Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation (FPR) - Agency of Natural Resources (ANR)
Grants to Vermont municipal entities, including park, fire, and school districts and government agencies, to provide state residents with outdoor recreational facilities. Funding is intended for projects to acquire lands and to develop and improve existing parks and spaces.
Eligible Projects and Project Costs
There are two general categories of projects that can receive LWCF funds: Acquisition and development. Funds are available for the acquisition of lands and waters or for the development and enhancement of public outdoor recreation facilities that are consistent with the outdoor recreation goals and objectives highlighted in the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) and recreation elements of local plans.
Areas acquired may serve a variety of outdoor recreation activities including: walking, sightseeing, swimming and other water sports, picnicking, nature study, boating, hunting and shooting, camping, horseback riding, bicycling, snowmobiling, skiing, athletic fields, public playgrounds, and other outdoor recreation activities. Acquisition projects may also include structures which are to be used for outdoor recreation or support facilities for outdoor recreation.
Eligible Acquisitions: An acquisition project should include the purchase of land for outdoor recreation purposes. A project may involve the acquisition of land to create a new park or expand an existing park. It may also consist of the acquisition of land for more than one park if the parks are of the same type. An example of a multi-site acquisition project is the purchase of land for two neighborhood parks or parcels for access points along a river to create a greenbelt park corridor.
Development projects can be the construction or rehabilitation of outdoor recreation facilities or areas. A major rehabilitation project may consist of the repair, restoration, or reconstruction of eligible facilities, which is necessitated by obsolescence, building code changes, or normal wear and tear not attributed to a lack of maintenance.
Plans for the development of land and/or facilities should be based on the needs of the public, the expected use, and the type and character of the area. Facilities should be attractive for public use and generally be consistent with the surrounding environment. Plans and specifications for the improvements and/or facilities should be in accord with established engineering and architectural practices. Emphasis should be given to the health and safety of users, accessibility to the general public, and the protection of the recreation and natural values of the area. Facilities can only be developed on properties that the project sponsor has title to or complete control and tenure.
Eligible Facilities (examples):
For additional details about each of the project areas, see the Application Guidebook in Supporting Documents below.
GrantWatch ID#: 150261
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Email applications to:
Land and Water Conservation Fund
Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation
1 National Life Drive Davis 2
Montpelier, VT 05604
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