Find resources for municipalities on topics such as continuity of operations, financing, open meeting law, remote meetings, and more.
Resources are available on the following topics to assist communities and municipalities:
Municipal Planning Grants
Municipal Planning Grants help communities 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 total of approximately $450,000 will be awarded to municipalities through this program. Towns may apply for up to $22,000 and joint applications from several municipalities (a consortium) may apply for up to $35,000. Review the Program Description for eligibility requirements and use the new Application Guide.
Archived Q&A Webinars for Municipalities
Find previous question and answer webinars with Deputy Secretary Ted Brady that covered best practices, tools, and resources for municipalities. This event series was jointly hosted by the Vermont League of Cities and Towns (VLCT) and ACCD.
COVID-19 FAQs for Municipal Operations
The Vermont League of Cities and Towns offers updated FAQs for municipalities on recent guidance and its legal and practical effects on general municipal operations, as well as information related to municipal services such as dog licensing, access to public records, town office closures and re-openings, and processing zoning applications.
Signage for Businesses and Communities
ACCD has signage available for businesses and communities to help educate customers and visitors as to the guidance and restrictions in place. New signage has been added to reiterate specifically the need to quarantine for those returning to the state, or for those who are visiting the state.
Relaunching Better Connections
After a year off to evaluate and improve the program, the Vermont Agency of Transportation (AOT) and ACCD are pleased to announce the Better Connections grant program is accepting applications. The state is offering $260,000 in Better Connections grant funds to help communities plan for and build vibrant, walkable places. All applicants must submit a letter of intent by January 15, 2021 and a full application by February 19, 2021. For more information, visit the AOT website.
Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act
Consider how the re-opening process and operational changes might impact compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The health and safety guidance provided by ACCD does not negate any obligations as outlined by the ADA. Refer to A Primer for Small Business for additional information.
Funding to Create Better Places
ACCD and the Vermont Community Foundation, along with funding partners the Vermont Arts Council, Preservation Trust of Vermont, and the National Life Group Foundation, are pleased to announce $90,000 in grant funding to launch Better Places, a statewide partnership that will help communities reimagine and reopen public spaces for safe dining, shopping, and recreation, while showcasing the unique sense of place their community offers. Applications are due January 22, 2021.
Municipal Emergency Property Tax Borrowing Program
This program, which went live on June 15, 2020, helps towns that need to borrow on a short-term basis to manage the cash flow effects of statewide education property tax deferrals, or delays in receiving such taxes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program authorizes the State Treasurer to pay the interest that municipalities incur between March 1, 2020 and December 30, 2020. The Vermont Legislature appropriated up to $2.7 million from the Coronavirus Relief Fund for the program. Visit the State Treasurer's website for more information.
UVM Study with Vermont Futures Project
The Vermont Futures Project has partnered with the UVM Center for Research on a statewide survey of people taking refuge in Vermont during the COVID-19 pandemic. The objective is to learn what these temporary residents would need to make Vermont their permanent residence. The results will be shared with community and business leaders, policy makers, and others to help inform our next steps. Please share this survey with your networks.
SBA Announces $10 Billion for CDFIs to Participate in PPP
The Small Business Administration has announced that it is providing $10 billion of round two funding for the Paycheck Protection Program to be lent exclusively by Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). These funds will help to ensure that the Paycheck Protection Program reaches all communities in need of relief during COVID-19.
Public Right of Way Guidance
ACCD worked with VTrans to provide guidance on the use of public rights of way for restaurants and retail businesses. The guidance lays out considerations and steps to ensure social distancing to enable a wider restart of retail operations and restaurants, in a way that does not increase the risk of auto-related injuries, addresses pedestrian safety and accessibility, and shares items towns and businesses should consider when using the street during these times.