Reminder: Apply now for parks and trails grants

Application deadlines are fast approaching for several grant funding opportunities available for parks and trails programs. Several GMPT members have received grants in the past from these programs, so we strongly encourage you to apply. For eligibility requirements, deadlines and other details, please click on the following program links:

  • 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.
  • 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.