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VPF Welcomes Grant Applications for the Park Access Fund


A young child holds a moose antler inside a nature center
Photo Courtesy of Recovery Vermont, Park Access Grantee 2023, at the Groton Nature Center

Vermont Parks Forever is excited to announce its Park Access Fund Grant Application is open for 2024. Since 2016, Vermont Parks Forever has granted over $50,000 to cover park entry fees and help create a more equitable outdoor experience throughout the state. This year, the Park Access Fund will again provide over 10,000 free days in the parks to community partners across Vermont. 


Organizations serving Vermonters facing barriers to outdoor experiences can apply for a Park Access Grant at https://www.vermontparksforever.org/park-access-fund. The deadline for this short application is April 5, 2024. 


“The Park Access Fund breaks down barriers for Vermonters who otherwise might not have the chance to experience all that Vermont State Parks have to offer. The Fund helps foster families, youth programs, those with developmental disabilities, BIPOC communities, new Americans, mental health clients, and those with limited mobility, among others, to enjoy all the benefits that come with time spent in the parks,” says Vermont Parks Forever’s Executive Director, Sarah Alberghini Winters. She added, “We are grateful for the good work our community partners do throughout Vermont and commend their efforts to integrate visits to the state parks into their programming.” 


2023 grantees included the following community partners serving all 14 counties of Vermont:


Beckley Day School of WCMHS

Boys and Girls Club of Brattleboro

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Vergennes

Boys and Girls Club of Rutland County

Central Vermont Families and Friends United

Champlain Community Services

Clara Martin Center

Clarina Howard Nichols Center

Come Alive Outside

EDD Adaptive Sports

Experience Literacy Camp at Mt. Anthony Union Middle School

Lamoille County Mental Health

Laraway Youth and Family Services

MENTOR Vermont

North Branch Nature Center

Northeast Disabled Athletic Association

Northwestern Counseling and Support Services, Inc

Outdoor Asian VT

Outdoor Family Weekend through UVM Extension

Reach Up 

Recovery Vermont

Sarah Holbrook Community Center

Spectrum Youth and Family Services

Springfield Area Parent Child Center

The Janet S. Munt Family Room

The Rainbow Bridge Community Center

Turning Point Recovery Center of Bennington

Turning Point Recovery Center of Springfield

United Way, Working Bridges

Unlikely Riders

Vermont Achievement Center, Sheldon Academy

Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports

Vermont Department for Children and Families

Vermont Family Network

Vermont Releaf Collective

VT Social Adventure Group

Washington County Mental Health

Women, Infants, and Children Program


To read more about the impact the 2023 Park Access Fund had for Vermonters, visit: https://www.vermontparksforever.org/park-access-fund.


Vermont Parks Forever extends a special thank you to the following donors for their commitment to this important program over the past 6 years:


The Alchemist 

BlueCross BlueShield of Vermont

Cashdan/Stein Great Grandmother Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation

The Charles P. Ferro Foundation

Chroma Technology

Common Deer

Mascoma Bank

McCormick, Fitzpatrick, Kasper & Burchard, PC

New England Federal Credit Union

NorthCountry Federal Credit Union

Outdoor Gear Exchange

SCHIP

Timber & Stone, LLC

Ursa Major Natural Care

VELCO

Vermont Electric Cooperative

Vermont Mutual Insurance 

Vermont-NEA


To see the full list of generous donors to the Park Access Fund or to contribute, visit: https://vermontparksforever.org/park-access-fund/.

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