Housing Dept awards $464,920 in municipal planning grants

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Housing Dept awards $464,920 in municipal planning grants

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 12:03pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development has awarded $464,920 in Municipal Planning Grants to 37 projects proposed by towns and cities across the state.  Fifty municipalities applied for the grants, requesting over $600,000 to help them prepare for future challenges that they face. 

From a plan to improve and market the village in Alburgh in northern Vermont, to reducing flood risks in Halifax on the southern boundary of the state, these grants support initiatives of towns large and small. Other grants will help towns adopt useful and relevant municipal plans and implement those plans through downtown and village revitalization, updating regulations and improving capital budgeting.  

“As Vermont continues to grow its economy, maintain a high quality of life and attract new people and business to the state, Municipal Planning Grants help communities accelerate local solutions, energize downtowns, and remove barriers to much-needed housing,” said Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development Commissioner Katie Buckley.

Two of this year’s grants will support multi-town collaborations that amplify existing economic opportunities.  The towns of Windsor, West Windsor and Weathersfield will network their existing trails, organizations and resources around Mount Ascutney, improving outdoor recreation and boosting both community health and tourism.  Bennington and Manchester will bring together the people and resources devoted to arts and culture in the region, coordinating efforts to increase their economic and social impact. 

“These grants play an important role in strengthening the Vermont economy,” said Michael Schirling, Secretary of Agency of Commerce and Community Development. "In Bennington, St. Albans and many other towns and cities, this funding helps further local efforts to make our downtowns and local economies even more vibrant.”

For project summaries and local contact information on the 37 grants working to make Vermont communities stronger, please visit the Agency of Commerce and Community Development website.

Source: MONTPELIER, Vt. – The Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development 12.5.2017