Mad River Valley Chamber Receives Grant to Bring Flags Back to Route 100

The Mad River Valley Chamber of Commerce has received a $3,500 grant from the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS). This grant will allow the Chamber to purchase new American flags as well as “Welcome to the Mad River Valley” banners that will be hung on telephone poles along Route 100 in downtown Waitsfield. The Foundation For Rural Service awards grants to rural communities served by NTCA members, of which Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom is a member. These grants are designed to provide support to a variety of local efforts to build and sustain a high quality of life in rural America. The required matching funds contribution was provided by Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom.

It has now been several years since the flags have flown throughout town. Overtime, the flags became worn and in need of replacement and the volunteer group that originally coordinated the effort is no longer active. WCVT employees will once again assist with the annual hanging and maintenance of flags. Flags and banners will be in place prior to Memorial Day and remain flying until after Labor Day.

Warren Vermont 4th of July Parade“We are super excited to win this grant to bring the flags back to the Valley,” said Eric Friedman, Executive Director of the Mad River Valley Chamber of Commerce. “I’m so appreciative of the Foundation For Rural Service for this grant and what it means to the Valley. I’m also thankful to Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom, specifically Roger Nishi and Eric Haskin for all of their work and assistance on this project.”

“FRS is proud to support these projects throughout the country to promote health, safety, education and growth in rural communities,” said FRS Executive Director Pam Becker. “The pandemic has shown us how important access to these vital services is, and these organizations have done tremendous work in their communities. This year we had an incredible number of applications and we awarded $89,000 to 20 grant recipients. Thank you to the NTCA members who partnered with FRS to fund these projects.”

For more information on FRS and community development grants, please contact Lorraine Keener at (802) 496-8379 or