The Department of Housing and Community Development has opened the 2017 Municipal Planning Grant program and is now accepting applications.  Up to $20,000 will be awarded to eligible municipalities chosen through a competitive selection process. See the FY17 MPG Program Description for details on eligibility, funding and the competitive criteria. Grant applications are due October 31, 2016 and grants will be awarded by mid-December.

A wide range of municipal planning activities are eligible for funding but projects that fit into one of the statewide priorities will have a higher likelihood of receiving grant funds. For FY17, the statewide priorities will focus on plans, bylaws and studies for villages, downtowns, and walkable neighborhoods with an emphasis on housing, and on correcting conflicts and inconsistencies in plans and bylaws.

All applications must be submitted through our online grants management system that will be available for use by mid-August. You are strongly urged to develop the application off-line first using the Application Questions.

Training on using the system and preparing a competitive MPG application will be offered through GoToMeeting on Thursday, September 8 from Noon – 12:45. Contact DHCD staff here for more information and to register. Space is limited. Additional resources to help you create a great planning project will be available on the MPG website in August.

The Regional Commission is available to assist communities with the application process for Grants totaling $10,000 or less.  Please note that new administrative requirements for the MPG program include a full bid process for MPG applications over $10,000.  Due to  conflict of interest issues (as a potential contractor), TRORC will be unable to assist with applications over $10,000.

For more information on how TRORC can help, contact Chris Sargent at 802-457-3188 ext.12