Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Grants to Minnesota municipal and county governments to develop long-distance recreational trails in eligible regions. Funding is intended to support the development and acquisition of trail facilities that are considered to be of statewide or regional significance. Eligible trails are located in areas of the State outside the seven-county metropolitan region. Priority will be given to projects that develop trails of significant length. Acquisition projects require a perpetual easement for recreational purposes; development projects require a 20-year maintenance commitment by the project sponsor.
This program is intended to accelerate the development of long-distance recreational trails that are destinations, in essence to create significant new recreation trails. Grants are awarded for the acquisition and development of regional trails and for removal of barriers that impede full access to these facilities. Historically, priority has been given to projects that can demonstrate significant length, a high-expected use, significant resource quality and attractiveness.
Eligible projects may include, but are not necessarily limited to the following examples:
- Land acquisition from willing sellers, where value is established by a licensed and certified appraiser, whose conclusions of value are certified by the State, and only if perpetual easement for recreation trail purposes is conveyed to the state.
- Construction of trails on public or private lands where a twenty year easement for the purpose of the project can be obtained.
- Development of trail linkages near homes and workplaces.
- Development of permanent trailside improvements and trailhead facilities (e.g., drainage, crossings, stabilization, parking, signage, controls, open-sided shelters, water, and sanitary facilities).
- Provision of features that facilitate access and use of trails by persons with disabilities.
- Restoration of existing trail facilities, such as resurfacing, repair, or rehabilitation of trails or trailhead facilities.
- Contracted maintenance of existing recreational trails.
- Construction or restoration of trail bridges.
For information about eligible reimbursement costs, see: https://files.dnr.state.mn.us/assistance/grants/recreation/regional_trail_program/reg_manual.pdf#page=7
GrantWatch ID#: 180214
The minimum grant request is $5,000, and the maximum grant award is $250,000.
All work funded with FY 2021 appropriations must be completed no later than June 30, 2022.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Applications should be emailed to: Trailgrants.DNR@state.mn.us
Dan Golner, Grants Specialist Coordinator
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Division of Parks and Trails
500 Lafayette Road, Box 39
Saint Paul, MN 55155
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