Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Natural Resources Agency is providing $3.75 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grants to help 3-acre manufactured home communities address water and stormwater infrastructure issues . This funding (https://bit.ly/3BXr9Lw) will ensure that residents of these communities have access to safe drinking water, wastewater, stormwater and drainage systems.

Examples of eligible activities include the assessment of projects that may be undertaken in the future, the design and authorization of such projects, the connection to municipal water or sewage, the modernization of water practices storm drains, meeting 3 acre storm water requirements, installing drinking water or wastewater projects, and more.

Interested persons are invited to attend a question and answer session on Microsoft Teams | (https://bit.ly/MHCsession) or call/audio only at 802-828-7667, conference call ID: 899640957# on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. to learn more and ask questions about the process.

Residents, owners and partners of prefab housing communities are invited to apply for grants by July 27, 2022. Eligible communities may be cooperative/resident-owned, non-profit or private entities. Applicants will be notified of first-round awards by September 9e2022. Scholarships must be spent by the end of 2026.

“This funding is an incredible opportunity to help residents of manufactured home communities access healthier, more resilient living spaces,” said Acting DEC Commissioner John Beling. “Helping these communities address these persistent and historically underfunded issues will ensure that all Vermonters have safe homes and a clean environment.”

Grants can be used to determine which water infrastructure projects need to be completed, receive technical and permitting assistance, including assistance with a 3-acre stormwater permit, or cover construction costs needed to address existing infrastructure problems. Additional funding is planned for future years.

For those with accessibility needs, the Agency has a dedicated staff member who can help complete the application. Contact Jackie Peterson at 802-461-7128 or [email protected]

For more information, visit funding webpage | (https://bit.ly/3BXr9Lw) which includes the application | (https://bit.ly/MHCapplication) and FAQs | (https://bit.ly/3tgiMa3).

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6.7.2022. MONTPELIER, Vermont – Vermont Natural Resources Agency