Grant Guide

Minnesota DNR

Regional Trail Grants


This program supports acquisition and development of recreation trails outside the seven-county metro area that are considered regionally significant.

Application & Review Process

Deadline: March 27, 2020

Applications are reviewed by the DNR in spring, and they issue award notifications in summer.

Funding Amount

$5,000 – $250,000

Up to 75% of the total project cost is eligible for reimbursement under this grant. In the past, funding for this grant program has been from “In Lieu Of” state lottery proceeds, which was subject to appropriation from the Legislature and signature of the Governor.



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

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

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Land Type & Geography

Trails of regional significance in Minnesota, but outside of the seven-county metro area. Projects within state park boundaries or state trail corridors are not eligible.

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Statistics & Examples

Funding History

YearFunds Awarded# ProjectsAverage Award

2019 Project Distribution

  • City - 100%

Past Award Examples

$93,650Chisago CountyPave bituminous surface on the Swedish Immigrant Trail
$100,000Fairview TownshipConstruct 7.8 miles of multi-use paved trail
$228,375City of MankatoReplace bridge over creek on the Minnesota Trail
$250,000City of Red WingHard surface, non-motorized bike trail development connecting two parks
$250,000City of DuluthShared use bridge replacement (snowmobile, mountain bike, hiking)

The information about this grant was last updated on 12/23/2019. Be sure to contact the granting organization directly to verify details.