Nine Vermont communities will divvy up more than $2.8 million in federal funding for improvements to housing, economic development and public infrastructure.

The federal dollars are coming from the Community Development Block Grant, CDBG, program. 

“These resources support work at the local level to make Vermont stronger. And the projects we are announcing today are great examples of the opportunity these funds create,” said Gov. Phil Scott, who made the announcement alongside Vermont Community Development Commissioner Josh Hanford.

The communities receiving the money are: 

  • Alburgh: $60,000 for the planning of a new child care facility at the Alburgh Community Education Center;
  • Bridgewater: $30,000 for a feasibility study & financing plan to renovate the historic Bridgewater Village School into the Bridgewater Community Center;
  • Bradford: $34,262 for renovations to bring the Historical Old Church Theater Building into ADA compliance; 
  • Montpelier: $75,000 for renovations and improvements to the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, including replacement of the 45-year-old elevator;
  • Fair Haven: $494,500 for fire code and accessibility improvements to the second floor of town hall to create a community center;
  • Shaftsbury: $350,000 for 22 units of affordable housing at Shires Housing at the Lake Paran Road site;
  • Brattleboro: $400,000 for construction of a multi-use seasonal overflow homeless shelter.
  • Bolton: $1,000,000 for water and wastewater improvements and improvements to the hotel at Bolton Valley;
  • Vergennes: $400,000 for 24 mixed affordable housing units at 45 Armory Lane.

According to Hanford, Vermont has received nearly half a billion dollars in CDBG grants since 1982.