Organizations encouraged to apply now for Federal Recreational Trails Grant

For more information: 573-751-1010
Volume 37-193 For Immediate Release: July 21, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., -- Private organizations and municipal, state and federal agencies can apply for grant money for trails from the federal Recreational Trails Program. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is now accepting grant applications for the Fiscal Year 2009 grant round.  

The Recreational Trails Program is funded through the Federal Highway Administration as part of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act:  A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). In Missouri, the program is administered by the Department of Natural Resources.

Eligible project categories include 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 Aug. 17, 2009.  

Grant recipients will be chosen based on recommendations from the Missouri Trails Advisory Board, which represents diverse trail interest groups. A funding requirement targets 30 percent of the funding for motorized trails, 30 percent for non-motorized trails and 40 percent for diversified trail use.

For more information on the Recreational Trails Program or to request an application, contact the Department of Natural Resources, Division of State Parks, Grants Management Section, 1659 E. Elm St., Jefferson City, MO 65101 or call 573-751-3442. The application is available for downloading at