The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources accepts applications to the Federal Recreational Trail Program annually. The purpose of the program is to encourage the maintenance and development of motorized, non-motorized, and diversified trails by providing funding assistance.

Eligible projects:
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.

Ineligible activities:
Condemnation, trail construction in federally designated wilderness areas, and facilitating motorized trail use on trails predominantly used by non motorized users prior to May 1, 1991.

All projects must be sponsored by a unit of government, preferably in cooperation with a local trail organization.

The application deadline is generally on or around the last Friday in February, annually.


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