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Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation Announces Over $700,000 Available in Grants for Outdoor Recreation Projects


posted at 11:47 am Mon Oct 6th, 2014 by (WherezIt_Staff)

Michael Snyder, the commissioner of the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, announced today that over $700,000 is available in outdoor recreation grants via the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

"Outdoor recreation is a crucial component of Vermont's economy and quality of life," said Commissioner Snyder. "We are pleased to offer this opportunity to communities across the state to preserve and improve their recreation experience."

These funds will be available to municipalities around the state to conserve lands and develop infrastructure dedicated to outdoor recreation. Since 1964, the LWCF program has granted more than $48 million in projects and provided 27,000 acres of land for outdoor recreation in Vermont.

"The impact of this program in Vermont has been huge," says Jessica Savage, Recreation Coordinator and LWCF Grant Administrator. "Hundreds of parks and facilities have been acquired and improved with LWCF funds over the past fifty years, likely in your community or a neighboring community. We know that this grant round will bring even more excellent projects to add to that list."

LWCF is a program of the National Park Service, and provides 50-50, reimbursement-based grants. Cities, towns, villages, school districts, fire districts and inter-municipal districts are eligible applicants. Projects can range from the acquisition of land which is then made available for public recreation to development projects including sport playfields, hiking, biking and walking trails, camping, picnic facilities, swimming areas, and playground areas.

Pre-applications are due on October 31st and will be used to determine eligibility and to schedule required site visits. Full applications are due on February 16th, 2015.

For more information and to download the pre-application and the full application, please visit http://www.vtfpr.org/reclwcf/index.cfm. Questions can be directed to Jessica Savage at jessica.savage@state.vt.us or 802-249-1230.

Relevant Address(es):
Montpelier, VT 05602 (Set as Local)

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