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Montpelier Alive / Downtown Improvement District
Request for Proposals
Community and Arts Grant Program

Application Form Below.

Montpelier Alive, the downtown community association for the City of Montpelier, Vermont, invites proposals from individuals and entities for grants specified in this request. These grants will be awarded and administered under the direction of the Montpelier Alive Board of Directors.

A total of $8,500 is available with a maximum award of $4,000 for any single grant. Funding will be granted to individuals and/or entities for development and implementation of a program, festival, or event that promotes and enhances the vibrancy of downtown Montpelier. Funding may also be granted for an art installation or other physical enhancement to the streetscape of downtown Montpelier.

Applications shall be submitted (in hard copy or by email) by on or before Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 5pm to:

Montpelier Alive
c/o Ashley Witzenberger, Executive Director
39 Main Street
Montpelier, VT 05602

Decisions will be communicated to applicants on or before November 15th, 2014 and grant funds will be made available to awardees on or about November 30, 2014. In the event that not all grant funding is awarded, a second round of proposals will be solicited in January of 2015.

Funding for these grants is comprised of partial revenue from the Montpelier Downtown Improvement District ("DID"), a special assessment district within the City of Montpelier. A successful grant application will therefore meet the goals and objectives of the DID, which are as follows:

1. To capitalize on the charm of our downtown by improving the downtown streetscape and making it attractive to residents, visitors and shoppers.
2. To increase the marketing of downtown Montpelier to both tourists and Central Vermont residents.
3. To equitably appropriate funds to enhance the downtown streetscape and market Montpelier as a unique destination for tourism and business.
4. To promote a climate which will strengthen our existing businesses while attracting new business to the city.
5. To create a long range vision for the beautification and marketing of Montpelier’s Historic Downtown.

Eligible Applicant: Individual or entity with demonstrable evidence to prove that they can accomplish their stated proposal.

Priority will be given to: Grant applications that meet one or more of the following criteria:
a) Maximize and then sustain a high quality streetscape program within the Downtown Improvement District;
b) Capitalize on the other community events and programs to best leverage the use of these funds;
c) Maximize the diversity of events, businesses, and aesthetics of downtown Montpelier.


Thank you to everyone who made Frostival 2014 a great weekend!


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Tax-Deductible Online Donations Accepted via Just Give

Your end-of-year contributions will be put towards 2014 programs and services. CLICK HERE. Thank you to all donoros of our $5,000 match drive--we did it!

Bag that Bag!

Bag That Bag is a retail campaign of the Montpelier Business Association that encourages use of reusable shopping bags over disposable paper / plastic bags. The charity for January is ORCA   Click for more info »


C-SPAN comes to Montpelier

C-SPAN came to Montpelier to discover its history and literary landscape. Click here to view the programs:

Parklet Pilot Project 2013

We've provisionally approved three parklets. Our Pilot Project Description is HERE.


Montpelier Alive has gone mobile on Guidebook. Download the guidebook app now for your smart phone. Guidebook HERE

Montpelier Alive Annual Report FY-2012

Montpelier Annual Report FY-2012 HERE

Downtown Improvement District

Thank you to the Downtown Improvement District for funding the following projects: flower plantings 2013 & 2014; holiday decorations; community branding; downtown benches. We're looking forward to another great year! For information on your tax assessment, please call 223-9505