BRATTLEBORO (AP) - Applications are being accepted for the first round of grant money that will help Windham County after the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant shuts down.

Last year after the plant's owner, Energy Nuclear, announced it was closing the plant, it agreed to contribute $10 million over five years for economic development in the county. Entergy paid the state $2 million in the spring.

Vermont Public Radio reports the Windham County Economic Development Program is running and accepting applications through Sept. 23.

Pat Moulton, commissioner of the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, said the goal is to fund projects that will create sustainable, structural change, like a business incubator or new infrastructure for industrial land or buildings.