The selectboard, appointed official or volunteers, at any gven time could be working on grants for the roads, buildings & grounds, energy efficiency, technology, or historic preservation, for the Town Hall or Town Office as both buildings are on the Vemront Historic Register.
Below are the grants currently in various stages of progress for each of the categories lsited.
FLAP (Federal Lands Access Program)
The Federal Lands Access Program (Access Program) was established in 23 U.S.C. 204 to improve transportation facilities that provide access to, are adjacent to, or are located within Federal lands. The Access Program supplements State and local resources for public roads, transit systems, and other transportation facilities, with an emphasis on high-use recreation sites and economic generators.
The Program is designed to provide flexibility for a wide range of transportation projects in the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
Projects are selected by a Programming Decision Committee (PDC) established in each State.
- FLAP Letter to Applicants
- Application Tips
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Scoring Criteria
- FLAP Project Selection Process
Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
Buildings & Grounds
MERP (Municipal Energy Resilience Program)
Our Municipal Expansion of the State Energy Management Program
We are excited to extend the energy savings and resilience concept of the State Energy Management Program to Vermont municipalities. The Municipal Energy Resilience Program (MERP) provides staff support, application and technical assistance, and funding to increase energy resilience, reduce energy use and operating costs, and curb greenhouse gas emissions by promoting weatherization, thermal improvements, fuel switching, renewable energy, battery storage, electric vehicle charging, and enhanced comfort in municipal buildings.
Act 172 (2022) infused MERP with $45 million to support dependable and sustainable connections to critical municipal services for all Vermonters. Cities, towns, incorporated villages, fire districts, and all other governmental incorporated units (except school districts), along with the buildings they own, are eligible.
MERP targets communities in need of energy resilience investments, often having excessive energy burden (the portion of income spent on heating, electricity, and transportation). Visit Efficiency Vermont’s webpage and view their 2019 report on Vermont’s energy burden to learn more.
MERP provides the following funding opportunities:
- Up to $4,000 Community Capacity Building “Mini”-Grants
- Free building Energy Resilience Assessments.
- Up to $500,000 Implementation Grants for weatherization, thermal efficiency, and supplementing/replacing fossil fuel heating systems with more efficient renewable or electric versions.
BGS is partering with Vermont’s Regional Planning Commissions, Vermont League of Cities and Towns, Efficiency Vermont, and Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network to develop and implement MERP. RPCs will also assist with grant and assessment applications and provide programming and technical assistance.