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Grants to Wisconsin Counties and Tribes to Build and Maintain Trails for Winter Sports and Transportation


Geographic Focus

USA: Wisconsin

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Snowmobile Trail Grants - Maintenance and Development Projects

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #165456

Grant Description

Grants to Wisconsin tribal and County governments for the development, maintenance, and rehabilitation of snowmobile trails. Applicants must contact funding source staff before applying. Eligible projects include maintenance of trails, major bridge rehabilitation, trail rehabilitation, and trail development.

Eligible Projects:

1) Maintenance of Snowmobile Trails - Provides up to 100% of the cost up to $250 per mile for activities associated with keeping a trail safe and enjoyable to use. Maintenance activities include the posting of signs, brushing, grooming of snow, minor repair of bridges, purchase of county liability insurance and the purchase of short-term easements or other land use agreements periods of less than 3 years.

2) Major Bridge Rehabilitation - Provides up to 100% of the cost of major reconstruction or rehabilitation. This may include replacement when necessary to return a bridge on the existing trail system to a functioning, safe structure. The purpose of this category is to provide funds to make major structural repairs or renovation that would be beyond the ability of normal maintenance funding to accomplish.

3) Trail Rehabilitation - Provides up to 100% of the cost of repair or reconstruction activities that are necessary to improve a trail for user safety and enjoyment. The repairs or renovation may be for the improvement of the trail for safety reasons or in response to natural events that adversely affect trail safety. Similar to bridge rehabilitation, the purpose of this category is to provide funds to undertake major trail repairs for safety that would be beyond the ability of normal maintenance funding to accomplish.

4) Trail development - Provides up to 100% of the cost of constructing a trail. Activities include grading, initial signing and construction of bridges or other support facilities. Development also includes the purchase of land in fee simple and the acquisition of interests in land for a term of 3 years or greater.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Counties and tribes may apply for these grants.

Ineligible Projects:
-Replacement of bridge railings only
-Patching of decking
-Grading or minor repair to approaches
-Bridge repairs to bring bridge structure within any existing codes
-Reinforcement of bridge structures to accommodate weights in excess of 14,000 pounds
-Deck replacement for the sole purpose of accommodating larger grooming equipment
-Brushing, signing and similar activities conducted as part of routine maintenance
-Construction of a new bridge or culvert with an inside diameter of greater than 24"
-Rehabilitation or replacement of a bridge or culvert with an inside diameter of greater than 24".

Pre-Application Information:

Contact your DNR Community Service Specialist before applying to discuss your potential project.

The deadline for Maintenance & Development Projects for the upcoming season is April 15. The deadline for Supplemental Maintenance for the previous season is August 1.

Forward the completed application and all supporting materials to your regional CSS by the April 15 deadline in order to be eligible for late summer grant awards.

Contact Information:

Cathy Burrow, Snowmobile Grant Manager

Department of Natural Resources
PO Box 7921
101 S. Webster
Madison, WI 53707-7921

RFP & Supporting Documents:

Full Grant Text RFP

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates / changes / addendums / conferences / LOIs.

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