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Application available for grant funds

The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department is seeking Recreational Trails Program applications for 2014 and 2015 fiscal years. The department will have approximately $2.2 million of federal grant monies available for motorized and non-motorized recreational trail projects through the Recreational Trails Program.

The Recreational Trails Program is an 80/20 matching grant program that provides funding for motorized and non-motorized recreational trail projects. The program is administered at the state level through the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department with guidance from the Recreational Trails Program Advisory Council, and federally through the Federal Highway Administration.

Applicants may request grant amounts ranging from a new minimum of $10,000 up to a new maximum of $200,000, and project sponsors must have at least 20 percent match available at the time of the application. Eligible projects consist of construction of new recreation trails; restoration of existing trails; development and rehabilitation of trailside and trailhead facilities and trail linkages; purchase and lease of recreational trail construction and maintenance equipment; and land acquisition and easements. Priority will be given to construction of new trails.

Applications will be online at www.parkrec., click on the grants tab. The application cycle opened Dec. 2 with a deadline of 1 p.m. Jan. 31.