Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - Federal Recreational Trail
Dan Golner, Grants Specialist Coordinator
Division of Parks and Trails
500 Lafayette Road, Box 39
Saint Paul, MN 55155
Maximum Grant Amount
February 24, 2023
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting applications to the Federal Recreational Trail Program. The purpose of the program is to encourage the maintenance and development of motorized, non-motorized, and diversified trails by providing funding assistance.
Motorized and non-motorized trail projects; maintenance/restoration of existing recreational trails; development/ rehabilitation of recreational trail linkages, including trail side and trail head facilities; environmental awareness and safety education programs relating to the use of recreational trails; and redesign/relocation of trails to benefit/minimize the impact to the natural environment.
The Minnesota Recreational Trail Users Association annually prioritizes funding categories prior to the solicitation process. Projects that involve urban youth corps workers such as the Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa will be given special consideration.
Grant Amount and Match
A 25% cash or in-kind match for eligible elements of the project proposal is required. Costs must be incurred and paid for before reimbursement. Neither this funding source nor the cash match may be used to meet existing payroll; only contract services, materials and supplies are reimbursable. Federal funds can in some cases be used as match for this program.
The minimum grant request is $2,500, and the maximum trail grant award is $200,000. Maximum request per equipment grant is $75,000. Equipment grant requests also require a 25% secured match.
All projects must be sponsored by a unit of government, preferably in cooperation with a local trail organization.
Grant information was last reviewed by our staff on 2/27/2023
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