Applications Sought for Community Grants

The Better Connections Program (formerly known as the Strong Communities, Better Connections Program) seeks to align state and local investments to increase transportation options, build resilience, and strengthen economic vitality in Vermont’s community centers, through an annual grant program administered by Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans), in partnership with the Vermont Agency of Commerce & Community Development (ACCD). Municipalities annually compete for approximately $200,000 in projects funds. A 10% local cash match is required.

The program supports implementation-focused, municipal planning initiatives that:
  • Provide safe, multi-modal and resilient transportation systems that supports the Vermont economy
  • Support downtown and village economic development and revitalization efforts
  • Lead directly to project implementation

The grant application schedule includes a pre-application meeting on December 16, 2016 and the application deadline is January 13, 2017. Grantees will be notified on February 20, 2017. 

Eligible project categories include (but are not limited to) Activity Center Plans, Corridor Transportation & Land Use Plans (CTLUP), and Innovative Transportation & Land Use Guidelines & Policies. The Better Connections Program grants are for planning work leading to local policy decisions and implementation. Projects should address land use and development, context-sensitive design, transportation network connectivity and roadway design, water quality, green and grey infrastructure capacity, and economic development. All projects must support the Program Purpose and Objectives, include an effective community visioning process,  and  develop an implementation plan. The implementation plan should coincide with capital projects identified in the regional and municipal plan, municipal capital plan or the VTrans Capital Program. Previously funded projects in Addison County include the Vergennes Downtown Master Plan to improve hiking & walking connections.

For more info and application materials, click here.