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Applicant Guidance

Applying for Funding

VCDP accepts applications on a rolling basis.  However, it is recommended that you submit your application prior to the target dates listed below for the corresponding board meeting.  For more information see — *Guidance on ApplyingTimeline for the review process.

The VCDP pre-application is now required to be submitted to DHCD/VCDP for all projects in order to be eligible to apply for FY 2024 funding in our next program year beginning on July 1, 2024.  VCDP Pre-applications are due no later than July 15, 2024, for a full application to be eligible to seek funding at our November Community Development Board meeting.  

2024 Community Development Board Meetings (July 2024-June 2025)

Pre-App Due Public Hearing Notice Dates Public Hearing Dates Submission Date for Application  CD Board Meeting Schedule
Jul. 15, 2024 Aug. 28, 2024 Sep. 12, 2024 Sep. 17, 2024 Nov. 13, 2024
Jan. 22, 2025 Mar. 19, 2025 Apr. 3, 2025 Apr. 8, 2025 Jun. 5, 2025

2023 Community Development Board Meetings (July 2023-June 2024)

Target Dates for Pre-App Public Hearing Notice Dates Public Hearing Dates Submission Date for Application  CD Board Meeting Schedule
Jun. 21, 2023 Aug. 23, 2023 Sep. 7, 2023 Sep. 12, 2023 Nov. 9, 2023
Nov. 15, 2023 Jan. 17, 2024 Feb. 1, 2024 Feb. 6, 2024 Apr. 4, 2024  - CANCELED
Jan. 24, 2024 Mar. 20, 2024 Apr. 4, 2024 Apr. 9, 2024 Jun. 6, 2024

Application Assistance

Resources to assist in the VCDP grant application process:

Application Requirements

  • Municipality must hold at least one public hearing to provide residents with an opportunity to learn and comment on the proposal.  The public hearing notice must appear in a newspaper of general circulation in the area at least 15 days prior to the date the hearing is held (10 V.S.A. § 684) and the public hearing must be held at least 5 days before the application is submitted to the Agency.  So long as a physical location is provided for attendees and one member of the public body is present, public hearings may occur as hybrid digital/physical meetings wherein members of the public and/or public body attend in person or digitally.  

Flowchart of publishing the public hearing notice for the application to comply with 15 day rule through submission

  • A municipality must have an adopted municipal plan in place that is in accordance with 24 V.S.A chapter 117, subchapter 5, “Municipal Development Plan”.
  • All VCDP applications are submitted by Municipal Officials of their respective municipality.   
  • All applications are submitted through the Online Grants Management System (GEARS).

Specific Questions