Quick Guide to Funding for Towns

 

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

All towns and incorporated villages in the TRORC region are “non-entitlement units of government” (NEUs). Based on their populations, each will be getting their share of ARPA funding in four allotments. Local funding amounts can be found lower down through a link on this VLCT page.

Payments are expected on the following schedule:

  • 1st local payment August 2021
  • 1st payment of reallocated County funds: around Labor Day 2021
  • 2nd local payment around August 2022
  • 2nd payment of reallocated County funds: around Labor Day 2022

Do not feel you have to rush to spend these. Funds must be obligated (promised through subgrant or contract) by December 31, 2024 and actually spent by December 31, 2026. That is a lot of time, but if you are going to do a large project that does not have engineering and permits yet, you will likely need it.

On January 6, 2022, Treasury issued its long-awaited Final Rule (overview found HERE) which guides the use of ARPA funds.  It contains many changes, among them the treatment of revenue loss.

“The Final Rule offers a standard allowance for revenue loss of $10 million, allowing recipients to select between a standard amount of revenue loss or complete a full revenue loss calculation. Recipients that select the standard allowance may use that amount – in many cases their full award – for government services, with streamlined reporting requirements.” (Overview page 4)

This would be “a one-time, irrevocable election to utilize either the revenue loss formula or the standard allowance.” (Final Rule page 240)  This election must be made during the April 30, 2022 reporting period.  Otherwise your town will have to follow the regular guidance by project type.

LATEST VLCT GUIDANCE PDF, JUNE 2022 – Non-Federal Match is now allowed, explicitly for IIJA/BIL programs, but also generally as it is included under Section G., page 368 of the final rule, up to the amount of the recipient’s reduction in revenue; there is a new Expenditure Category for it – 6.2 Non-Federal Match for Other Federal Programs. 

TRORC staff are available to help with eligibility questions and facilitating community dialogues about how to spend ARPA funding.  Both VLCT and TRORC staff are here to assist you. You can email [email protected] or [email protected] for assistance.  With high inflation it’s not as much money as you might think, definitely not once in lifetime funds for your town…so use it wisely. 100k doesn’t go as far as it used to!

Should my town/city/village include ARPA funds in our annual filing of the Subrecipient Annual Report to the State of Vermont?

Yes.  When you are completing the Subrecipient Annual Report (found HERE), you must include only the  ARPA* funds that were expended during your fiscal year for which you are reporting.  Here is what you should include for your local ARPA funds:  

In Section III – Subrecipient Schedule of Federal Expenditure:

  • CFDA Number (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance) CFDA numbers have been replaced with ALN (Assistance Listing Number).  The ALN for ARPA is 21.027.
  • Granting Agency/Department – U.S. Dept. of the Treasury
  • Grant Number – Use your assigned “Town ID” number which can be found HERE.
  • Expenditures – enter your total ARPA expenditures  for the fiscal year on which you are reporting.  (DO NOT enter the total amount of your award or the total amount of cash you’ve received – you report APRA expenditures only.)

* If you expended any ARPA funds as a “subrecipient” of a grant from an entity other than the U.S. Department of the Treasury (ex. a grant from an Agency or Department of the State of Vermont), then you must also report these funds in the Subrecipient Annual Report and do so separately from your local ARPA funds.  They will have the same CFDA/ALN Number but the Granting Agency and Grant Number will be different. 

If you received any ARPA funds as a “beneficiary,” then you do not need to include these funds in this report. 

If you are unsure whether you are “subrecipient” or a “beneficiary,” please read this FAQ: What is the difference between a “beneficiary” and a “subrecipient”? and if you are still unsure, then reach out to the Agency, Department or entity that awarded the funds to your town/city/village.

ARPA AMOUNTS

Barnard Town Windsor County $277,104.43
Bethel Town Windsor County $583,204.68
Bradford Town Orange County $807,399.18
Braintree Town Orange County $357,216.59
Bridgewater Town Windsor County $287,865.77
Brookfield Town Orange County $400,859.79
Chelsea Town Orange County $385,913.49
Corinth Town Orange County $425,969.58
Fairlee Town Orange County $292,947.50
Granville Town Addison County $91,471.36
Hancock Town Addison County $99,542.37
Hartford Town Windsor County $2,856,537.14
Hartland Town Windsor County $1,048,333.59
Newbury Town Orange County $422,382.47
Newbury Village Orange County $106,118.74
Norwich Town Windsor County $1,019,038.83
Pittsfield Town Rutland County $165,306.10
Plymouth Town Windsor County $179,355.62
Pomfret Town Windsor County $254,983.90
Randolph Town Orange County $1,370,276.87
Rochester Town Windsor County $325,231.52
Royalton Town Windsor County $858,216.63
Sharon Town Windsor County $457,356.83
Stockbridge Town Windsor County $211,340.70
Strafford Town Orange County $318,655.14
Thetford Town Orange County $756,581.75
Topsham Town Orange County $362,896.19
Tunbridge Town Orange County $398,767.31
Vershire Town Orange County $222,998.81
Wells River Village Orange County $114,488.67
West Fairlee Town Orange County $203,269.69
Woodstock Town Windsor County $616,385.47
Woodstock Village Windsor County $256,478.53

 

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 Sarah Wraight at [email protected].

 

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 [email protected].

State funding for service provider grants and business grants. These funds are to support the development of Vermont-based agriculture and forest products businesses. Service provider grants range from $5,000-$20,000 for projects including business planning, pilot programs, market development, etc. Business grants can range from $5,000-$150,000 depending on the grant category, for projects including research and development, infrastructure improvements, enhancing production, etc.

 

Designated Downtowns and Villages

This seven-page document is a list of grant programs in Vermont that are available to Designated Downtowns and Villages: CPR Funding Directory

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 contact Kate McCarthy [email protected]

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

Working Cities Challenge Grant– Do you have a vision for your community?This is a grant competition designed to support cross-sector teams working collaboratively to build strong, healthy economies and communities in Vermont’s rural towns, regions, and small cities. Six cross-sector teams that each represent a group of rural towns, a region, or a small city in Vermont will be awarded a 4-5 month grant of $10,000-$15,000 to participate in the Planning Phase.  Three teams will be selected for implementation grants of $300K over a three year period and supported with technical assistance.

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 [email protected].

https://vem.vermont.gov/funding/mitigation

 

Energy

Contact Geoff Martin at [email protected]

 

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 Kevin Geiger at [email protected].

 

Health

-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.

 

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 Kevin Geiger at [email protected]

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 Kevin Geiger at [email protected].

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 [email protected].

Transportation Alternatives Program– State funding for projects that support transportation alternatives: routes for non-drivers, conversion of abandoned railroad, construction of viewing area, community improvement activities, environmental mitigation activities, and more. Requires a minimum of 20% match, and 50% match of total project cost for scoping studies.

Utilities and Services

Contact Kevin Geiger  at [email protected]