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Did you know that Municipal Planning Grants (MPGs) can be used to increase the economic vitality of your community? The Town of Bennington used a series of MPG-funded projects to do just that, starting with an action-oriented town plan and implementing it through a series of projects that helped the town make progress towards its revitalization goals. The Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development is offering Vermont towns and cities an opportunity to achieve similar results by competing for $450,000 in MPG funds this year.

Up to $20,000 will be awarded to eligible municipalities chosen through a competitive selection process. See the FY18 MPG Program Description for details on eligibility, funding, and the competitive criteria. Grant applications are due Monday, October 2, 2017, and grants will be awarded by mid-December.

A wide range of municipal planning activities are eligible for funding but projects that fit into one of the statewide priorities will have a higher likelihood of receiving grant funds. For FY18, the statewide priorities will focus on plans, bylaws and studies for villages, downtowns, and walkable neighborhoods with an emphasis on housing, and on correcting conflicts and inconsistencies in plans and bylaws.

All applications must be submitted through an online grants management system. We recommend that you develop the application off-line first using the Application Instructions and resources available on the Applicant Guidance page.

If you are new to MPGs or need a refresher, sign up for a GoToWebinar training on using the system and preparing a competitive MPG application on Tuesday, August 8, from noon to 12:45. Contact DHCD staff here for more information and to register. Space is limited.