Working Communities Challenge offers funding for community projects

By: Mia Watson

The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and its Vermont partners are now accepting applications for the Working Communities Challenge, a grant competition designed to support cross-sector teams working collaboratively to build strong, healthy economies and communities in Vermont.

The program will award a 4-5 month planning grant of $10,000-$15,000 to up to six cross-sector teams that each represent a group of rural towns, a region, or a small city in Vermont. Planning phase grantees will be eligible to compete for multi-year implementation grants, which are expected to be up to $300,000 and will include technical assistance, coaching, access to small tactical grants and participation in a learning community.

More details and eligibility requirements are available on the Boston Fed's website. Regional information sessions will be held on the following dates:

Tuesday, October 1
Welcome Center, 51 Depot Street, St. Johnsbury

Tuesday, October 1
Barre Opera House, 6 Main Street, Barre

Wednesday, October 2
Rutland Free Library, 10 Court Street, Rutland

Tuesday, October 8
Great Hall, 100 River Street, Springfield

Tuesday, October 8
Historic Memorial Hall, 14 West Main Street, Wilmington

Tuesday, October 15
St. Albans City Hall, 100 North Main Street, St. Albans

Planning Grant Applications are due on Wednesday, December 13, 2019.