One of the GMPT’s top goals is to advocate for funding the Department of Natural Resources Parks and Trails programs. We’ve been fairly successful in the past, but now we need you to step forward and apply for those grants. The DNR recently announced that the following grant programs are open and the maximum grant amount has increased in most programs. Get out there and apply! Improve, build, redevelop, or add to your parks and trails!
Local Trails Connection Program – Grants ranging from $5,000 to $250,000 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% match is required. Priority is given to projects that provide significant connectivity. Applications are due March 31, 2022.
Regional Trail Grant Program – Grants ranging from $5,000 to $300,000 are available for the development of trails in Greater Minnesota of regional or statewide significance. A 25% cash match is required. Applications are due March 31, 2022.
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 2020-2024 State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) provides guidance on priorities. A maximum of 50% of total project costs will be reimbursed. Applications are due March 31, 2022.
Outdoor Recreation Grant Program – Grants of up to 50% of project costs (with a maximum award of $300,000) 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 31, 2022.