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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.

Grant Programs: not currently accepting applications

Enhancement of Recreation Stewardship and Access (ERSA) Trail Grants: ERSA Trail Grants are intended to fund projects that are enhancing the stewardship and accessibility of trails across Vermont.

  • Eligible applicants: Municipalities and non-profit organizations
  • Grant amounts: $25,000 with no maximum – No match required

Land & Water Conservation Fund: This fund supports the development of public outdoor recreation opportunities across Vermont, with a focus on creating parks and open spaces, enhancing recreation areas and facilities, and protecting wilderness areas and forests.

  • Eligible applicants: Municipal entities and state agencies only (e.g. towns, cities, school districts, water districts, park districts, etc.)
  • Grant amounts: TBD – 50% match required

Recreational Trails Program: This grant program provides funding to Vermont communities for the development and restoration of public recreational trails.

  • Eligible applicants: Municipalities, non-profit organizations, and other governmental entities
  • Grant amounts: $30,000 maximum with no minimum – 20% match required

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

General Documents

Recommended Trail Standards

Attachment C: State Provisions for Contracts and Grants

Risk Assessment Questionnaire

Act 154 Certificate of Good Standing


Grant Administration Team

Becca Washburn, Land & Water Conservation Fund Program Manager 1 National Life Drive, Davis 2                                 Montpelier, VT 05620 Work Phone: (802) 793-3432becca.washburn@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: 802-828-1399sherry.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: 802-828-1399jackie.dagger@vermont.gov