, Buildings, Conservation, Infrastructure, Water Quality
  • Water Quality Nonprofit Organizational Support Projects

    LCBP seeks proposals for projects that will support increased organizational capacity and long-term effectiveness of watershed organizations working to implement elements of Opportunities for Action: An Evolving Plan for the Future of the Lake Champlain Basin.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      LCBP - Lake Champlain Basin Program
    • Local Match Requirement
      Not required but beneficial
    • Award Amount
      Up to $20,000
    • Deadline
      January 13, 2023
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Climate, Conservation, Water Quality
  • Water Source Protection Loan Program

    Supports municipal water systems' purchase of land or conservation easements to protect public water sources. Proposals must include a hydrogeologically-delineated source protection area, an approved Source Protection Plan, and must demonstrate how the project will directly promote public health protection or compliance with national drinking water regulations.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      ANR - Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
    • Local Match Requirement
      3% interest, 20-year term
    • Award Amount
      Max - $200,000
    • Deadline
      Rolling
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal
    • Project Categories
      Conservation, Infrastructure, Water and Wastewater
  • Water & Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program

    This program provides funding for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and storm water drainage to households and businesses in eligible rural areas. Eligible areas must have 10,000 or fewer inhabitants, and the median household income must be below the poverty line or less than 80% of the statewide non-MSA median household income. Also see the related Water & Waste Disposal Loan Guarantee program.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      USDA-RD - US Department of Agriculture Rural Development
    • Local Match Requirement
      Varies - see loan terms
    • Award Amount
      Varies
    • Deadline
      National Pool - April
      State Pool - December
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit, RPC, State
    • Project Categories
      Infrastructure, Water and Wastewater
  • Water & Waste Disposal Predevelopment Grant

    This program helps low-income rural communities plan and develop applications for USDA Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal direct loan/grant and loan guarantee programs. Eligible areas must have 10,000 or fewer inhabitants, and the median household income must be below the poverty line or less than 80% of the statewide non-MSA median household income.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      USDA-RD - US Department of Agriculture Rural Development
    • Local Match Requirement
      25%
    • Award Amount
      Max - $30,000
    • Deadline
      National Pool - April
      State Pool - December
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit, RPC, State
    • Project Categories
      Infrastructure, Planning, Water and Wastewater
  • Watershed Grant Program

    Since its creation in 1998, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department's Watershed Grant Program has supported the protection, restoration, enhancement, and public appreciation of Vermont’s lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams. The grant program also supports efforts to improve surface water quality in keeping with stated habitat improvement objectives. The program provides grants to towns, nonprofit organizations and community groups with specific watershed projects.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      ANR - Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
    • Local Match Requirement
      None
    • Award Amount
      Varies up to $10,000
    • Deadline
      February
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Conservation District, Municipal, Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Conservation, Engagement, Recreation, Transportation, Water Quality
  • Windham Foundation Grants

    The Windham Foundation offers a grants program with a mission of supporting the vitality of small-town life. Grants are awarded four times a year to support educational programs, local food initiatives, land conservation for public use, environmental protection, social services, cultural resources, and historic preservation.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      Windham Foundation
    • Local Match Requirement
      50%
    • Award Amount
      Generally up to $10,000
    • Deadline
      Multiple
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit, RPC, State
    • Project Categories
      Agriculture, Art, Conservation, Engagement, Equity and Social Justice, Historic Preservation, Placemaking
  • CWIP Woody Riparian Buffer Planting Block Grant

    A part of the Vermont Clean Water Initiative Program (CWIP), this grant supports the implementation of high-priority, cost-effective, native riparian woody buffer plantings and associated non-chemical site preparation activities.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      ANR - Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, VACD - Vermont Association of Conservation Districts, WUV - Watersheds United Vermont
    • Local Match Requirement
      None required
    • Award Amount
      Min - $50,000
    • Deadline
      Rolling
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Municipal, Non-profit
    • Project Categories
      Conservation, Water Quality
  • Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC) Initiative

    The WORC Initiative addresses persistent economic distress by aligning community-led economic and workforce development strategies and activities. This ensures long-term economic resilience and enables workers in the regions to succeed in current and future job opportunities and to remain and thrive in these communities. The WORC Initiative also:
    • Creates economic mobility;
    • Addresses historic inequities for marginalized communities of color and other underserved or underrepresented communities; and
    • Produces high-quality employment outcomes for workers who live or work in the Appalachian, Delta, and Northern Border regions.
    • Funding Agency or Organization
      NBRC - Northern Border Regional Commission
    • Local Match Requirement
      No match required; leveraging considered in screening
    • Award Amount
      $150,000 - $1.5 million
    • Deadline
      July
    • Competitive?
      Competitive
    • Eligible Organizations
      Business, Municipal, Non-profit, RPC, State
    • Project Categories
      Economic Development, Equity and Social Justice, Planning