U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy tours the facilities around the Retreat Farm, in Brattleboro on Aug. 18, 2021. In an appropriations bill, of the $167 million requested by Leahy for Vermont, $3 million has been set aside for a food enterprise center at Retreat Farm.

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BRATTLEBORO — A number of local organizations are in line to get federal assistance when President Joe Biden signs the appropriations bill that came out of Congress over the past two days.

In total, local organizations will be receiving more than $9 million in congressionally directed spending, formerly known as earmarks.

Of the $167 million requested by Sen. Patrick Leahy for Vermont, $3 million has been set aside for a food enterprise center at the Retreat Farm.

“The food enterprise center at the Retreat Farm is a huge investment in our town,” said Elizabeth McLoughlin, chairwoman of the Brattleboro Select Board. “This project will bring jobs, as well as help with food security and equity in the region.”

“We are deeply grateful to Sen. Leahy and his staff for believing in the importance of this work and their wonderful efforts to secure this generous support for the Brattleboro community,” said Buzz Schmidt, executive director of the Retreat Farm.

Of the $38 million requested for Vermont by Sen. Bernie Sanders and the $10.3 million requested by Rep. Peter Welch, $1,277,000 is earmarked for Tri-Park Cooperative Housing in Brattleboro to replace two septic systems and open up new lots in West Brattleboro.

“This is a huge boost for our master plan,” said Brian Emerson, the president of the Tri-Park.

This fall, Tri-Park will get to work on the septic systems at Glen Park and Black Mountain Park. Next year, said Emerson, Tri-Park hopes to start adding lots higher up in Tri-Park, away from the Whetstone Brook, whose floodwaters during Tropical Storm Irene in 2011 damaged a number of mobile homes.

“We’re still working on more funding, though,” he said. Other work needed at the park includes the resurfacing of one bridge and the total replacement of another.

Another $549,000 in funding has been set aside for the Windham County Dental Clinic, the United Way of Windham County and Brattleboro Memorial Hospital to work with Vermont Technical College to provide health professional education to dental therapy students for their preclinical and clinical training requirements. The funds also will be used to expand the clinic’s workforce.

“It is such a great privilege to have these funds come to our community and to be able to plan out what the future is going to look like around dental care and careers for many members of our community,” said Carmen Derby, business manager of the clinic.

The Broad Brook Community Center in Guilford is expected to get $315,000.

“The funding will go a long way toward fulfilling the goal of the BBCC to raise the $2.3 million needed to fully renovate the former Broad Brook Grange in Guilford as a fully equipped, fully functional and ADA-accessible resource for the town,” said Rick Zamore, president of the board of trustees. “The building will retain all its historic features while offering a host of modern amenities.”

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There is $681,000 set aside for Healthworks, a program that provides medical and mental health care, and addiction recovery support to clients of Groundworks Collaborative.

“We are thrilled to receive this funding for Healthworks and excited to launch this new health care delivery model on behalf of our community’s most marginalized citizens,” said Dr. Kathleen McGraw, chief medical officer at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital.

The Brattleboro Development Credit Corp. is set to receive $900,000 for its Pathway to Employment for Every Working Vermonter program.

“BDCC is thrilled to be working with Green River and SkillLab on this project,” said Adam Grinold, executive director, who thanked Leahy for including the program in his requests for directed spending.

The town of Brattleboro and Windham & Windsor Housing Trust, through the Housing and Conservation Board, will get $750,000 to turn much of the downtown Municipal Center into housing.

“We’re gratified to see the redevelopment of the Brattleboro Municipal Center included in the omnibus appropriations bill,” said Elizabeth Bridgewater, trust executive director. “It’s an important component of the total funding for this project that will bring much needed additional housing opportunities to our corner of the state.”

The Friends of Vernon Center are in line to receive $318,000 for the renovation of the Governor Hunt House & Community Center.

“Friends of Vernon Center, which owns the Governor Hunt House and is working to turn it into a community center for the town, is very appreciative of this appropriation,” said Martin Langeveld, spokesman for the Friends. “The Governor Hunt House will anchor Vernon Center, which the town hopes to develop into a new village area that will also enhance the town’s attractiveness to residents, visitors and investors.”

The Windham Regional Commission is getting $151,000 to develop resiliency zones that would localize energy to minimize outages.

“The Windham Regional Commission is partnering with Green Mountain Power on this effort,” said Chris Campany, executive director. “Our role is to support town engagement with Green Mountain Power on the planning for these resilience zones as they want and need local input.”

Support and Services at Home will received $395,000 to expand its model of providing home-based care coordination services to family housing and the Townshend Historical Society is getting $750,000 for the West Townshend Stone Arch Bridge.

The funding is part of the $1.5 trillion Fiscal Year 2022 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, which is the consolidation of 12 annual appropriations bills to fund the federal government for the remainder of this fiscal year.

Bob Audette can be contacted at raudette@reformer.com.