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Mapping the Money: Federal

Where Irene relief funding came from and where it went

Hundreds of millions of dollars were donated and appropriated to help people, business and towns recover from Tropical Storm Irene.

In the first installment of the Mapping the Money project, we took a look at FEMA, the single largest source of relief funding. The Vermont Community Foundation was the focus of our second installment. Now, for our next installment, we explore the remaining federal dollars contributed to the relief effort.

Last Updated: August 26, 2013


Federal Highway Administration

The US Federal Highway Administration has contributed more than $100 million to repair roads and bridges damaged during Tropical Storm Irene. Most of this money was spent on state highways.

Money spent to repair town roads and bridges came largely from FEMA. Additional state and FEMA funds were provided to repair both town roads and state highways.

The Federal Highway Administration spent an additional $440,472 statewide that is not represented on the map.


US Department of Housing and Urban Development

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded $39.5 million to the state of Vermont for Irene relief via the Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG). Of those funds, the state of Vermont has already received access to $21.6 million, $15.6 million of which has been distributed as of June 17, 2013 and is represented here.

The funds are primarily intended to benefit people of low and moderate income and to cover remaining expenses after other sources (FEMA, SBA, non-profits, etc.) have been utilized.

Click here for a breakdown of HUD funding recipients

Three Rivers Ottauquechee Regional Commission

Funds used for flood damaged property buyouts

Rural Edge

Assistance for flood impacted houses whose needs exceed amount available from VDRF and other sources

Town of Waterbury

Multiple grants awarded. Funds went toward construction of a new town office, development of a new municipal complex, and a feasability study for a multi-use recreation trail

Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation

Business Assistance. Fund use determind by BDCC and SPringfield Regional Development Corporation

Central Vermont Community Action Council

Business Assistance. Fund use determined by CVAC

Central Vermont Community Land Trust

Affordable housing units to replace housing lost to Irene

Town of Waitsfield

Grant to move town office out of flood plain

Hunger Mountain Children's Center

Funds used to move the Children's Center to a temporary location while existing facility repaired and expanded.

Arnett Muldrow and Associates

Program to help most heavily impacted communities with long term recovery and revitalization

Brattleboro Housing Authority

Planning grant for pre-development work

Town of Wilmington

Planning grant for pre-development work

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Economic Development Administration

The US Economic Development Administration awards disaster grants to support a community's long-term recovery, spur job creation, leverage private investment, and promote disaster recovery.

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Provided money to be used for loans to businesses

VT Council on Rural Development

Funding went to the VT Digital Economy Project to establish WIFI hotspots to strengthen connectivity in communities pre and post disaster

VT Telecommunications Authority

Funding went to the Cellular Resiliency Project to build cell towers and provide back up power

Southern VT Disaster Recovery Project

Funds used to increase economic resiliency and increase economic vitality in Windham and Bennington counties

VT Agency of Commerce and Community Development

Fund used for regional commissions and development corporations

Village of Waterbury

Funds used to hire an economic development professional

State College Business Recovery Assistance

Support for small business development through the Vermont Technical College

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USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

The United States Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provided funding via the Emergency Watershed Protection Program. Funds went primarily to stream bank stabilization and debris removal.


USDA Rural Development


Town of Randolph

To replace aging waste water system damaged by Irene


Town of Bethel

To rebuild hydroelectric dam damaged by Irene


USDA Farm Service Agency

The USDA Farm Service Agency distributes money to farmers by county. There are four separate programs (listed below) through which the funds are channeled. Since this data is for all disasters in 2011, some of the dollars represented were allocated in response to the spring flooding earlier in the year.

Emergency Conservation Program (ECP)

Provides 75% cost-share to rehabilitate farmland damaged by natural disasters

Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP)

Provides assistance to livestock producers for livestock deaths from disaster events

Noninsured Crop Disaster Assitance Program (NAP)

Provides assistance when low yeilds, loss of inventory or prevented planting occur due to a natural disaster

Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payment Programs (SURE)

Provides assistance for crop revenue losses

Click here to see a breakdown of the Farm Service Agency Program funding by county

Addison $20,590 $0 $0 $429,103 $449,693
Bennington $49,608 $3,451 $0 $26,671 $79,730
Caledonia $5,948 $0 $0 $0 $5,948
Chittenden $18,188 $0 $17,711 $15,347 $51,246
Franklin $38,472 $0 $5,744 $0 $44,216
Lamoille $44,594 $0 $0 $0 $44,594
Orange $41,808 $0 $0 $0 $41,808
Orleans $2,402 $7,980 $0 $0 $10,382
Rutland $352,158 $250 $0 $322,292 $674,700
Washington $130,402 $0 $20,105 $6,087 $156,594
Windham $98,821 $0 $55,216 $23,992 $178,029
Windsor $785,629 $6,983 $0 $0 $792,612
Total $1,588,620 $18,664 $98,776 $823,492 $2,529,552

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Additional Federal Funds

Organization Amount
Emergency Repair for Federally Owned Roads $6,600,000
Emergency Managment Assistance $4,000,000
Department of Labor Emergency Grant $2,053,000
Neighborworks Counseling $300,000
EPA Technical Assistance $200,000
Multi-Family Grant Program $88,000
Small Business Administration (loans) $34,900,000

More Mapping the Money

The People

The Reporter: Nancy Cohen
The Producer: Jonathan Butler
The Editor: Steve Zind
The Developer: Matt Parrilla

Mapping the Money is funded in part by the VPR Journalism Fund

The Notes

The data represented is accurate as of Auguest 6, 2013 as reported to VPR. Values will change as more funding is approved.