Grant Guide

Minnesota DNR

Regional Trail Grants

Overview

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

Grant Website

Funds

0% pie chartA 25% match of non-state cash is required. Costs must be paid for and incurred before reimbursement. 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 spring, and they issue award notifications in 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

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.

Statistics & Examples

Funding History

YearFunds Awarded# ProjectsAverage Award
2019$728,3753$242,792
2018$443,6503$147,883
2017$249,0001$249,000
2016$200,0001$200,000
2015$250,0001$250,000

2018 Project Distribution

Past Award Examples

AmountRecipientProject
$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)