2022 Pre-Application Submissions

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Bookstock Literary Festival

Peter Rousmaniere

Bookstock is coming back with a vision for the Town of Woodstock to be a cultural magnet in Vermont and Northern New England. We presented increasingly rich annual literary festivals 2009-2019, then went into pandemic-related hibernation in 2020-2021. It is reopening live on June 24-26, 2022. Previously Bookstock was entirely volunteer-run and informal in organization. It has completely re-organized as a formal entity, tax exempt status pending, and is strengthening its quality of programming and marketing. It seeks to become a leading go-to event for persons in and out of state and to brand Woodstock as a cultural hub. It is engaging one or two part time staff December 2021 – July 2022 to manage the festival, and is upgrading its internet presence throughout the United States. It will step up its private sector fund raising.

We have spent much of 2021 exploring how to put on such an ambitious event in such a small town. We are seeking funding for the staff, of $20,000, and an additional $5,000 for building internet capability, all to be spent January – July 2022. To some extent, these are one-time capacity-building investments. Coverage of expenses in the future we hope to cover by increased private contributions; however, we may come to the EDC for some funding to meet new needs in the next few years. We plan for COVID contingencies to ensure there will be a live and highly visible weekend in 2022 regardless.

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Electric Leaf Blower Transition Project

Jenevra Wetmore

Sustainable Woodstock seeks to partner with the Public Works Department of Woodstock to fund two electric leaf blowers for town and village use. Currently, the Town and Village Highway Garages use backpack leaf blowers for lawn care in the spring and fall. The Village crew also uses leaf blowers to clean potholes. Replacing gas blowers with electric blowers would significantly decrease noise pollution in town and eliminate air pollution. Additionally, electric blowers are safer for the workers operating them and the general public.

Sustainable Woodstock is also in the process of developing educational materials on the safety and environmental hazards of gas-powered leaf blowers. The grant would allow us to do a small print run of pamphlets to provide to residents, local contractors, and businesses who employ them. These educational materials would provide a helpful companion to the example set by the town’s switch to electric blowers.

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19-21 Central Street

Thalia Tringo

I recently bought the Woodstock Pharmacy building and want to install a sprinkler system to protect the building (and others on the block).

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Vist Woodstock Smartphone App

David Brown

I created this smartphone app to help visitors to Woodstock know where to stay, where to dine, where to shop, and what to do.

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Children's Garden and Play space

Matthew Powers

The Woodstock History Center will develop a new outdoor space that aims to enhance young children’s discovery and imagination. This new project will consist of a new children’s garden, miniature barn, and play space on the back lawn of the Woodstock History Center.

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E-bike Rentals

Luke Steven Hanson

Greetings from Woodstock Wheels!
Starting in May of 2021 I began a business renting out electric bicycles to the broader Woodstock community and tourists. It was a great success with many fully booked weekends and happy customers. I provided all upfront costs including a $10,000 loan which paid for 11 e-bikes, helmets, bike tools/supplies, merchandise, marketing costs, etc. The Woodstock Recreation Center was generous enough to let me use their space to run my business.

This grant will provide me with the funds I will need to grow and show people a new and exciting way to explore our village and surrounding communities. I will be able to purchase a larger quantity and better quality e-bikes as-well-as expand my network, keep up with proper maintenance, and pursue a variety of ideas to provide customers with a unique and memorable experience of Vermont’s remarkable landscape.

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E-bike Fleet

Luke Hanson

Greetings from Woodstock Wheels!
Starting in May of 2021 I began a business renting out electric bicycles to the broader Woodstock community and tourists. It was a great success with many fully booked weekends and happy customers. I provided all upfront costs in addition to a $10,000 personal loan which paid for 11 e-bikes, helmets, bike tools/supplies, merchandise, marketing costs, etc. The Woodstock Recreation Center was generous enough to let me use their space to run my business.

This grant will provide me with the funds I will need to grow and show people a new and exciting way to explore our village and surrounding communities. I will be able to purchase a larger quantity and better quality e-bikes as-well-as expand my network, keep up with proper maintenance, and pursue a variety of ideas to provide customers with a unique and memorable experience of Vermont’s remarkable landscape.