Parks and Trails Legacy Grant Program

Program purpose

To provide grants to local units of government to support parks and trails of regional or statewide significance. Funding for this grant program is from the Parks and Trails Fund created by the Minnesota Legislature from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.

Eligible projects

Eligible projects include acquisition, development, improvement, and restoration of park and trail facilities of regional or statewide significance. All park projects must meet requirements for perpetual outdoor recreational use. Trail acquisition projects require a perpetual easement for recreational purposes. Trail development projects require a 20 year maintenance commitment by the project sponsor.

Eligible applicants

Cities, counties, and townships outside of the seven county metropolitan area as defined in Minnesota Statutes, section 473.121, subdivision 2.

Multi-organization collaboration is not required for this program.

Level of assistance

Grants are reimbursement based up to 100% of the total eligible project costs. Additional consideration in the selection process will be given to applicants that provide a non-state cash match.

Project costs must be incurred and paid before reimbursement can be made. Project costs become eligible for reimbursement once a contract agreement is established between the DNR and the grantee.

The minimum grant award is $20,000. Grant funding available:

  • FY 2014 funds: $3,391,680 for the grant program.
  • FY 2014 funds $4,352,000 and FY 2015 funds $3,045,000 for ten legislatively designated appropriations.
  • View the ten specific appropriations. This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.

Park legacy priorities

Priority for park project funding will be given to projects that address the priorities outlined in the Parks and Trails Legacy planThis is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.. Consideration will also be given to the design of the proposed project and existing park facilities. Project design should be compatible with the physical characteristics of the site, consistent with generally accepted engineering and architectural design standards, in accordance with accessibility standards and minimize risk to the health and safety of users.

Trail legacy priorities

Priority for trail project funding will be given to projects that address priorities outlined in the Parks and Trails Legacy PlanThis is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. and provide connectivity, enhanced opportunities for commuters, and enhanced safety. Significant considerations also include trail length, expected use, and resource quality and attractiveness.

Grant awards

The Department of Natural Resources will review and rank applications during the fall of 2013. Grant awards will be announced in the winter.

Project period

All work funded with FY 2014 appropriations must be completed no later than June 30, 2016. Projects that receive federal funds can be extended to equal the availability of the federal funding.

How to apply

The complete application is due on October 25, 2013. Grant application materials for the Park Legacy Grants and Trail Legacy Grants are linked below.

Park Legacy Grants

Contact information: Park grants contacts

Audrey Mularie, Southern Minnesota, North Metro
audrey.mularie@state.mn.us or 651-259-5549

Joe Hiller, Northern Minnesota, South Metro
joe.hiller@state.mn.us or 651-259-5538

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Division of Parks and Trails
500 Lafayette Road, Box 39
Saint Paul, MN 55155

Trail Legacy Grants

Contact information:

Traci Vibo, Grant Coordinator
traci.vibo@state.mn.us or 651-259-5619

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Division of Parks and Trails
500 Lafayette Road, Box 39
Saint Paul, MN 55155

 

Related DNR programs

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This program is made possible by funds from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.