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.
Eligible applicants include public or non-profit entities and applications for grant funding can focus on projects in any of the following program areas:
• Transportation infrastructure
• Basic public infrastructure
• Telecommunications infrastructure
• Workforce development, entrepreneurship and businesses and technology development
• Resources and open space conservation, tourism and recreation
• Renewable and alternative energy.
2019 Economic & Infrastructure Development Grants -
Each winter the NBRC solicits Economic & Infrastructure Development Grant proposals. It is highly advised that all interested applicants submit a Letter of Notification to Apply by March 29, 2019, so that State Program Managers and Local Development Districts are aware of your project and can assist you better through the process.
Applications are available on the NBRC’s website (www.nbrc.gov) and due on May 11, 2019.
2019 Regional Forest Economy Partnership Grant -
The NBRC will be awarding grants through its newly launched Regional Forest Economy Partnership to units of government and non-profit organizations across the four-state region from New York to Maine. The grant program aims to address the economic shift produced by the chronic and consistent decline of the forest products industry that has contributed to the displacement of workers and outmigration in much of the region.
Applicants may apply for up to $1 million if they can demonstrate that any one of four criteria are met: an industry change in employment due to a decline in the forest industry, a wage reduction, a mill closure in the past 20 years, or county level outmigration. The NBRC is encouraging applications that have a multi-state benefit.
Interested applicants should visit nbrc.gov/content/Regional-Forest-Economy-Partnership for more information. The NBRC has announced multiple application rounds, timelines listed below. Review the Notice of Funding Opportunity here.
Governor Scott is represented on the Commission by his chosen Alternate, Ted Brady, Deputy Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Commerce & Community Development.
If you have any questions about the Northern Border Regional Commission, please contact Vermont’s NBRC Program Manager, Tim Tierney 802-505-5496 Tim.Tierney@vermont.gov.