The Healthy People, Strong Communities Project was funded by a $480,000 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program. Rather than using all of this funding on planning, over $200,000 was retained for implementation projects.

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Healthy People, Strong Communities Implementation Grant Awards

The implementation grants are an essential component of the Healthy People, Strong Communities project. Selected projects had a transformative effect on the community. Implementation grants provided funding to jump start new projects and programs or complete one time projects that have lasting impact. Implementation projects made progress toward the overall goals of Healthy People, Strong Communities.

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Total Award Amount:
$211,986, grants range from $6,000-$20,000
Application Requests:
over $610,000 from 36 applicants


Community Walking and Running Path
St. Albans City Elementary School: Install ½ mile walking and running path amidst 30 acres of athletic fields, gardens, orchards and forests for the benefit of students and the public.

Food Pantry Vehicle
Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity: Purchase a new Food Pantry Vehicle to support Northwest Family Foods food pantry program.

Dirt Divas
Franklin Northwest Supervisory Union (Partnering with Franklin Northeast Supervisory Union): Make mountain bikes and associated equipment available to students and residents within each Supervisory Union. Establish after school and summer programs involving mountain biking.

Senior Center Renovations
Islands in the Sun Senior Center: Renovate the now closed Senior Citizen Center in Alburgh. The Center will be used as a space where all members of the community can enjoy many of the opportunities available in larger towns for healthy activities and community building.

Parents and Substance Abuse
Franklin County Caring Communities: The implementation of two courses of “Guiding Good Choices,” an evidence-based program for parents of youth ages 9-14.The implementation of a “Rocking Horse Circle of Support” group for pregnant and parenting women affected by substance abuse or addiction. Recruitment of parents of middle/high school youth for “Safe Homes Parent Network of Northwest Vermont,” a group that promotes family policies discouraging underage alcohol and other drug use.

Cold Storage Project
Fairfield Farmers Market: Establish a centrally located community site for the storage of local food products. This site will help increase access to year round, local foods, within the community.

Highgate Arena Dehumidification
Town of Highgate: Upgrade the dehumidification systems of the Highgate Arena which is critical component to the overall health of the facility.

Healthy Roots Farm to Plate
Franklin County Industrial Development and Northwestern Medical Center: Hire a part-time Healthy Roots Coordinator to address the needs of the local diversified agriculture sector. Coordinator’s focus will include education (product and consumer), marketing, and distribution opportunities (locally and outside of Vermont) and developing transportation opportunities. Promote the benefits of locally produced foods while working to increase accessibility across public and private sectors.

St. Albans Recreation Reserve for Hard'ack and Aldis Hill
Friends of Northern Lake Champlain: Create a sustainability plan for Hard’ack and Aldis Hill Recreation Reserve.

Regional Workforce Development through Franklin County Internships
Franklin County Workforce Investment Board: Linking secondary and post-secondary students with Vermont employers through internships and/or direct job placement. Align with the regional economic development strategies, serve the needs of businesses and build the future workforce of Vermont.

Business Matters in the Islands
Lake Champlain Islands Economic Development Corporation: Helping businesses grow and become sustainable in the Champlain Islands through a multi-pronged approach and with affordable and local workforce training, access to capital and partnerships.

Island Line Planning
Local Motion: Meet with local officials on trail development and recreation opportunities based on recommendations from the 2004 Champlain Islands Trail Report and the 2009 Lake Champlain Bikeway/Island Line Improvement Plan.

Cornerstone Bridges Sustainability and Growth
Richford Cornerstone: Cornerstone Bridges to Life Community Center will continue to provide a facility for all ages to learn and engage in healthy, fun, and safe activities. The grant will be used to increase the number and types of programs offered.

Deer Brook Trail
Town of Georgia: Phase 1 recreation trail development and construction to include local and state permitting.

Draft Strategies
Economic Development
Disaster Resiliency
Community Health
Complete Streets

For more information contact Shaun Coleman, Senior Planner for more information at (802) 524-5958 or