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January 19, 2024

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Info Session on Thermal Networks Bill

January 29, 2024 - 12:00 noon (online)

The Vermont Thermal Community Alliance is offering a 1/2 hour info session introducing House and Senate versions of the Thermal Energy Networks bill before the Vermont legislature this session. They will share specific provisions that benefit Vermont municipalities; how businesses, developers, and others can use a utility model to make these networks more affordable; status of bills and suggested actions. Register here >> (register to receive recording if you can't join the call)

RFPs & Grant Information

VTRANS Electrify Your Fleet Program

The Electrify Your Fleet Incentive Program aims to accelerate the retirement of internal combustion engine vehicles. A pool of $500,000 is available to all Vermont commercial, municipal and nonprofit fleet owners. The rebate has designated up to $2,500 for each vehicle replaced or avoided. Funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Fleet owners must fill out the online preliminary application form Here. Deadline is on a rolling basis.

AARP Vermont Accepting 2024 Community Challenge Grant Applications

AARP Vermont invites local eligible non-profit organizations and governments across the country to apply for the 2024 AARP Community Challenge grant program, now through March 6th. Grants fund quick-action projects that help communities become more livable in the long-term by improving public spaces, transportation, housing, digital connections, and more.

AARP Vermont is hosting an informational webinar on January 25th from 9-10 AM and 3-4 PM. Join to learn about the 2024 Community Challenge grant program, new funding sources, the application process, VT success stories, and a new offering we are providing for eligible small non-profits in the form of grant writing coaches to help with the application process. Register for the webinar here.

They are accepting applications across three different grant opportunities. All projects must be consistent with AARP’s mission to serve the needs of people 50 and older along with other eligibility criteria.

Northern Border Regional Commission Announces Availability of $50m in 2024 Catalyst Program Funding

The Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) has announce preliminary details of how communities in the region can apply for the $50 million in funding that will be available through the 2024 Catalyst Program. The Catalyst Program supports a broad range of economic development activities that create economic opportunity for residents in rural places across Maine, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont. Examples of the types of projects the Commission may support include, but are not limited to: modernizing and expanding water and wastewater systems; revitalizing transportation infrastructure; establishing workforce development programs and facilities; growing outdoor recreation infrastructure and economies; and constructing new childcare and healthcare facilities. For more details and the press release >>

Upcoming Meetings

In addition to a physical location, CVRPC will provide a video or call in option for all meetings (see agendas on our website for details).


Jan 23 6:30 pm Transportation Advisory Committee

Jan 24 4:30 pm Nominating Committee


Feb 5 4 pm Executive Committee

Feb 6 4 pm Regional Plan Committee

Feb 13 6:30 pm Board of Commissioners

Feb 15 1 pm Winooski Basin Water Quality Council

Feb 19 Office Closed - Holiday

TBD Brownfields Advisory Committee

TBD Project Review Committee

Feb 27 6:30 pm Transportation Advisory Committee