The Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) invests in community and economic development projects in economically distressed counties across Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York. In Vermont, all 14 counties are included in the NBRC eligible service territory.
Municipalities, public and not-for-profit entities are eligible applicants. Applications for grant funding can focus on economic development projects in any of the following areas:
• Transportation infrastructure
• Critical infrastructure / Construction
• Telecommunications infrastructure (Broadband)
• Workforce, businesses, entrepreneurial and technology development
• Resources and open space conservation, tourism and recreation
• Renewable and alternative energy
NBRC – Regional Forest Economy Partnership (RFEP)
The Regional Forest Economy Partnership grant competition closed Friday, August 28, 2020. The Commission received 20 letters of interest (LOI), representing all NBRC states. Requests total over $12.5 Million, and the total size of the projects collectively exceed over $43.5 Million. There is $5 Million in available funding pending deployment across the NBRC service territory. These letters of interest will go to the NBRC RFEP Advisory Board (with representatives from each of the 4 member states) who will determine which LOI’s advance to the application stage; which is by invitation only. The applications are due October 30, 2020.
NBRC - Regional Forest Economy Partnership details are available here: https://www.nbrc.gov/content/RFEP
NBRC – Economic and Infrastructure Development (EID) – 2020 Awardees announced:
- Randolph Area Community Development Corporation – $475,000: For infrastructure development including roads, utilities, water/sewer, sidewalks, and lighting.
- East Calais Community Trust – $105,000: To reopen the shuttered East Calais General Store on Route 14 as an essential community resource for locals and travelers alike.
- Food Connects (Brattleboro) – $184,250: For state-wide infrastructure essential to food security and to increase capacity of 80 farms and food producers to reach new markets within and outside of Vermont.
- Vermont Foodbank (Barre) – $250,000: To support the renovation of the Barre facility, which serves Vermont's food insecure population.
- Catamount Arts (St. Johnsbury) – $250,000: For place-based creative programming/events that will leverage unique community assets to respond to economic impacts of COVID-19 in the NEK.
- Fairbanks Museum (St. Johnsbury) – $350,000: To construct Vermont’s first demonstration mass timber building and use the project for workforce training and the Science Annex.
- Town of South Hero – $110,000: To install 1,500 feet of village center water main along Route 2 from Hill Rd to Carter Lane.
- Richford Grocery (NOTCH) – $175,000: To complete acquisition of a grocery store for ownership and operation as the State’s first non-profit social grocery.
- Vermont Council on Rural Development – $286,000: To build long-term recovery and economic resiliency projects in Vermont communities, share recovery best practices and connect projects with state, federal and public/private COVID-19 recovery assistance.
- Vermont Housing and Conservation Board – $256,907: The Vermont Farm and Forest Viability Program will provide 90 working lands businesses with coaching to help them recover from COVID-19 disruptions.
- Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund – $210,000: To increase forest-based economic activity across the State of Vermont.
- Town of Fletcher – $439,443: To build a fiber-to-the-home telecom network to the 34 miles of residences and businesses that do not currently have access to broadband.
- City of Rutland – $350,000: Acquisition of the athletic facility (20.4 acres of the 116-acre former College of St. Joseph campus) for use as a recreational/community facility for Rutland County.
- Town of Montgomery – $507,107: For a new centralized wastewater project serving the Village Center.
- Town of Highgate – $482,053: To create a 6,300 foot extension of water and sewer infrastructure from the entrance of MVU High School along US Route 78 to Airport Road.
Vermont’s NBRC – Economic and Infrastructure Development announcement available here: https://accd.vermont.gov/press-releases/leahy-sanders-welch-and-scott-an...
Governor Scott is represented on the Commission by his chosen Alternate, Ted Brady, Deputy Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Commerce & Community Development.