Provides funding for parks and trails of regional significance outside of the seven county metropolitan area. Applications for this program are submitted directly to the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission. The Commission submits funding recommendations to the legislature. The legislature then appropriates funding to the Department of Natural Resources to award and administer the grants. Please visit the Commission web page for application and contact information.
The Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission was established in 2013 to undertake system planning and provide recommendations to the legislature for grants funded by the parks and trails fund to counties and cities outside the seven-county metropolitan area for parks and trails of regional significance. Minnesota Statutes, 85.536
DNR Parks and Trails Legacy Grant Contacts:
Local units of government that have received Parks and Trails Legacy grants recommended by the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission and have a need for assistance with their grant should contact their DNR grant coordinator.
Park Grant Contacts:
Audrey Mularie, Southern Minnesota, North Metro
[email protected] or 651-259-5549
Joe Hiller, Northern Minnesota, South Metro
[email protected] or 651-259-5538
Trail Grant Contact:
Dan Golner, Recreation Program Coordinator, 651-259-5599
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Trails, 500 Lafayette Road, Box 39, Saint Paul, MN 55155.
For the Grantee
Parks and Trails Legacy Grant Program Funding and Project History
The Department of Natural Resources provided grants for parks and trails of regional significance outside of the metropolitan area through the Parks and Trails Legacy Grant Program from FY2010 – FY2015. Funded Legacy Grants