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:

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. 26, 2021.

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 31, 2021.

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 due March 31, 2021.

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 percent of total project costs will be reimbursed. Applications are due March 31, 2021.

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 31, 2021.

Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund – Approximately $70 million from the lottery-generated fund is available for projects that aim to protect, conserve, preserve, and enhance Minnesota’s air, water, land, fish, wildlife, and other natural resources. Applicants must submit proposals through the LCCMR’s online proposal and grant management system. Proposals are due April 2, 2021.

No longer accepting applications for this year/round of funding:

No Child Left Inside grant program – The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources administers this grant program which aims provide grants for outdoor environmental, ecological and other natural-resource-based education and recreation programs serving youth. The Phase 1 mini grants program closed on Oct. 23, 2019, and the application deadline for Phase 2 was Jan. 9, 2020.

Conservation Partners Legacy (CPL) Grant Program – The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources administers this grant program that funds conservation projects that restore, enhance, or protect forests, wetlands, prairies, and habitat for fish, game, and wildlife in Minnesota. This program provides competitive matching grants from $5,000 to $400,000 to local, regional, state and national nonprofit organizations, including government entities. The FY 2020 application period for round three of this grant program closed Jan. 21, 2020.

Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund – Funds projects that help maintain and enhance Minnesota’s environment and natural resources. See LCCMR’s 2021 Request for Proposal (RFP) for information on how to apply. The deadline to apply was April 30, 2020.