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.

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. Applications are 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. Applications are 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. Applications are 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. Applications are 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. Applications are 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. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a draft proposal by March 15, 2019. Final proposals must be submitted online by 4:30 p.m. on April 15, 2019.

Parks & Trails Legacy Grant Program