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Training Grants Available to Communities

The Vermont Department of Housing & Community Affairs is offering small grants to help municipal boards and commissions get the training needed to help them perform their duties as defined under 24 V.S.A. Chapter 117. The Municipal Education Grant program (MEG) is designed to bring trainers directly to the community so that all members of the land use boards and commissions have the opportunity for basic and on-going education. Municipalities may apply for a grant of up to $800 any time before May 16, 2008.
Several communities have used MEG funds to work with Smart Growth Vermont on workshops addressing a variety of land use and smart growth topics, including options for controlling rural residential development, planning for highway corridors and avoiding strip development, village and growth center planning, and integrating smart growth principles into local plans and bylaws. For information on the type of workshops available through Smart Growth Vermont contact Brian Shupe at (802) 864-6310. MEG application information is available on-line at: http://www.dhca.state.vt.us/Planning/MEG.htm