We’re excited to announce the latest recipients of the OGE Charitable Grant Fund! This grant cycle’s field of applicants was our most crowded yet, with over 20 local organizations submitting grant applications to help see their conservation or outdoor education-related projects through to fruition.
Thank you to all who applied, and, most importantly, a huge thank you to all of the OGE consignment customers whose generous donations make the grant fund possible—now in its 6th year, the CGF has grown beyond our wildest expectations and has become an amazing resource for Vermont’s outdoor community.
Without any further ado, here are our Fall 2019 Grant Cycle recipients:
Bristol Recreation Club
Bristol Recreation Club’s OGE Grant will be used for the improvement of the trail around the New Haven River, including bench cutting and the installation of stone steps. This project will increase access to outdoor recreation for folks regardless of age, ability, or socioeconomic situation.
Friends of the Winooski River
The Friends of the Winooski River will use their grant for the restoration of the river access point on the Montpelier High School grounds. This project will increase participation in outdoor recreation as well as aid in the preservation and rehabilitation of the riparian habitat through native tree/shrub planting and the development of a boat chute.
Lake Champlain Land Trust
The Lake Champlain Land Trust will use their grant for the restoration of Derway Cove in collaboration with the Winooski Valley Parks District. This project will be a key factor in the preservation/rehabilitation of the riparian habitats in Derway Cove and water quality of Lake Champlain through native tree/shrub planting, removal of invasive species, and the installation of educational signs.
Northwoods Stewardship Center
The Grant Fund will support the purchase of nordic ski equipment for youth winter programming. This project will increase participation in winter-based recreation in a rural area, and aid in the development of a relationship with nature among children and teens.
The Mad River Path Association
The Grant Fund will support the Mad River Path Association’s construction of a boardwalk on the Mill Brook Trail. This project will increase access to outdoor recreation across multiple user groups (mountain biking, hiking, bird watching, nordic skiing, etc.)
Trust for Public Land
The Trust for Public Land will use their OGE grant for the protection of the Long Trail on the Codding Hollow property. This project will increase participation in trail-based recreation for years to come with the permanent protection of the Long Trail (there are only 6.5 miles remaining to be conserved!)
If you’d like to learn more about the OGE Charitable Grant Fund, the organizations we donate to, or the projects that these organizations are working on, you can visit our Charitable Grant Fund page here.