Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Grants to Minnesota local government agencies to promote the use of biking, walking, and other alternative forms of transportation. Funding is intended to support the development of trails that connect communities to each other. Grants may be used for projects such as construction, the development of linkages in strategic locations, land acquisition, improvement of facilities, improved trail access for people with disabilities, trail restoration, maintenance of existing recreational trails, and the construction or restoration of trail bridges. Consideration will be given to trail length, expected high usage, and the quality of connection to the outdoors, such as scenic views, and unique natural and cultural features.
The Local Trail Connections Program is intended to accelerate local trail connections to planned and existing state trails and other public facilities, not to create significant new recreation trails. Its primary purpose is to complete connections between residential areas within cities or entire communities and significant public resources (e.g., historical areas, open space, parks and/or other trails). Projects must result in a trail linkage that is immediately available for use by the general public.
Specified Recreational Uses (one or more): Walking/Hiking, Bicycling, Mountain Bicycling, Horseback Riding, Cross-Country Skiing, In-Line Skating, Snowmobiling, ATV Riding, Off-Highway Motorcycling, Off-Road Vehicles.
For a detailed list of Eligible Projects and Costs, see: https://files.dnr.state.mn.us/assistance/grants/recreation/local_trails_connection/ltc_manual.pdf#page=7
GrantWatch ID#: 178675
The minimum grant request is $5,000, and the maximum grant award is $150,000.
Funds will first be available no earlier than July 1, 2020 to start the contracting process. This means projects funded in this grant round will not have a contract in place before July 1st and thus cannot begin the project prior to this date.
All projects awarded through this grant round must be completed by June 30, 2022 and immediately available for use to the general public for no less than 20 years.
Typically, only projects that are programmed for funding in the current or upcoming federal fiscal year are eligible to receive funding through the current year's solicitation.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Email the application and attachments to:
Dan Golner, Grant Specialist Coordinator
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Division of Parks and Trails
500 Lafayette Road, Box 39
Saint Paul, MN 55155
651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367
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