See our legislative work in action! One of the GMPT’s achievements from the 2017 legislative session was successfully lobbying the Legislature to appropriate general fund dollars to local parks and trails grant programs. As a result of our efforts and strong leadership from legislators, there is now more money available in the Outdoor Recreation Grant Program and the Local Trail Connections Grant Program.
This week, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced that applications are now being accepted for these and other grant programs. These grants help local governments throughout the state create partnerships with the DNR to fund projects ranging from local parks, regional trails to trail connections. Eligibility requirements, deadlines, and other details can be found on the DNR Web site at mndnr.gov or on the following program links:
- Outdoor Recreation Grant Program
- Natural and Scenic Area Program
- Federal Recreational Trail Program
- Regional Trail Grant Program
- Local Trail Connections Grant Program
We strongly encourage GMPT members to apply for grants. When local governments show an interest in these grants and submit strong applications, it greatly increases the chances of receiving more funding for these important programs in the future.