Village Trust Initiative

Call to Vermont’s Small Towns! Expertise and funding available to support community revitalization Your village is an essential part of both your community, Vermont’s identity, and its future. The Village Trust Initiative is a new program offering expertise and funding to help 20 small towns create or bolster a local community trust organization and take…

VCRD offers expanded services through MTAP

Often, our small rural towns in need of investment lack the internal capacity to develop local projects and access grant funds to complete them. To help these communities, the State of Vermont launched the Municipal Technical Assistance Program (MTAP). Through this program, VCRD is able to offer free facilitation and technical support services to more…

VCRD job opening: Executive Director

VCRD is seeking an Executive Director to advance and increase the impact of VCRD’s mission and collaboratively lead a dedicated team to convene and facilitate democratic engagement and collective action at the local and state level. We’re looking for someone with demonstrated excellence as: Community Builder Visionary and Strategic Leader Exceptional Communicator, Facilitator and Networker…

VCRD in the News

Johnson Commentary: Community Visits

The mission of the Vermont Council on Rural Development is to “help Vermont citizens build prosperous and resilient communities through democratic engagement, marshaling resources, and collective action.” VCRD’s long-standing Community Visit program is core to this mission. Many times, communities create a long list of critical actions for the future, but the length of the…

2022 Annual Report

Read VCRD’s 2022 Annual Report for an overview of our work in Community, Policy, Climate, and Leadership. Our work in 2022 also included the launch of the Youth Opportunity Initiative – a major statewide engagement effort that focuses on youth aspirations, community connections, and potential new ideas for strengthening the tie between youth aspiration and…

VCRD in the News

Koloski Commentary: Helping Communities

The Vermont Council on Rural Development is committed to supporting locally defined progress in rural communities throughout Vermont. This month with the severe flooding, many communities have experienced a devastating setback impacting individuals, families, businesses, downtowns and villages across the state. VCRD is not an emergency response organization, but in times like this, we need…

VCRD Announces 2023 Vermont Community Leadership Award Recipient

The Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) today announced the recipients of the Vermont Community Leadership Award, which will be presented at VCRD’s 2023 Vermont Community Leadership Summit on August 15 at the Vermont State University Randolph Campus. The Vermont Community Leadership Award is presented each year to celebrate Vermonters who exemplify “dedication, integrity and…

2023 Vermont Community Leadership Summit

VCRD: Leadership Summit

For the fourth time, the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) is gearing up for our statewide Vermont Community Leadership Summit on August 15 at Vermont State University Randolph. The Summit brings together over 500 attendees to celebrate and explore new ways to support local leadership and democracy in Vermont. It is one of the…