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Do you have the information, tools and resources you need to make the place you call home better? Do you want to make your city or town more attractive, vibrant, and prosperous? Did you know that Municipal Planning Grants have helped communities all over Vermont implement town plan recommendations and jump-start initiatives to find wastewater solutions, update zoning regulations to increase local housing options, and develop strategic plans to diversify the local economy? 

Towns may apply for up to $22,000 and joint applications from several municipalities (a consortium) may apply for up to $35,000.  A wide range of municipal planning and implementation activities are eligible for funding. Strong grant applications must demonstrate community engagement and buy-in, you are encouraged to contact now to stakeholders and discuss local needs, opportunities, and strategies for change.  

Please review the Program Description for eligibility requirements and use the new Application Guide and the criteria for successful applications. Even the smallest Vermont towns can write a winning application and open doors to new opportunities.

Application schedule for the 2020 Grants:

  • Online application (GEARS) opens for use: August 1, 2019
  • Training videos posted: August 1, 2019
  • RPC confirmation of municipal planning process (for eligibility): September 30, 2019
  • Application Deadline: 6:00 p.m., September 30, 2019
  • Award Decisions: Early December 2019 

If you have any questions about the Municipal Planning Grants or wish to discuss project ideas, please contact Administrative Services Coordinator Jenni Lavoie at Jennifer.Lavoie@vermont.gov or 802-828-1948.