Leahy, Sanders, Welch Announce Availability of $1.7 Million in Vermont Northern Border Grants
WASHINGTON – Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) Wednesday announced the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) will begin accepting applications for the next round of grants to encourage economic development and job creation along the norther border of Maine, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont. The Commission has approximately $1.7 million in federal funding to award to projects in Franklin, Lamoille, Caledonia, Essex and Orleans counties.
The NBRC was established by Congress in the 2008 Farm Bill and was recently reauthorized in the 2014 Farm Bill. In 2016, the program has more than $7 million in funding to award for development projects in economically distressed Northern Border counties. Leahy, a leading member of the Senate’s Agriculture and Appropriations Committees, played a pivotal role in renewing the Commission in the 2014 Farm Bill and in dramatically increasing its funding in both 2015 and 2016. Welch led a parallel effort in the House.
In a joint statement, Leahy, Sanders and Welch said: “NBRC is a successful partnership program that leverages investments to enhance infrastructure, spur growth and encourage economic development and job creation in Northern Vermont. We are encouraged that this public-private partnership will continue to create jobs and improve the economy of the region.”
The NBRC has awarded 75 grants amounting to more than $14.2 million since it was created in 2008. These projects are estimated to have saved or created thousands of jobs by leveraging federal funds with other public or private investments.
Projects in Grand Isle County may be applicable based on eligibility. Funding for eligible projects can be applied for through the NBRC.
Eligible projects include those that develop regional infrastructure, support job creation and economic development, promote sustainable land use or develop renewable energy sources. Those interested in pursuing funding opportunities can contact the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development at 802-828-5236 or visit www.nbrc.gov.