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Resources for Vermont Municipal Officials

This site consists primarily of links to various resources that we think would be useful for Vermont's municipal officials. The purpose of the site is to be a clearinghouse - to provide links to information from many different sources. Currently, most of the links are to resources at the Center for Rural Studies. However, we hope to update these pages as we become aware of more resources.

Information Technology Resources

Electronic Records Management
Information on the proper management of electronic information, including computer and data safety in municipal offices.
Technology Resources for Municipal Officials
Find links to information on technology issues, including training, Web site design, CRS municipal technology projects, and templates and sample documents.

Grants

Vermont Grants (Sample)

The Vermont Community Foundation
Providing grants for hunger, housing, arts, cultural heritage, social justice, animal welfare, environmental sustainability and other subjects for Vermont Grantseekers.

Department of Economic, Housing & Community Development
Vermont Community Development Program financial and technical assistance to identify and address local needs and priorities in the areas of housing, economic development, public facilities, and public services for persons of lower income.

Vermont Arts Council
Competitive grants to artists, organizations, schools, and others.

Vermont Arts Council- Cultural Facilities
Grants to help repair and upgrade cultural facilities.

Vermont Division for Historic Preservation
Grants to repair historic buildings.

Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
Grants for Drinking Water, Surface Water, Watershed Planning, Solid Waste Management, Hazardous Waste Management, Underground Storage Tank Removal and more.

Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation
Outdoor recreation grants for trails and for land and water conservation.

Vermont Emergency Management
Hazard mitigation grants for municipalities.

Vermont Emergency Management
Emergency management planning grants for municipalities.

Vermont Department of Health
Multiple programs with numerous resources embedded within each.

Vermont Department of Children and Families
Six program divisions with numerous resources embedded within each.

Vermont Agency of Transportation
Multiple programs with numerous resources embedded within each.

Governor's Highway Safety Program
Grants for occupant protection, impaired driving, speed, motorcycle, pedestrian, and bicycle safety.

Federal Grants

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
Search for Federal grants for just about anything.

General Information About Grants

The Grantsmanship Center
Grant information and grantsmanship training.
Council on Foundations
Resources for grantseekers.
The Foundation Center
Click on "Finding Funders."
Fundsnet Services
Grant information.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Links to grantmaking data and other information.

Data and Maps

How to Collect Information About Your Community
Strategies for collecting community information by the Director of the Center for Rural Studies.
Vermont Community Data Bank
Links to data about Vermont communities.
Vermont Indicators Online
A data clearinghouse offering access to a vast repository of Vermont county and town-level indicators in spreadsheet or GIS databases. Visitors can also view indicators via interactive mapping applications.
Vermont Center for Geographic Information
Vermont Geographic Information System. Find GIS data, interactive maps, indicators data, and more.

Vermont Government, Leadership, and Decision Making

Vermont Statutes Online
Search Vermont Statutes by keyword.
Community Leadership Training Materials
Tutorials and guides for leadership development for groups and individuals.
Guides to Government and Decision Making
Find information about public meetings, property tax assessment and appeals, planning and zoning in Vermont, Vermont highway law, and making group decisions.
Parliamentary Procedure at a Glance
A one-page cheat-sheet on public meeting procedure.
The Center for Research on Vermont and Vermont Studies Program
Research, teaching, and related scholarly activities dealing withthe state of Vermont and matters of interest to the state.
Snelling Center for Government
Trains, encourages, and supports Vermonters who wish to become involved at the state and local level.

Statewide Organizations

Vermont League of Cities and Towns
Find out what services VLCT can offer to your city or town.
Vermont Planners Association
Check out the "Links" page.
Vermont Recreation and Parks Association
Contains a lot of information about recreation and parks in Vermont.

National Organizations

The American Planning Association
Governing Magazine Online
International City/County Management Association
International Institute of Municipal Clerks
National Association of Towns and Townships
Planning Commissioners Journal

This website contains materials based upon work supported by the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under Award No. 2002-34269-11806, 2003-34269-13439, 2004-34269-14428, 2005-34269-15671, 2006-34269-16917, 2008-34269-18994, & 2009-34269-19870. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Special thanks to Senator Patrick Leahy.

Reviewed on 09.21.2012

Last modified September 20 2013 01:54 PM

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