Grant Guide

Minnesota DNR

Local Trail Connection Grants

Overview

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Program intends to accelerate development of local trail connections between where people live and significant public resources. The program is not intended to create significant new trails.

Grant Website

Funds

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Grantees are reimbursed for up to 75% of the total project costs—recipient must cover at least 25% of the total project cost. Funding for this grant program is from “In Lieu Of”state lottery proceeds. Funding is subject to appropriation from the Legislature and signature of the Governor.

Application & Review Process

Applications are reviewed by the DNR in the spring, with award notifications issued in the summer.

Eligibility

Projects

Land acquisition; trail construction or restoration; permanent trailside improvements (i.e. drainage, parking, bathrooms); ADA compliance; bridge construction; contracted maintenance.

Applicants

Local units of government (i.e. cities, counties, townships); trail organizations may apply, but only in coordination with a local unit of government.

Geography

Projects must be within Minnesota. Projects within state park boundaries or state trail corridors are not eligible.

Statistics & Examples

Funding History

YearFunds Awarded# ProjectsAverage Award
2019$1,550,00011$140,909
2018$731,3506$121,982
2017$585,0005$117,000
2016$361,5304$90,383
2015$550,0004$137,500

2018 Project Distribution

Past Award Examples

AmountRecipientProject
$8,000Sheridan County Conservation DistrictAcme reclamation planning project
$25,000Friends of the Mississippi RiverEngage residents to steward Inver Grove Heights natural areas
$25,000Urban RootsRivoli conservation demonstration site
$30,000Minnesota Land TrustSt. Louis River corridor revitalization initiative
$35,000Coalition for the Poudre River WatershedForest resiliency and wildfire risk reduction in a state park