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Grant Announced to Help Maintain and Develop VT Trails

Governor Peter Shumlin announced Tuesday a $504,279 grant to help 15 municipalities and non-profit organizations with recreational trail projects across Vermont.
MONTPELIER, Vt. - Governor Peter Shumlin announced Tuesday a $504,279 grant to help 15 municipalities and non-profit organizations with recreational trail projects across Vermont.

A press release says funds may be used to develop, rehabilitate, and maintain trails and trailhead facilities for non-motorized, motorized, and/or multiple compatible recreational trail uses.

"Vermont’s outdoor recreation opportunities are so important to our way of life and our economy. These grants provide opportunities for Vermonters to spend more time on our trails, encouraging outdoor activity and healthy living,” said Governor Shumlin.

About half of the grant funds will be awarded to VAST (Vermont Association of Snow Travelers) for grooming, signage, and safety patrols. A press release says the other half will be divided between other project sponsors in increments of $20,000 or less. Sponsors will be required to contribute at least 20% of total project costs.

Municipalities and non-profit organizations can apply for the Recreational Trails Program grant for fall 2014 and spring 2015 until February 28, 2014. Applications are available online through the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation's website.
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