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.

Wellborn Ecology Fund– up to $5000 for Upper Valley nonprofits to increase environmental and ecological science knowledge. Due 6/23/19

NPS: Community Assistance in Conservation and Outdoor Recreation: The National Parks Service can help your community with inventories, concept plans, funding sources, mapping, and more. Due 6/30/19, but NPS recommends you contact them 30+ days before the application to review your project..


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

Recreation Economy for Rural Communities Program: (Not a grant) EPA is providing technical assistance to help communities bring together local residents and other stakeholders to decide on strategies and an action plan to grow the local outdoor recreation economy.  Applications due May 31st

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


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.

Rural Fire Protection Grants– up to $5000 per project (requiring a 25% local match) to work on the installation of new dry hydrants & other types of rural water supplies. Also includes repair/upgrade, replacement, and relocation of existing rural water supplies. Applications due 2/1, 4/1, 6/1, and 8/1/19



 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.



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.



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.

-VTrans Bike & Pedestrian Grant Program–  Includes new infrastructure projects that improve access and safety for bicyclists and pedestrians. To learn more click here. Due 6/28/19


Utilities and Services

-USDA Broadband “ReConnect Program” – recently announced, this funding aims to bring high-speed internet e-connectivity to rural America. The application materials will be announced February 2019 with application deadlines in April-June 2019. Click here for a factsheet about the program