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


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

VT Agency of Agriculture Farming Sustainability and Food Projects Grants: Funding $2000-$5000 for each project. Application will be open from 1/7/19-1/31/19

Vermont Climate Model Communities Program Two towns will be selected to increase local economic prosperity by identifying home, business, and community solutions to address climate change. Application closes 1/18/19

Emerald Ash Borer Grants: VT Urban and Community Forestry is offering up to $2000 in cost-share grants for municipal planning. Application ends 1/31/19

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

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

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



REAP Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance Program– Federal grant that funds up to $100,000 on each project, application closes 2/1/2019. For more background information, click here


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



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



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 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

Vtrans Better Connections Grant– Planning projects that inform local policy decisions, identify priorities, guide future investment, and facilitate the implementation of projects. Pre-Appplication Meeting deadline 12/31/18

Downtown Transportation Fund Grants– $100,000 available for funding for projects like projects include streetscape improvements, bicycle & pedestrian amenities, utility relocation, street lighting, and way-finding signage. This year’s application also includes funding for storm water implementation projects. Contact Gary Holloway, the Downtown Program Coordinator at 802-828-3220. Application due 3/11/19 


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