The Windham County Economic Development Program, is seeking proposals for competitive grants that will promote economic development in Windham County. WCEDP was created as an agreement with Entergy to provide two million per year for five years to the State of Vermont after the closure of Vermont Yankee to promote economic development in Windham County.
The application process occurs in two steps: 1) Pre-Application and, if approved, 2) Full Grant Application. The pre-application window officially opened July 1st, and is open until September 1st.
To request a pre-application packet, contact R.T Brown at the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation by emailing [email protected]. Technical assistance and counseling regarding the pre-application is available from a variety of sources in Windham County.
Projects that will be considered for the grant should: Occur in (or directly benefit) Windham County, promote economic development in Windham County and follow objectives laid out in the 2014 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS). The objectives that must be met this round are improving wage parity with the surrounding labor shed, increasing the size and quality of the workforce or retain and attract younger talent through engagement linkages, lifestyle amenities and meaningful career opportunities. The minimum grant request for this funding round is $25,000.
For complete information about WCEDP grants and applying, please visit:
Webinar: Attend an informational webinar / conference call on August 1, 2017 to learn more. Please register here: http://brattleborodevelopment.com/knowledge-bites/.
In 2013, the State of Vermont negotiated a Memorandum of Understanding with Entergy. Among other considerations, Entergy agreed to provide $2 million per year for five years to the State of Vermont “to promote economic development in Windham County.” These funds are being administered by the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD), in cooperation with the Windham County Economic Development Program Advisory Council in a program referred to as the Windham County Economic Development Program (WCEDP).
The WCEDP is meant to promote economic development in Windham County by providing funds to stimulate job creation through business start-up, expansion, or relocation, encourage entrepreneurial activity, and strengthen the economic development infrastructure to ensure a strong foundation for transformational economic activity. The primary focus of the program will be private sector job creation and retention, and direct support of entrepreneurial activities, followed by support of systems and activities that encourage an entrepreneurial, innovation and business start-up environment and culture. Funds are made available through a revolving loan program administered by the Vermont Economic Development Agency (VEDA), incentive packages negotiated by ACCD with regional partners, noncompetitive grants made by ACCD, and the competitive grants that are the focus of this RFP.
Final Public Hearing
For publication on or before: September 2, 2016
Tear Sheet requested.
The Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC) received a Community Development Block Grant for Disaster Relief (CDBG-DR) from the State of Vermont for a grant under the Vermont Community Development Program. A public hearing will be held at Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation, 76 Cotton Mill Hill, Brattleboro, VT 05301 on September 20, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. to obtain the views of citizens on community development, to furnish information concerning the range of community development activities that have been undertaken under this program, and to give affected citizens the opportunity to examine a statement of the use of these funds.
The State of Vermont, Agency of Commerce and Community Development funds received have been used to accomplish the following activities:
BDCC, in collaboration with the Springfield Regional Development Corporation (SRDC), shall use CDBG – DR funds to provide business assistance in the form of grants, and loans where appropriate, to meet businesses’ unmet needs related to the three 2011 disaster events that occurred in Vermont between April 23 and September 2, 2011. The primary focus of the Business Assistance Program was for the benefit of businesses located in Windham and Windsor counties with the remainder located in other hard-hit areas of other Vermont counties.
Information on this project may be obtained and viewed during the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on September 19, 2016 at Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation, (802) 257-7731 and will be made available on BDCC’s website, www.brattleborodevelopment.com/flood-recovery.
Should you require any special accommodations please contact Bobbi Kilburn at Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation to ensure appropriate accommodations are made. For the hearing impaired please call (TTY) #1‐800‐253‐0191.
Copy submitted by:
Bobbi Kilburn, Director of Finance & Grant Management
Send tear sheet to:
76 Cotton Mill Hill
Brattleboro, VT 05301