Grant programs available for economic recovery, outdoor rec

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Grant programs available for economic recovery, outdoor rec

Mon, 07/19/2021 - 3:45pm -- tim

Shelburne Vineyards on a sunny day in Vermont


The Economic Recovery Bridge Program is open and now accepting applications for any business that can show continued revenue loss due to COVID-19. Previous priority was given to those businesses who had yet to receive any state or federal funding. Applications are now being accepted and processed for any business that can show additional loss beyond funds already received.

For more information, including a video tutorial on how to apply, visit the ACCD Recovery Resource Center.


Last week the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation (FPR) launched the 2021 VOREC Community Grant Program and the new Enhancement of Recreational Stewardship and Access (ERSA) Trail Grants Program.

Together these programs have over $6 million in one-time state general funds to distribute to non-profit organizations and municipalities across Vermont. This funding is a portion of the more than $20 million Governor Scott directed for spending on outdoor recreation investments that support both short-term economic recovery and long-term stewardship of lands, waters, people, and local economies.

Today Monday, July 19 from 4:30pm to 6:00pm FPR will host a detailed overview of both programs and the application process. The workshop will also be recorded and posted online afterwards for anyone who can’t attend.


The Vermont Procurement and Technical Assistance Center (VT-PTAC) will be hosting a webinar to assist Vermont lodging facilities with understanding and registering for the FedRooms lodging program. FedRooms allows lodging facilities to join a pre-approved list of vendors to bid on government lodging contracts. The deadline to submit a business case is July 30, 2021.

The free VT-PTAC webinar to discuss the program and application process will be held Tuesday, July 20th at 10:00am.


The next meeting of the Governor’s Travel and Recreation Council will be this Thursday, July 22nd from 10:00am to 12:00pm at Shelburne Vineyards in Shelburne. All are welcomed to join this meeting as the Council will hear updates on VDTM marketing campaigns, legislative items, and from a panel of community leaders on strategies around the implementation of regional marketing grants. 


A reminder that if you are looking for more ways to promote your business or event, you can submit to the newly redesigned Stay and Play Directory, where you may be found by potential travelers through regional or town-specific search, as well as by keyword. Submit to the directory here. To be listed on the all new events calendar, please submit to the Vermont Vacation events calendar form. Please note: if you'd like your venue to show up within your event listing (in the "venue" or "owner" fields), you must submit your business to the directory first.

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