The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic is a constantly evolving situation that is important for all of us to be educated and updated on.
Visit our COVID-19 Resources & Information page for updates, information and resources related to the pandemic.
Local Government Expense Reimbursement Grant (LGER) Program
The Local Government Expense Reimbursement Grant program (LGER) is a grant program to help units of local government cover unexpected expenses due to the COVID-19 Public Health emergency. This program is a catch-all for expenses that other programs such as FEMA Public Assistance do not cover, therefore applicants will have to show they’ve explored relevant alternatives, or have expenses under $3,300 that won’t be covered by other programs. However there is money available for a wide range of eligible expenses.
Eligible applicants include:
- Incorporated villages
- Fire districts
- Consolidated water districts
- Consolidated sewer districts
- Solid Waste management districts
Applications are due by 11:59 PM, September 4th.
For more information about the program and application process, view the informational presentation below.
Various regional planning commissions are also hosting training sessions about the LGER program that are open for anyone to participate in. View the flyer here for more information.
Mount Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC) Funding Announcement
Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC) is releasing grant awards to community organizations that address substance misuse through their work. This can be through addressing Social Determinants of Health or building protective factors for a healthy environment.
MAHHC is currently requesting proposals: Community agencies that impact populations across Vermont’s Windsor and Orange counties may apply for funds to build infrastructure and capacity or plan and implement strategies to decrease the initiation or general misuse of any substance by any age group. Funding is provided by the VT Department of Health, Prevention Network Grant. Anyone interested in a grant opportunity must apply — current PNG grantees included.
To download an application and for resources and information to support an application, visit: mappvt.org/PNGgrant
Working Communities Challenge Survey
The Working Communities Challenge team is gathering input from residents of all ages in the Vermont Agency of Human Services Springfield district (Rockingham to Windsor) about their employment experiences.
Click here to fill out the resident survey. All participants will be entered into a drawing for a $10 gift card.
The survey closes on Friday, September 4th.
2021 Municipal Planning Grants
Vermont’s communities face tough challenges responding to and recovering from COVID-19, and the State’s flexible Municipal Planning Grants are ready to support projects for long-term recovery. Now is a great time to consider proposals that boost resilience in your community. Municipal Planning Grants have helped communities just like yours implement town plan recommendations and jump start initiatives like zoning updates to welcome new homes, plans for a state designated area, or economic recovery strategies. A quarter of the funding has been approved to date, and a total of approximately $450,000 will be awarded to municipalities to promote planning, revitalization, and development activities if the legislature level funds.
Towns may apply for up to $22,000 and joint applications from several municipalities (a consortium) may apply for up to $35,000. A wide range of municipal planning and implementation activities are eligible for funding. Strong grant applications demonstrate a clear need and community partnership. I encourage you to reach out to stakeholders now and discuss local needs, opportunities and strategies for change.
Please review the Program Description for eligibility requirements and use the new Application Guide and the criteria for successful applications. Even the smallest Vermont towns can write a winning application and open doors to new opportunities.
Application Schedule for the 2021 Grants:
- Online application (GEARS) opens for use: August 1, 2020
- Training webinar: August 19, 2020 (Register here)
- RPC confirmation of municipal planning process (for eligibility): September 30, 2020
- Application Deadline: October 1 @ 6:00 p.m., 2020
- Award Decisions: Early December 2020
We look forward to helping you develop creative solutions to improve your community. If you have any questions about the Municipal Planning Grants or wish to talk through project ideas, please do not hesitate to contact Jennifer.Lavoie@vermont.gov, or 802-828-1948.
State Rail Plan and State Freight Plan Updates
VTrans is currently updating both the State Rail Plan as well as the State Freight Plan. These updates are coordinated given the importance to Vermont of freight moved by rail. For more information, click the following hyperlinks for the coordinated project newsletter and the Rail Plan project webpage.
Development Review Training for Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodations
Materials from the June 23rd development review presentation as well as a recording of the training are now available:
The SWCRPC Has Office Space for Rent!
For additional information or to arrange a viewing, contact us at 802-674-9201 and ask to speak with Chris Titus.
Elders and Persons with Disabilities (E&D) Transportation Survey Results
The E&D Transportation program assists older adults and persons with disabilities in getting to medical appointments, to the local adult day facilities, to senior meal sites, and essential shopping. In January and February of this year, Southeast VT Transit together with SWCRPC and the Windham Regional Commission surveyed riders who used this service in 2019. The results of the survey will help to inform future changes and improvements to the E&D program in our region. The summary results of the survey and an accompanying list of action items can be found here. This document will be mailed to survey participants. For more information on the E&D program in Vermont, visit VTrans’ E&D web page.
Keys to the Valley June Newsletter
The Keys to the Valley Initiative is a collaboration between the Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission, Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission, and Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission (Tri-Commissions). The project seeks to better understand the need for homes in our 67-town region and to find solutions to the housing challenges that our communities and residents face.
Following the completion of their recent public opinion survey, Keys to the Valley has released their June newsletter highlighting various aspects of housing in our region, including creative housing options, senior housing and the incorporation of transportation into housing. The newsletter can be found here.