Municipal Planning Grants Announced
The Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development recently announced $464,000 in Municipal Planning Grant awards to 38 communities across Vermont. This year’s Municipal Planning Grants range from $3,159 to $20,000 with total requests exceeding $780,000. Competitively awarded, 69 total applications were reviewed with 38 projects selected throughout Vermont. “These grants support diverse, locally-driven projects that address a range of issues from housing and economic development to steps that reduce future flood damages,” said Josh Hanford, Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Housing and Community Development.
In the BCRC Region, funds were awarded for projects in Manchester and Bennington. Manchester will use $25,000 in grant and local funds to hire a consultant to conduct a charrette and create a physical master plan for downtown, including its designated village center, that integrates prior planning and illustrates an inspirational, shared community vision for the future. Bennington’s $8,000 project involves a transportation infrastructure study that will focus on barriers to walking and bicycling in an area within that community’s Designated Growth Center. The study will identify problems and recommend short and long term solutions.