The all-new Community Recovery and Revitalization Program (CRRP) now has its application portal ready to accept requests to fund projects that spur economic recovery and revitalization in communities across the state. This new program, proposed by the Scott Administration and passed by the Legislature through Acts 183 and 185, is funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to support capital investment projects that will assist Vermont’s economic recovery effort.
CRRP grants are available to for-profit, nonprofit, and municipal applicants for projects that:
- Assist industries most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic such as arts and entertainment, hospitality, agriculture, and educational services;
- Support childcare and affordable housing opportunities for low and moderate income households;
- Establish or improve municipal water and wastewater systems to build housing or create jobs through business creation and expansion; or
- Are located with a Qualified Census Tract (QCT).
Awards will be made on a rolling, first come, first served basis, with the exception of the first 30 days, during which the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) will prioritize the review of applications that primarily serve BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) communities. ACCD will also prioritize the review of applications from municipalities and organizations located in non-Metropolitan Statistical Areas (non-MSAs) in Addison, Bennington, Caledonia, Essex, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, Rutland, Washington, Windham, and Windsor counties during the initial 30-day priority period.
ACCD hosted a series of five informational webinars unique to each eligible project type and strongly encourages all potential applicants to watch the recordings prior to submitting their application.
There are several webpages with information specific to municipalities.
Full details of the program, webinar recordings, and the application can be found at the Community Recovery and Revitalization Program webpage.