For the second year in a row, the state of Vermont is offering grant awards to Vermont towns, villages and cities ranging from $10,000 to $200,000 to help them invest in outdoor recreation. The Vermont Outdoor Recreation Communities Grant Program was first funded in 2018, and in its first year, the state received $1.6 million worth of funding requests from 29 Vermont communities.
On Dec. 4, 2019, Governor Phil Scott announced a new round of funding for projects ranging from environmental stewardship, programming and events, capital projects, marketing and planning and more, all with the intent of helping communities grow their localized outdoor recreation economy. Grant applications are due Jan. 20, 2020. Last year, the town of Randolph received $65,000 for marketing events, trail design and construction and trailhead amenities and Newport received $35,000 for a critical trail connection project along Lake Memphremagog. For more information, head to fpr.vermont.gov/vorec-community-grant-program.
Featured Photo: Patrick Kell (VMBA) and the VYCC – Trail building and mountain biking in the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area – Leicester Hollow and Chandler Ridge – Green Mountains, Vermont.