Grant Guide

Parks & Trails Council (P&TC)

Friends Group Grants


This grant program is designed to support friends groups of parks and trails in Minnesota. Friends groups can apply for funds to support habitat restoration projects.

Application & Review Process

Final Application Deadline: February 26, 2021

Please download the Grant Overview before considering to apply. Be sure to connect with your land management agency contact and the Friends Group Coordinator from P&TC (651-726-2457) while developing your group’s application. Applications can be submitted to

Funding Amount

$500 – $1,000

The minimum grant request is $500 and the maximum grant request is $1,000. Up to $5,000 in small grants will be issued to qualifying friends groups with appropriate projects in 2021. A cash match is not required, but projects with a cash match will receive careful consideration.



Projects should be focused on habitat restoration. For example: planting tree/native plants, protecting trees/native plants, seed collection, and invasive species removal.

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Applicants must be a Friends Group Partner of Parks & Trails Council.

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Land Type & Geography

Projects that take place on parks and trails in Minnesota are eligible.

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Statistics & Examples

P&TC started issuing grants to friends groups in 2018. Two separate pilot programs were implemented and had different focuses and priorities. The statistics below do not differentiate between the grant programs.

Funding History

YearFunds Awarded# ProjectsAverage Award

2019 Project Distribution

  • Youth Engagement - 8 projects
  • Habitat Restoration - 7 projects

Past Award Examples

$500Friends of Wild River State ParkHosted a field trip at the park for local students, many of whom had never been there before.
$1,000Gitchi-Gami Trail AssocationStarted a school bike fleet and organized a "Bike to Birch Trees" field trip.
$3,288Friends of MinneopaPlanted and protected trees for improved shade and habitat.
$4,000Sibley State Park Improvement AssociationRemoved invasives and replaced with native trees and vegetation.
$5,000Friends of Itasca State ParkInstalled 460 tree cages around young, naturally growing pine trees.