VOREC Community Grant Program

The Vermont legislature established the Vermont Outdoor Recreation Communities pilot grant program in 2018 with the passage of Act 194. The program’s purpose is to make grants from $10,000 up to $100,000 available to help one or more Vermont communities fully leverage their local outdoor recreation assets to achieve a status of being a truly “outdoor recreation friendly community” as envisioned by the Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative (VOREC) steering committee. VOREC’s goals are to:

  • Grow the outdoor recreation related business opportunities
  • Increase participation in outdoor recreation activities
  • Strengthen the quality and extent of outdoor recreation resources
  • Increase stewardship of outdoor recreation resources

Grant funding can be used for a variety of purposes with the result being a community(ies) that can show measurable success supporting and growing their local economies through leveraging outdoor recreation. The successful community(ies) will be showcased as prototypes (aka “Pilots”) for a longer-term community designation program with the goal of raising the economic tide for all recreation-oriented communities.

Grant Guidelines and Application (PDF)


Please email a complete PDF file to becca.washburn@vermont.gov NO LATER THAN DECEMBER 14, 2018. If you cannot email a PDF, hard copies must be received no later than 5 pm on December 14th at the following address:

Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation
1 National Life Drive, Dewey 2
Montpelier, VT 05620
Attn: Becca Washburn