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State seeks grant applications for trails

BISMARCK – The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department is seeking trail project applications for the Recreational Trails Program, starting April 1.

The 80/20 matching grant program provides funding for both motorized and non-motorized recreational trail projects. Examples of eligible projects include the construction of new recreation trails, restoration of existing trails, development and rehabilitation of trailside and trailhead facilities and trail linkages, purchasing and leasing recreational trail construction and maintenance equipment, land acquisition, and trail accessibility assessments.

Eligible applicants include cities, counties, townships, park boards and park districts, state and federal agencies, registered nonprofit organizations and federally recognized tribes.

Focused on a vision surpassing traditional paths, this year’s funding priority is creating new trails that link to existing trails, forging connections to the “last mile” – that pivotal final tie to connect people and places. Applicants are encouraged to demonstrate that last mile connection in their application narrative.

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