Recreation Grants

The role of the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation Outdoor Recreation Grant Administration Staff is to practice and promote high quality stewardship of Vermont's environment by providing and promoting outdoor recreational funding opportunities, building partnerships and providing leadership to address Vermont's recreational resource needs. Grant coordination occurs between federal, state, and municipal entities, and local organizations to ensure strong resource support for public recreation and park development throughout Vermont.

Open applications

Applications are being accepted for the following grant programs. If you need access to materials in a different format, please use the contact information at the bottom of the page to connect with staff.

  • Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative (VOREC) Community Grant Program: This grant program is intended to fund community projects that leverage outdoor recreation which VOREC defines as leisure, sport and therapeutic recreation activities pursued outdoors, mainly in a natural setting. 
    • Eligible applicants: Municipalities and non-profit organizations
    • Grant amounts: $50,000 with no maximum – No match required
  • Enhancement of Recreational Access and Stewardship (ERSA) Trail Grants: The Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation is excited to offer this funding opportunity for the first time. Grants are intended to fund projects focused on the stewardship and accessibility of trails across the state of Vermont.
    • Eligible applicants: Municipalities and non-profit organizations
    • Grant amounts: $25,000 with no maximum – No match required

Other annual grant programs

The Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation also administers the following programs on an annual basis. 

General Grantee Reponsibilities Documents:

Attachment C: State Provisions for Contracts and Grants

Risk Assessment Questionnaire

Act 154 Certificate of Good Standing

Grant Administration Staff

Jessica Savage, Land & Water Conservation Fund Program Manager
Recreation Program Manager
1 National Life Drive, Davis 2                                
Montpelier, VT 05620-3801
Work Phone: 802-249-1230  Fax 802-828-1399                                             
jessica.savage@vermont.gov

Sherry Winnie, ERSA and RTP Grant Programs Manager
Trail Grant Programs Manager    
1 National Life Drive, Davis 2                                
Montpelier, VT 05620-3801
Work Phone: 802-760-8450  Fax: 802-828-1399
sherry.winnie@vermont.gov

Jackie Dagger, VOREC Community Grant Program Manager
VOREC Program Manager
1 National Life Drive, Davis 2                                
Montpelier, VT 05620-3801
Work Phone: 802-636-7410 Fax: 802-828-1399
jackie.dagger@vermont.gov

 

Jessica Savage
Recreation Program Manager
1 National Life Drive, Davis 2
Montpelier, VT 05620-3801
802-249-1230
jessica.savage@vermont.gov