Vermont Recreation Trails Grant Program



The mission of the Vermont Recreation Trails Program is to provide trail opportunities to all citizens of Vermont within 15 minutes of their home.

The program is administered by the Vermont Department ofForests, Parks & Recreation (FP&R) with advice fiom the
Vermont Trails & Greenways Council and in cooperation with the Vermont Agency of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Funding comes from the federal Recreational Trails Program (RTP) and the Vermont Recreation Trails Fund (VRTF) and is derived from a portion of Federal and State gas taxes used in non-highway recreational vehicles.

Who may apply?

Funds are available to municipalities, schools, incorporated trail organizations, inter-municipal districts, or entities otherwise established under Vermont law and authorized to do business in Vermont.

How much money is available?

Approximately $550, 000 is expected to be availablefor grants in fiscal year 1999-2000.

What is the sponsor's match?

Grant fUnds may pay for up to 80 percent of the total project cost with a minimum sponsor match of 20 percent. In-kind services and donated labor or materials may be used as a portion of the sponsor's match.

What can the money pay for?

This grant provides matching funds for

What is the timeline?

Grant Application Packets and Administration Guides are available from the FP&R in October. Applications are due to the FP&R by 4:30 PM on the first Friday in February each year.

A review committee scores and ranks projects in March and makes fUnding recommendations through the Vt. Trails & Greenways Council to the Commissioner of the FP&R for approval. Funding announcements are made in March for projects to be started in the spring of that year. Federally-fUnded applications will be forwarded by the FP&R to the Vermont Division of the FHWA for authorization.

When outstanding issues such as landowner permission or permitting have been resolved, the project sponsor and the FP&R will enter into a formal Project Agreement. At this time, work may begin.

How do we get the money?

This is a reimbursing grant program, so the project sponsor pays the expenses up front and then requests reimbursement from the FP&R.

Can we get money up-front?

Cash advances may be considered for approved elements of the project scope and where the applicant can demonstrate that there will otherwise be a financial hardship. In no case will the cash advance be equal to more than 50% of the total grant amount.

Mini Grants Option.

The Mini Grant option is a new two-year pilot project under the Vermont Recreation Trails Grant Program. Up to $3, 000 of grant funds may be set asidefor Mini Grants of up to $500 each to be available to local governments, community volunteer groups, educational institutions, civic groups, or approved non-profit organizations with recreation trails in their goals. Projects may provide "seed" money to perform certain recreation trail activities or to provide training, to develop a trail, or to purchase educational tools or materials. Mini Grants are payable up-front at 100% of the cost; no sponsor match is required.

Project Highlights (1992-98)

For more information, contact :

Laurie Adams, Admin. Asst.
Recreation & Trails Grant Program
Vt. Dept. ofForests, Parks & Recreation
103 South Main St., Bldg. 10 South
Waterbury,VT 05671-0604
802/241-3690 fax 802/244-1481
This brochure is available upon request in large print, Braille, and audio cassette. LJA 11/98

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