Trail grants


~Federal grant opportunity to enhance public outdoor recreation~

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection will be accepting grant applications April 11-29 for the Recreational Trails Program, which provides competitive matching grant funds to renovate, develop or maintain recreational motorized, nonmotorized and mixed-use trails and trailside facilities.

“DEP is pleased to partner with local communities in developing trail projects that increase accessibility and provide outdoor opportunities for recreation,” said Bryan Bradner, director of DEP’s Office of Operations. “This year, DEP removed the maximum grant cap on motorized trail applications to encourage more submissions to provide motorized boating trails and off-highway trail opportunities around the state.”

The program provides financial assistance to eligible government agencies and other organizations to develop public lands and recreational trails.

For the 2016 grant cycle, project proposals may address the following recreational trail needs:

  • construction of new trails (with restrictions for new trails on federal lands);
  • maintenance, restoration or renovation of existing trails and trail linkages;
  • development and rehabilitation of trailside and trailhead facilities, including boat launches; and
  • recreational trail linkages.

As part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration, the Recreational Trails Program contract agreements are for two years and grants are provided on a 50:50, 60:40 or 80:20 (program/grantee) matching basis. The department has $1.5 million available for motorized trail projects this year.