Park and Trail Funding Available from DNR

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Jul 25, 2012 at 9:15 am

ST. PAUL, MN (KNSI) - The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is now accepting applications for funding park and trail projects across the state.

The Parks and Trails Legacy Grant Program at the DNR has $7.5 million dollars available for local governments and park projects.

"These grants are open to local governments those would be cities, counties and townships and they are for parks and trails having a regional significance," grant coordinator Joe Hiller said. "[Grant money would be used] for acquisition of land for a new park trail or developing the actual facilities themselves."

Recipients of the grant money will be determined by a review committee that will make the decision based on which projects they feel best reflect the goals and objectives of the DNR's "25 Year Parks and Legacy Plan."

"The key objective is increasing participation, particularly among groups who have been traditionally underserved, such as persons with mobility issues and disabilities," Hiller said.

Joe Hiller is a grant coordinator with the D-N-R. He says local units of government--cities, counties and townships--can all apply for money. Hiller talks about the criteria that determine which applicants receive grant money--and which ones don't.....

"We have a review committee here made up of several grant coordinators and other people within the division that make recommendations to the next level of the division leadership then up to the commissioner's office. Our criteria are based on the 25 year parks and legacy plan and it talks about the important goals and objectives of these grants over the next 25 years. and

The application deadline is September 28th with the official announcement from the DNR expected later this year.

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