Two state grant programs administered by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission accept applications from communities across Nebraska for recreation improvements.
Applications for the Recreation Trails Program and the Land and Water Conservation Fund are due by September 9th. Grants recommended for approval will be announced at the January 2023 Commission meeting.
The Recreational Trails Program is a Federal Highway Administration grant program that provides policy subdivisions – such as municipalities, counties, and natural resource districts – up to $250,000, or 80% of project costs, to purchase, develop, renovate, and support facilities for Hiking trails reimbursed.
Applicants must have the financial means to undertake and maintain the project and all funds should be in place as this is a repayable grant program.
This funding source is for motorized and non-motorized trail projects. It is divided into categories: 30% of the funds will be used for motorized, 30% for non-motorized projects and 40% for projects with varied or shared paths.
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Apply at ngpcgrants.outdoornebraska.gov. For more information on the Recreational Trails program, visit outdoornebraska.gov/rtp/.
The Land and Water Conservation Fund, a program administered by the National Park Service, provides appropriate funding for outdoor recreation projects.
Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, ball fields, soccer fields, swimming pools, picnic areas, playgrounds, pool renovations, wading pools, park acquisition and development, wildlife viewing facilities, fishing access, hiking/biking trails, adventure sites (such as zip lines and climbing walls), and park-related support facilities.
All projects must encourage outdoor recreation. Project sponsors must be a political subdivision such as B. Cities, county governments, or natural resource districts. The LWCF provides repayable grants of up to 50% of the total project cost.
Grant sponsors should have all funds available at the time of grant application submission.
LWCF grant applications for a single project must be between US$40,000 and US$400,000, resulting in a total project cost of US$80,000 to US$800,000.
To apply and for more information, visit ngpcgrants.outdoornebraska.gov and outdoornebraska.gov/lwcf.
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