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Climate Catalyst Innovation Fund Supports Local Project

MONTPELIER – The Craftsbury Public Library has received funding from the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) for a community resilience center energy system. The library was awarded the funds for the second competitive round of the Climate Catalyst Innovation Fund.

The funding supports projects that make a meaningful, community-scale impact. Of the 37 applications that totaled more than $118,000 in requests, VCRD was able to fully fund 25 project requests totaling over $82,000 to support local climate solutions in Vermont.

Climate Catalyst Innovation Fund award amounts range from $500 – $4,000, are selected by VCRD and an outside panel of experts, and are based on demonstrating a mix of innovation, collaboration, and replicability, while also addressing Vermonters in need. VCRD anticipates opening a new round of applications in the late summer of 2023, subject to funding availability.

To learn more visit or contact Laura Cavin Bailey at or (802) 223-6091.

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