Quick Guide to Funding for Towns



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.

See “Municipal Highway & Stormwater Mitigation Grants” in the Transportation section below


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

Small Grants for Smart Growth: A program run by the Vermont Natural Resources Council that offers between $500-$1500 per smart growth project. It provides seed money for community-based, local initiatives related to smart growth. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and require a two page proposal. To learn more and apply, check out: http://vnrc.org/…/sustainabl…/small-grants-for-smart-growth/ or contact Kate McCarthy kmccarthy@vnrc.org

Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program USDA Rural Development provides funding to build and modernize educational, health care, food system, municipal, child care, public safety, and many more types of essential community facilities in qualified rural areas. Application Deadline: Ongoing

Spark! Connecting Community Grants– “We aim to support grassroots work that builds social capital—the connective tissue of our communities. Could include projects like: Out of school and/or experiential learning opportunities; Establishing a garden at a child care center; Community-created public art to support downtown revitalization; A nature trail to support environmental education and encourage healthy exercise; A creative program for people in recovery from drug and substance abuse; A community diversity event and dialogue in a town experiencing changing demographics.” Due September 31, 2019


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.



 Contact Dee Gish at dgish@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 Littlefield at vlittlefield@trorc.org.



-RiseVT Amplify Grants (view grant for Orange or Windsor): For towns in Orange or Windsor County that have established RiseVT programs, grants from $250-1500 are available for community partners with projects that “make the healthy choice the easy choice where we live, work, learn, and play.” Rolling applications.



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 Littlefield at vlittlefield@trorc.org



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 Kevin Geiger at kgeiger@trorc.org for more information.

MPG Grants: Towns may apply for up to $22,000 and joint applications from several municipalities (a consortium) may apply for up to $35,000.    Due 9/30/2019



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.

Municipal Highway & Stormwater Mitigation Grants: Funding through this program must have a transportation link. Eligible projects include: any environmental mitigation activity, including pollution prevention and abatement activities; mitigation to address stormwater management or control; and water pollution prevention or abatement related to highway construction or runoff. 20% match required, with no cap on the amount of funding. Applications due 10/4/2019.


Utilities and Services

Contact Tory Littlefield  at vlittlefield@trorc.org