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Posted on: March 1, 2019

Downtown Events Grant Opportunity


Montpelier Alive / Downtown Improvement District

Downtown Events Grant Program


Montpelier Alive, the downtown community association for the City of Montpelier, Vermont, invites applications 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 $7,000 is available with a maximum award of $2,000 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. 

  • Applications must be submitted electronically  on or before Friday, March 29, 2019 at 5pm. 
  • Decisions will be communicated to applicants on or before April 19, 2019 
  • Grant funds will be made available to awardees on or before May 31, 2019. 

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 make 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. 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 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:

  • Capitalize on other community events and programs to leverage the use of funds;
  • Maximize the diversity of events, businesses, and aesthetics of downtown Montpelier;
  • Engages with the downtown business community; 
  • Adds to the existing pool of events downtown, with emerging events receiving preference over established events 


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