Brownfields

TRORC has funding to assess sites, but the state of Vermont has its own program.  There may also be federal cleanup grants available to towns.  Contact Kevin Geiger at kgeiger@trorc.org.

Conservation and Environment

Grants to improve waters, conserve habitat, recycle, conserve farm or forest land, or to provide outreach and education in these areas have a variety of grants.  Contact Pete Fellows at pfellows@trorc.org.

Economic Development

Some Community Development Block Grants can provide business expansion loans from the Vermont Community Development Program.  These are granted to the town that applies and then loaned to the business, who in turn repays the town.  These funds then stay in the town and must be used for similar purposes.  Other types of loans and grants exist.  Please contact the Small Business Development Center

Emergency Grants

There are a variety of grants and other assistance that can help local response agencies and communities better avoid, prepare, plan for, and equip themselves to deal with the variety of emergencies they will face. Since many grants involve applications for federal funds and many local officials are volunteers who may be unfamiliar with the administrative requirements of such grants, TRORC staff are available to help communities apply for and administer grants. Contact Kevin Geiger at kgeiger@trorc.org.

Handicapped Access

Towns can access grants to install ramps and elevators, or planning grants to ready themselves for such applications through the Vermont Community Development Program.   Contact Tory Levite at vlevite@trorc.org.

Housing

The best source of funding to actually produce affordable housing is through a Community Development Block Grant from the Vermont Community Development Program.   Contact Tory Levite at vlevite@trorc.org.

Planning

The main source of grants for writing town plans, zoning and subdivision bylaws, and capital budgets is the Municipal Planning Grant program.  These are usually announced in the summer and due in September.

Contact Chris Sargent at csargent@trorc.org for more information.

Transportation

There are both state and federal grants for highway, pedestrian, transit, and bicycling transportation projects that can fund studying a need and developing a project scope, as well as actually building projects.  Contact Rita Seto at rseto@trorc.org.