Grant Guide

Minnesota DNR

Federal Recreational Trail Grants


This program funds projects that involve maintenance and development of motorized, non-motorized, and diversified (joint) trails.

Application & Review Process

Deadline: February 29, 2024

Applications are reviewed by the DNR and the state’s trail advisory council, Minnesota Recreational Trail Users Association. They evaluate and rank applications in spring and issue award notices in summer.

Funding Amount

$2,500 – $150,000

A 25% cash or in-kind match is required. The maximum request for equipment grants is $75,000. This grant is a reimbursement for contract services, materials, and supplies.



Maintenance/restoration of existing recreational trails; development/rehabilitation of trail linkages, including trail side and trail head facilities; environmental awareness and safety education programs; and redesign/relocation of trails to benefit/minimize the impact to the natural environment.

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Local units of government (i.e. cities, counties, townships), preferably in cooperation with a local trail organization.

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Land Type & Geography

Trail projects within Minnesota are eligible.

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Statistics & Examples

Funding History

YearFunds Awarded# ProjectsAverage Award

2020 Project Distribution ($)

Past Award Examples

$8,059Goodhue CountyPurchase two trail counters for the Cannon Valley Trail.
$9,247City of ElyPurchase snowmobile for cross country ski trail grooming.
$25,000Stearns CountyCrack fill/seal coating and general maintenance on 6 miles of the Lake Wobegon Trail.
$30,000Minnesota Trail Riders AssociationMaintain and improve trails and campgrounds in parks.
$150,000DNR - Glendalough State ParkComplete paved trail within the park to separate from vehicle traffic.

The information about this grant was last updated on 12/22/2020. Be sure to contact the granting organization directly to verify details.