Jackson County4GMPT provides the links below as a resource for existing grant and funding resources.

Please email us at greatermnparkstrails@gmail.com with other suggestions & sources.

Currently accepting applications:

2020 Capital Budget (a.k.a. bonding) Proposals – Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) has released its capital budget instructions, outlining the process by which local governments and state agencies submit capital budget requests to be considered for inclusion in the Governor’s next bonding proposal. This is the first step in the agency’s capital budget process, which will conclude with submission of the Governor’s 2020 bonding proposal to the Legislature next January. If you have a bonding request that you would like to make for your community, you should work with your city or county staff to submit your project to MMB by June 14, 2019 in order to be considered for the Governor’s proposal. To learn more about whether bonding might be an option for your park or trail project, you can read more in this blog post on the our website.

Parks and Trails Legacy Grants – The Greater Minnesota Regional Parks & Trails Commission is currently accepting applications for Legacy grants for the FY2021 funding cycle. To be eligible, the park or trail must be designated as “regional.” The application portal will close on Aug. 2, 2019.

National Park Service Community Assistance in Conservation and Outdoor Recreation – The National Park Service (NPS) is taking applications for community assistance in planning park, trail and conservation projects through its Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program. Apply by June 30, 2019 to receive technical assistance with project elements such as: park & trail planning, visioning & goal setting, partnership building, organizational development, resource analysis, community outreach, facilitation, priority setting, consensus building and developing funding strategies. If accepted, your project team will receive a year or more of assistance from an experienced Outdoor Recreation Planner at no cost. Local, regional & state governments and non profit organizations as well as informal community groups are welcome to apply. More information is available on this video.

No longer accepting applications for this year:

Federal Recreational Trail Program – Grants between $1,000 and $150,000 will be awarded for maintenance/restoration of recreational trails; development or rehabilitation of recreational trail linkages or trail head facilities; environmental awareness and safety education programs, and redesign or relocation of trails to benefit the environment. All projects must be sponsored by a unit of government, but preference is given to projects done in cooperation with a local trail organization or that involve youth corps worker groups. A 25 percent cash or in-kind match is required. The most recent round of applications were due Feb. 28, 2019.

Local Trails Connection Program – Grants ranging from $5,000 to $150,000 are available for local units of government for the acquisition or development of short trail connections between where people live and desirable locations. A 25 percent match is required. Priority is given to projects that provide significant connectivity. The most recent round of applications were due March 29, 2019.

Regional Trail Grant Program – Grants ranging from $5,000 to $250,000 are available for the development of trails in Greater Minnesota of regional or statewide significance. A 25 percent cash match is required. The most recent round of applications were due March 29, 2019.

Natural and Scenic Area Grants – Grants up to $500,000 are available to local governments for acquisition of natural and scenic land for development. The 2014-2018 State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) provides guidance on priorities. A maximum of 50 percent of total project costs will be reimbursed. The most recent round of applications were due March 29, 2019.

Outdoor Recreation Grant Program – Grants of up to 50 percent of project costs (with a maximum award of $250,000) are available to local governments to increase and enhance outdoor recreation facilities in local and community parks. Acquisition and development or development projects are eligible including internal park trails, picnic shelters, playgrounds, athletic facilities, boat accesses, fishing piers, swimming beaches and campgrounds. The SCORP guidelines will establish priorities for this grant program. The most recent round of applications were due March 29, 2019.

Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program – Grants from $5,000 to $400,000 to available to local, regional, state, and national nonprofit organizations, including government entities for conservation projects that restore, enhance, or protect forests, wetlands, prairies, and habitat for fish, game, and wildlife in Minnesota. The application deadline for the most recent round of grants was in January 2019.

Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund – Funds projects that help maintain and enhance Minnesota’s environment and natural resources. See LCCMR’s 2020 Request for Proposal (RFP) for information on how to apply. The deadline for the most recent round of applications was April 15, 2019.