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.
Spark Connecting Community Grants Second Round Open
Funding is now available through the Spark Connecting Community second round of 2020 grant making. Awards range from $500 to $3,000 to further grassroots work that benefits the people and projects of Vermont communities. First-time grant writers are encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted through 5:00pm on Thursday, October 15, 2020.
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.
COVID-19 Testing Guidance for Employers
The Department of Health has updated information regarding COVID-19 testing in the workplace. The Department of Health does not recommend requiring asymptomatic employees to test for COVID-19 or provide proof of a negative test prior to returning to work, unless that person is looking to end their quarantine period early. Visit the Department of Health’s website to learn more about when testing is and is not recommended for your employees.
COVID-19 Recovery Visits: From Recovery to Renewal and Resilience
The Local Support and Community Action Team of the Governor's Economic Mitigation and Recovery Task Force is launching a series of virtual forums, facilitated by the Vermont Council on Rural Development, in every county across the state to: Share challenges and ideas for community recovery; connect to others working to respond, recover and build long-term resilience; and meet with a “visiting team” of state, federal, business and nonprofit leaders. All are welcome to participate in their county's forum and registration is required. If you need assistance or have questions about the forum or how to join, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.