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 28, 2020

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

$1,000 – $150,000

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



Maintenance of existing recreational trails; development of trail linkages, including trail side and trail head facilities; environmental awareness and safety education programs.

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

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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

2019 Project Distribution ($)

  • Joint - 41%
  • Motorized - 32%
  • Non-motorized - 27%

Past Award Examples

$25,140Superior Hiking Trail AssociationTo adopt trail structure standards used by national scenic trails.
$26,478Cass CountyPurchase equipment to groom cross country ski trails in the county.
$34,500Minnesota Trail Riders AssociationMaintain and improve trails and campgrounds.
$150,000City of ElyBuild 9.1 miles of mountain bike trails for winter and summer use.
$150,000MN DNR Parks & TrailsReplace a bridge for the Gateway State Trail.

The information about this grant was last updated on 1/28/2020. Be sure to contact the granting organization directly to verify details.