Grant Guide

Parks & Trails Council (P&TC)

Friends Group Grants

Overview

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 or youth engagement projects.

Application & Review Process

Deadline: March 30, 2020

Please download the Grant Overview before considering to apply. Applications can be submitted to friends@parksandtrails.org. If questions arise throughout the application process, reach out to the Friends Group Coordinator at 651-726-2457.

Funding Amount

$500 – $2,500

The minimum grant request is $500 and the maximum grant request is $2,500. Up to $15,000 in small grants will be issued to qualifying friends groups with appropriate projects in 2020. A cash match is not required, but projects with a cash match will receive careful consideration.

Eligibility

Projects

Projects should ideally be focused on youth engagement and/or habitat restoration. For example: field trip, nature playground, interpretive activities development, invasive species removal, planting tree/native plants, protecting trees/native plants, seed collection.

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Applicants

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$32,86415$2,190
2018$24,6965$4,939

2019 Project Distribution

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

Past Award Examples

AmountRecipientProject
$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.