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MAT Staff December 17, 2019

Minnesota Department of Natural Resource – 2020 Grant Programs

For 2020, The Minnesota Department of Natural Recourses (MNDNR) has five grant funding opportunities for townships to aid in funding the creation or maintenance of outdoor recreation areas, natural and scenic areas, and local, regional, and federal recreational trails.  

1. Outdoor Recreation Grant Program 

This program provides aid for park acquisition and/or development. This can include internal, non-motorized, park trails, picnic shelters, playgrounds, athletic facilities, boat accesses, fishing piers, swimming beaches, and campgrounds. Some non-eligible facilities include, construction of any facility on land not owned by the township, facilities not available for public use, construction of indoor recreational facilities, concession-only buildings, golf-courses, press boxes, shooting ranges, motorized trails, decorative fountains, statues, plaques, and sewer to individual campsites. 

The aid from this program is up to 50% of the total costs of the project up to $250,000. The minimum project costs to be eligible is $20,000.  

To apply, an electronic application in a “.pdf” format must be submitted according to application instructions by March 27th, 2020. If you would like a draft of the application reviewed, you may submit your application and other materials by March 6th, 2020, and have your application reviewed by MNDNR staff. 

Some selection considerations include: 

  • Does the project connect people to the outdoors? 
  • Does the project acquire land? 
  • Does the project create opportunities? 
  • Does the project take care of what we have? 
  • Is the project more beneficial than costly? 
  • Is the project safe, meeting standards, and environmentally cooperative? 

Please visit https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/grants/recreation/outdoor_rec.html for further details. 

 

2. Natural and Scenic Area Program 

This program provides aid to acquire natural and scenic areas either in fee or as a permanent easement 

The aid from this program is up to 50% of the total costs of the project up to $250,000. The minimum project costs to be eligible is $20,000.  

To apply, an electronic application in a “.pdf” format must be submitted according to application instructions by March 27th, 2020. If you would like a draft of the application reviewed, you may submit your application and other materials by March 6th, 2020, and have your application reviewed by MNDNR staff. 

Some selection considerations include: 

  • Does the project connect people to the outdoors? 
  • Does the project acquire land? 
  • Does the project take care of what we have? 
  • Is the project more beneficial than costly? 
  • Is the project environmentally cooperative? 

Please visit https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/grants/land/natural-scenic-app-cycle.html for further details. 

 

3. Federal Recreational Trail Program 

This program provides aid to Motorized and non-motorized trail projects; maintenance/restoration of existing recreational trails; development/ rehabilitation of recreational trail linkages, including trail side and trail head facilities; environmental awareness and safety education programs relating to the use of recreational trails; and redesign/relocation of trails to benefit/minimize the impact to the natural environment. 

The minimum grant request is $1,000, and the maximum trail grant award is $150,000. Maximum request per piece of equipment and per equipment grant is $75,000. Equipment purchases at or above $75,000 require a 50% match, and those purchases below $75,000 require a 25% match. 

To apply, an electronic application in a “.pdf” format must be submitted to Trailgrants.DNR@state.mn.us by February 28th, 2020. If you would like a draft of the application reviewed, you may submit your application and other materials by February 3rd, 2020, and have your application reviewed by MNDNR staff. 

Some selection priorities include 

  • Projects that accommodate both motorized and non-motorized uses, including sameseason access corridors.  
  • Projects that involve youth corps workers such as Conservation Corps Minnesota will be given special consideration.  
  • For all-terrain vehicle, off-highway motorcycle, off-road 4×4 vehicle, and snowmobile projects, priority will be given to trail acquisition and purchase of permanent easements, to trail development and trail linkages to existing systems over equipment purchases.   
  • For all horse, in-line skate, cross-country ski, hike, and bicycle, priority will be given to trail linkages and restoration to existing trail systems, necessary trail facilities, trail signage to improve safety, and trail maintenance equipment.  
  • Projects that provide recreational opportunities in underserved areas. 

Please visit https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/grants/recreation/trails_federal.html for further details. 

 

4. Regional Trail Grant Program 

This program provides aid to projects including the acquisition and development of trail facilities outside the seven-county metropolitan area that are considered of regional or statewide significance. Acquisition projects require a perpetual easement for recreational purposes. Development projects require a 20 year maintenance commitment by the project sponsor. 

Grants are reimbursement based up to 75 percent of eligible project costs, and recipients must provide a non-state cash match of at least 25 percent. The minimum grant request is $5,000, and the maximum grant award is $250,000. 

To apply, an electronic application in a “.pdf” format must be submitted to Trailgrants.DNR@state.mn.us by March 27th, 2020. If you would like a draft of the application reviewed, you may submit your application and other materials by March 6th, 2020, and have your application reviewed by MNDNR staff. 

Some selection priorities include: 

  • Projects that provide connectivity, such as trails connecting where people live (e.g. residential areas within cities, entire communities) and significant public resources (e.g. historical areas, open space, parks and/or other trails). 
  • Projects that can be expected to have relatively high usage.  
  • Projects that provide for a unique and interesting connection to the outdoors, such as trails with scenic views, unique natural and cultural features, and wildlife/nature viewing. 

Please visit https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/grants/recreation/trails_regional.html for further details. 

 

5. Local Trail Connections Grant Program 

This program provides aid for Eligible projects include acquisition and development of trail facilities. Projects must result in a trail linkage that is immediately available for use by the general public 

Grants are reimbursement based up to 75 percent of the total eligible project costs, and recipients must provide a non-state cash match of at least 25 percent. The minimum grant request is $5,000, and the maximum grant award is $150,000. 

To apply, an electronic application in a “.pdf” format must be submitted to Trailgrants.DNR@state.mn.us to by March 27th, 2020. If you would like a draft of the application reviewed, you may submit your application and other materials by March 6th, 2020, and have your application reviewed by MNDNR staff. 

Some selection priorities include: 

  • Projects that provide connectivity, such as trails connecting where people live (e.g. residential areas within cities, entire communities) and significant public resources (e.g. historical areas, open space, parks and/or other trails). 
  • Projects that can be expected to have relatively high usage.  
  • Projects that provide for a unique and interesting connection to the outdoors, such as trails with scenic views, unique natural and cultural features, and wildlife/nature viewing. 

Please visit https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/grants/recreation/trails_local.html for further details. 

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