News Release 609

Grant applications are available for outdoor recreation and motorized trail projects

Volume 38-609 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., OCT. 18, 2010-- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has announced that applications are available for federal grants to assist in financing outdoor recreation projects and motorized trail projects.

“These Land and Water Conservation Fund and Recreational Trails Program grants provide ways for organizations to create or enhance projects for the public to get outside and enjoy Missouri. They can provide healthy recreational options and I urge all organizations who are eligible to take advantage of this opportunity,” said Bill Bryan, director of the department’s Division of State Parks. 

The federally funded Land and Water Conservation Fund grants, which assist in financing outdoor recreation projects, are available to all local governments and public school districts. The grants are made available through the U.S. Department of the Interior's National Park Service and a 55 percent match is required. Projects can be for the development or renovation of outdoor recreational facilities, or for acquisition of park land.

Applications for the Land and Water Conservation Fund grants must be postmarked by Dec. 15, 2010. An estimated $500,000 is expected to be awarded in the fiscal year 2011 cycle.

Applications are also available for grants for motorized trail projects through the Recreational Trails Program. These federal grants are funded through the Federal Highway Administration as part of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act:  A Legacy for Users. Private organizations and municipal, state and federal agencies can apply for grant money for trails from this program.  Eligible project categories are limited only to motorized projects for the development of new trails, or trail-related construction, maintenance and restoration. All grants are awarded on a reimbursement basis; a minimum 20 percent match is required for projects.

Applications must be postmarked by Nov. 15, 2010. An estimated $400,000 is available for motorized projects in fiscal year 2010 cycle.

To assist organizations interested in applying for either the Land and Water Conservation Fund grants or the Recreational Trail Program grants, the department has scheduled five workshops around the state. At the workshops, staff will provide basic information about both grant programs and the grant application process and be available to answer questions. Attendance is not required to apply for a grant. Following are the dates and times for the workshops:

Electronic versions of the applications are available on the department's website at mostateparks.com/grantinfo.htm. Applications can also be requested by writing to the Department of Natural Resources, Division of State Parks, Grants Management Section, PO Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102, by phone at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf), or by emailing chris.buckland@dnr.mo.gov.

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