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Upcoming Sustainable Communities Events, Resources, and Opportunities

Sustainable communities that are inclusive, diversified, and connected are key to strengthening the resilience of Vermonters in the face of environmental, economic, and social change. Your voice is a crucial part of achieving this vision for Vermont’s communities. Following up on our recent Sustainable Communities Program Update, we are happy to share the following resources and opportunities for you to add your voice to the ongoing work of strengthening our communities’ resilience.

Caring Commutes 

Category: Event

Date: Nov. 1-20

Description: Record your greener trips in your Go! Vermont account and when a total of 2,500 trips have been recorded we’ll donate $1,000 to the Vermont Foodbank. Not a member yet? It’s not too late to sign up.

Stewarding Community Forests Webinar

Category: Education & Training

Date: Nov. 15, 2022

Description: ​​This is the first webinar in the series Building the New Forest Future, presented by the Northern Forest Center. Panelists from across the region will discuss the value of community-owned and managed forests and how to develop priorities to meet community needs. The series is free.

VT Statewide Housing Conference

Category: Event

Date: Nov. 16, 2022

Description: The 2022 in-person event will cover a range of topics like housing development, single family financing, affordable housing, homelessness, housing policy, local planning, and other special topics. Hilton Burlington, 7:45am-7:00pm.

Municipal Planning Grants

Category: Funding Opportunity 

Date: Dec. 1, 2022

Description: The MPG program works to strengthen Vermont communities by funding local planning initiatives. A wide range of municipal planning and implementation activities are eligible for funding with a small local match of 10%. Individual towns may apply, or joint applications from several municipalities can be submitted. The grant program is administered by the VT Department of Housing & Community Development. Questions? Contact Jacob Hemmerick (802) 828-5249 [email protected]

VCDA Fall Conference

Category: Event

Date: Dec. 6, 2022

Description: VT Community Development Association Fall Conference will be held at The Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph. Registration opens soon.

Building Resilient Infrastructure Communities (BRIC) Program 

Category: Funding Opportunity 

Date: Dec. 9, 2022

Description: Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities FEMA’s annual funding program is open for eligible applicants with funds available for Municipalities (with an approved Local Hazard Mitigation Plan in place), State Agencies, and Regional Planning Commissions. 

Vermont Transportation Alternatives Program

Category: Funding Opportunity 

Date: Dec. 14, 2022

Description: SFY 2023 funding is available for all eligible activities described as transportation alternatives in the Application Guide. 50% of the program funds are reserved for environmental mitigation projects relating to stormwater and highways including eligible salt and sand shed projects. Note: A webinar is offered Nov 16th from 10:00 -11:30 am to better understand the requirements associated with federal-aid projects.

Communities Caring for Canopy

Category: Funding Opportunity 

Date: Dec. 30, 2022

Description: This grant provides seed funding to help towns develop and sustain community-wide programs for trees and forests in public places and right-of-ways.

Bonus round of funding for the Downtown and Village Center Tax Credit Program

Category: Funding Opportunity

Date: Jan. 16, 2023

Description: A BONUS round of funding for the Downtown and Village Center Tax Credit Program is available for projects that improve building safety and enhance the historic character of commercial and community buildings in designated communities. The credits support general rehabilitation work, facade improvements, code compliance work, and flood mitigation projects. Questions? [email protected]

Better Places

Category: Funding Opportunity 

Date: Projects are accepted on a rolling basis while funding lasts

Description: If you are thinking of more parks and green spaces, a vibrant main street, public art projects, and community gardens, Better Places grants can help. The statewide grant program is supported by VT Department of Housing & Community Development, VT Department of Health, and VT Community Foundation. 

Community Heart & Soul 

Category: Funding Opportunity 

Date: Projects are accepted on a rolling basis 

Description:  The Community Heart & Soul Seed Grant Program is uniquely designed for small cities and towns (population 2,500-30,000). Successful applicants will receive $10,000 grants to match funding from a participating municipality or a partnering organization. Read the Grant Guidelines for more information.