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Making Rural Towns More Vibrant:

Through a number of different initiatives and programs, the Vermont Council on Rural Development helps to foster community and build local capacity.

Community Visits:

Community Visits allow towns to come together to plan local actions that make their towns more vibrant. Find out how your town can get involved.

Vermont Digital Economy Project:

Free technological support that will speed flood recovery, spur economic development and job growth, and improve community resilience to disasters.

Join the Working Landscape Partnership:

Add your name to the growing list of folks who support Vermont's Farm and Forest future.

What's New at VCRD

VCRD Annual Reports
Here is a link to VCRD's 2013 annual report as well as those from the past few years: 2013 Annual Report 2011 Annual Report 2010 Annual Report 2009 Annual Report 2008 Annual Report 2007 Annual Report 2006 Annual Report 2005 Annual Report... read more
VCRD is seeking a part-time Fund Development Professional
VCRD is seeking a part-time (8 hours/week) Fund Development Professional to help lead grant writing, prospect outreach, annual campaign development and other fundraising work in line with our mission to support rural Vermont communities and advance... read more
Vergennes To Set New Community Priorities on April 16th
The Vermont Council on Rural Development is facilitating a Community Visit process in the City of Vergennes that helps area residents discuss, set, and then implement common goals for the future of the city. Vergennes, Vermont’s smallest city and... read more
Guilford Community Visit Report - 2013
We completed our 3-month Community Visit process in Guilford. Read the Report and Action Plan. Community members identified 3 priority areas for future action: Develop a Small Business Incubation Space in Guilford; Redevelop the Grange Building; and... read more
New Consortium Will Make Vermont a Global Center of Food Systems Education
Vermont took a giant step today towards becoming a global center for food systems education. The leaders of six of Vermont’s higher education institutions were at the State House to sign a groundbreaking agreement to create a premier destination for... read more