New Economic & Infrastructure Grant Program for Addison County

Thanks to our Congressional delegation, recent passage of the federal Farm Bill included expansion of the territory eligible for grants under the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC), to include the entire State of Vermont. Formerly, only the northern-most counties were eligible. For information on the NBRC program, click here or on the Vermont NBRC page here: ACCD

Between $1.5 - $2.5 million will now be available for economic and infrastructure projects, with a $500,000 max award for infrastructure project and $250,000 for other projects. Addison is considered a "transitional county" which requires a 50% match. Application will be available in February, with letters of intent (LOI) due on March 30 and application due in May. Eligible applicants are public bodies, 501(c) non-profits, Native American Tribes, and state government, for projects that focus on: 

  • Transportation infrastructure
  • Basic public infrastructure
  • Telecommunications infrastructure
  • Workforce development, entrepreneurship and businesses & technology development
  • Resources & open space conservation, tourism and recreation
  • Renewable & alternative energy

Tim will also provide information on the Regional Forest Economy Partnership grant opportunity. The NBRC just released a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) with separate funding to address the declining forest products industry. 

The Addison County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC) and the Addison County Regional Planning Commission (ACRPC) are hosting an informational briefing by the VT Agency of Commerce. On Thursday February 21, from 10:00 to 11:30 am at the Middlebury Town Hall in the Selectboard Chambers,  Tim Tierney from the Department of Economic Development (DED) within the Vermont Agency of Commerce & Community Development (ACCD) will be in Addison County to provide information to potential applicants for the 2019 NBRC grant round. Points of discussion will include the goals of the NBRC, the application process and the scoring criteria used by reviewers.