The Municipal Planning Grant (MPG) program encourages and supports planning and revitalization for local municipalities in Vermont. Awarded annually and administered by the Department of Housing and Community Development, the MPG program works to strengthen Vermont by funding local planning initiatives that support statewide planning goals. Since 1998, the MPG program has provided over $13 million to 235 cities and towns across Vermont to help breathe new life into communities, plan for future growth and development, and improve the quality of life. See our MPG Program Overview and Case Study for more information.
Information about eligibility, funding priorities, and competitive criteria for fiscal year 2022 can be found in the program description.
Supplementing Municipal Planning Grant funds, Act 74 of 2021 makes an additional $500,000 available specifically for zoning/subdivision bylaw modernization projects. This one-time State funding will be available to support municipal bylaw amendments in FY22 that implement Zoning for Great Neighborhoods, expand choice and opportunity for homes in pedestrian-oriented neighborhoods. The Department recommends that municipalities with bylaw amendment projects that meet this special program's requirements apply for these funds instead of a Municipal Planning Grant; however, a municipality may apply for both Municipal Planning Grant and Bylaw Modernization Grant funds in FY22. Learn more here.
Information about the previous round of grant recipients can be found in our list of FY 2021 Municipal Planning Grant Recipients. For information about previously funded grants see the complete list of projects funded since 1998.
Resources for current grantees including important dates, requisition, amendment, and closeout instructions are available on the Grant Administrators Page.
Members of the planning community from towns large and small and every county in Vermont remain engaged and interested in the program and community planning. Read the results of the FY20 survey here.