Community Recovery and Revitalization Program Now Closed
The Community Recovery and Revitalization Program (CRRP) is no longer accepting applications, and deliberation is ongoing for the fourth and final round of awards. For a list of projects that have already been approved please see the approved project page.
In 2022, the Vermont Legislature, through Act 183 and 185, appropriated $40,000,000 from American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) – Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Funds to the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) for the Community Recovery and Revitalization Program (CRRP).
The CRRP will provide funding for projects that spur economic recovery and revitalization in communities across the state. Eligible uses for these funds include capital improvements related to the renovation or creation of childcare and affordable housing for low and moderate income households, capital projects that assist nonprofits and small businesses in industries* most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and municipal water supply and wastewater projects that build housing or create jobs through business creation and expansion. These recovery funds are intended to retain and expand existing businesses and nonprofit organizations with a preference for projects that primarily serve BIPOC populations and projects located in regions and communities with declining or stagnant grand list values. More details about project eligibility can be found at the links at the bottom of this page.
*Impacted Industries are for-profit and nonprofit organizations in the following sectors:
- Educational Services
- Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation
- Accommodation & Food Services
If you are a non-English speaker and need translation assistance, please contact ACCD staff (ACCD.CRRP@vermont.gov) to be connected with State-contracted translation and interpretation services.
Application Priority Process
For the first 30 days, as part of the State of Vermont's commitment to build on local, state, and national efforts to advance equity and to increase meaningful inclusion and representation of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) communities, ACCD will prioritize applications from BIPOC organizations and organizations that primarily serve BIPOC populations.
ACCD will also prioritize the review of applications from non-Metropolitan Statistical Areas (non-MSAs) in the first 30 days. A Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) is a designation used by the Federal government to identify multi-county clusters with a population density of at least 50,000. In Vermont, non-MSA communities are located in Addison, Bennington, Caledonia, Essex, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, Rutland, Washington, Windham, and Windsor counties.
There is no deadline for the CRRP application; it is a rolling application process. The last day of the 30-day priority application period for BIPOC and non-MSA areas is December 29, 2022. After this date, all applications will be reviewed, but BIPOC and non-MSA applications will still be prioritized. The application portal will stay open until all funds are allocated.
For the CRRP, an eligible small business meets the following criteria:
- It is located in the State of Vermont.
- It is a for-profit entity with not less than a 10 percent equity interest in the project.
- It does not have more than 20 locations (in total, with any affiliated businesses, regardless of whether those locations do business under the same name or within the same industry).
- It is not publicly traded.
- It has no more than 500 employees.
- It is considered a small business concern as defined in section 3 of the Small Business Act.
For the CRRP, an eligible nonprofit meets the following criteria:
- It is a nonprofit tax-exempt organization.
- It is located in the State of Vermont.
- It is undertaking an eligible project in an impacted industry, childcare, QCT, or affordable housing.
For the CRRP, an eligible municipality may include:
- A city, town, town school district, incorporated school or fire district or incorporated village, and all other governmental incorporated units.
A number of projects are eligible for funding within the CRRP. These include:
- Projects located in Qualified Census Tracts (QCT).
- To determine whether a project is located in a QCT:
- Projects related to reopening assistance or business expansion within an Impacted Industry.
- For-profit applicants must provide evidence of 10% equity investment in the project.
- All businesses must be domiciled in Vermont and the primary place of business in Vermont.
- Development or renovation of new affordable housing units that serve low to moderate income households.
- Childcare projects that expand or create new opportunities to serve low to moderate income families.
- Municipal wastewater and water supply projects that support the development of a new business establishment, the expansion of an existing business, or the development of new affordable housing units.
The Summary Table below broadly details the eligible applicants and their proposed uses of CRRP funds.
Summary Table of Eligible Uses
|Qualified Census Tracts
|Affordable housing development
|Aid for safe reopening
|Improvements to or new construction of childcare, daycare, and early learning facilities
|Small businesses can rehabilitate commercial properties as well as undertake storefront & façade improvements
|Aid for planned expansion delayed due to pandemic
|Small business expansion costs
Please note: Applications from the following entities are ineligible for CRRP:
- Any for-profit business, that together with any affiliated business, owns or operates more than 20 locations, regardless of whether those locations do business under the same name or within the same industry;
A publicly traded company
- Provide community benefit through educational services, agriculture, or food security
- Can document financial impact from the COVID-19 pandemic
- Could lose at least 20 jobs without a CRRP grant
- Are located in a rural municipality with fewer than 2,000 residents
- Awards will not exceed the lesser of $1,000,000 or 20% of total eligible project costs and will be calculated based on the merit of the application.
- The merit of the application will be determined based on the following considerations:
- Project readiness (i.e., needs the funds now to complete the project)
- Other sources of funding (including availability and eligibility of other sources of funding)
- Statement of need for project and impact (e.g., number of childcare slots, housing units, business development, etc.)
- Review of applicant need: balance sheet, tax returns, sources and uses statement
- Evidence of good standing with the Vermont Secretary of State
- Community and regional support for the project
- Creation of Vermont-based jobs
- Applicants that have received a Capital Investment Program (CIP) award must also factor CIP into their total CRRP award calculation. The combined CIP and CRRP award cannot exceed the lesser of 20% of total eligible project costs or $1,000,000 (i.e. the award limit takes into account both CIP and CRRP programs).
- Applicants will be asked to disclose prior accepted Federal or State recovery assistance (i.e. Paycheck Protection Program loans or State Emergency Recovery Grants such as Economic Recovery Bridge Program grants, Ski Area Recreation Safety grants, Vermont Housing Improvement Program grants, and Capital Investment Program grants) in an effort to avoid duplication of benefits uses.
The application will prompt all applicants to provide the following information. Applicants should be prepared to provide:
- Contact information
- Federal Employer Tax Identification Number (FEIN)
- Project costs, budget, and funding sources
- Project description
- Project management team
- Project impacts
- Project schedule
- Perceived or known regulatory issues
- Jobs created and/or retained
- Applicant's need for the grant award
- Permits required
- COVID relief received to date
For-profit and nonprofit applicants must also provide:
- Date of incorporation
- NAICS code
- COVID-related impacts on your organization
For support, including language translation assistance, please email ACCD.CRRP@vermont.gov.
Additional project eligibility and application details for for-profit, nonprofit, and municipal applicants are outlined at the links below and should be reviewed closely prior to starting the application.