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Grants to Arizona Nonprofits and Government Agencies to
Acquire, Develop, and Improve Recreational Trails for Public Use

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Arizona State Parks and Trails (ASPT)

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03/01/19 5:00 PM


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Grants to Arizona nonprofits and government agencies to acquire or develop recreational trails for public use. Applicants must confirm eligibility with program staff and submit a pre-application before applying. Trails may be designated for motorized or non-motorized use. Funding can be used for projects that support trail development, trail maintenance, pedestrian uses (hiking, running, ADA-accessibility improvements-trails, signs, education), bicycling, equestrian, off-road motorcycling, all-terrain vehicle riding, four-wheel driving, or using other off-road motorized vehicles. In addition, acquisition and educational programs are eligible for funding.

Examples of Eligible Projects:

Acquisition Projects:
- Designation, acquisition (or lease), and management of future trail alignments or land for access roads, off-highway vehicle recreation facilities and off-highway vehicle use areas.
- Acquisition of easements and fee simple title to property. This category may include acquisition of old road or railroad bridges to be used as recreational trail bridges. Acquisition of any kind of interest in property must be from a willing landowner or seller.

Development Projects:
- Develop and construct new trails.
- Enhancement of recreational facilities for non-motorized and motorized use. Examples include trailheads, restrooms, signage, and picnic areas.
- Connect routes and trails for both non-motorized and motorized uses.
- Development and rehabilitation of trailside and trailhead facilities and trail linkages for recreational trails, may be interpreted broadly to include development or rehabilitation of any trailside and trailhead facility.

Maintenance Projects:
- Maintenance and repair of non-motorized and motorized trails.
- Maintenance and restoration of existing trails – may be interpreted broadly to include any kind of trail maintenance, restoration, or relocation. This category may include maintenance and restoration of trail bridges, or providing appropriate signage along a trail.
- Renovation – defined as the redesign, reconstruction, non-routine maintenance, or relocation of recreational trails to benefit the natural environment or to mitigate and minimize the impact on the natural environment. Other reasons for renovation may include erosion and deterioration, improper original alignment, improper design, safety-related issues due to hazardous conditions, and natural disasters.
- Mitigation - defined as rectifying or reducing existing damage to land and the revegetation and the prevention and restoration of damages to natural (flora, fauna) and cultural resources (prehistoric or historic archaeological sites) caused by unauthorized uses including the closure of existing access roads, off- highway vehicle use areas and off-highway vehicle routes and trails.

Purchase and Lease of Recreational Trails Equipment
-Construction and maintenance equipment, including utility vehicles and trail grooming machines, provided the equipment is used primarily to construct and maintain recreational trails.
- This provision does not include purchase of equipment to be used for purposes unrelated to trails. For example, a utility vehicle purchased under this program must be used primarily for trail and trailside maintenance, not to maintain open lawn areas or sport fields.
- Arizona State Parks & Trails does track all capital equipment purchases and the review of equipment will be part of inspection/site visits.
- For projects on Federal land, the most important requirement is that the Federal agency land manager must approve of the project in accordance with applicable Federal laws and regulations. This category may include construction of new trail bridges, or providing appropriate signage along a trail.

Education Projects
- Development and dissemination of non-motorized and motorized trails related user information,environmental education programs, information, signage, maps and responsible use programs.
-Education and workshop components will be eligible for grant funding.
- Promote safety and environmental protection as those objectives relate to the use of recreational trails.

- Typical Education Projects May Include:
- Development and operation of trail safety education programs.
- Development and operation of trail-related environmental education programs.
- Production of trail-related educational materials, whether on information displays, in print, video, audio, interactive computer displays.
- Development of trail-related information in multiple languages. Having information in different formats (braille, audio) and languages is key to growing the state’s economy.

Law Enforcement Projects:
- Enforcement of off-highway vehicle laws.
- Funds law enforcement patrols and/or educational programs.

Funding is also intended to increase outdoor recreation opportunities for people with disabilities and aging population. Projects may include:
- Basic trail maintenance – remove obstacles along trails, brushing and pruning branches that cross over the path, maintain edge protection.
- Build new trail(s) that are ADA compliant.
- Provide Accessible amenities such as restrooms, picnic areas, parking lots and viewpoints (amenities should not be considered accessible if they are not linked by an accessible route).
- Develop detailed trail maps, both for online use or for posting at trailheads. - Interactive or enhanced maps with features such as aerial photos, street views and other features.
- Providing the public with easy access to better information on the accessibility of parks and recreation trails throughout the state of Arizona will increase opportunities and safety for those with a disability.
- It enables users to make a more informed decision as to which trails and facilities may best suit their needs and ability levels without being limited solely to designated ADA accessible trails.
- The inclusion of markers, such as distance markers, located at the parking lot, trailheads, and/or along the trail itself, so that users that know their limitations may plan better and monitor their progress.
- Guided tours – guided tours audio hearing devices is an eligible cost.

Developing and Coordinating Youth Development Programs – Actively Inviting Youth to Participate in Projects
- Work in local schools, community colleges, universities recruiting youth to participate. Involve youth in the development of projects and the activities, such as trail building and signage work, to complete a project.
- Projects with youth in mind: Bike parks and trails, trails near schools.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 168079

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Estimated Size of Grant:

- For competitive non-motorized programs, maximum allowable amount an applicant may request is $80,000.
- For trail maintenance, maximum allowable amount is $30,000.
- For competitive motorized programs, maximum allowable amount an applicant may request is $750,000.

Term of Contract:

All projects must be active within any six (6) month period beginning with the date of funding approval. Requests for reimbursement must be made within a six (6) month period. Failure to meet this requirement will result in funds being withdrawn for a project.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include nonprofits and governmental entities such as cities, towns, counties, tribal governments, state and federal agencies. Governmental bodies with a responsibility to provide motorized and non-motorized recreation related opportunities to the public and that meet the following criteria are also eligible:
- Have independent governing authority;
- Have independent signature authority; and
- Have independent authority to commit funds.

Organizations, clubs and any other groups or individuals are eligible.
Organizations can also develop agreements with eligible project sponsors, such as public land managers to act as “third party” applicants. Third party applicants may coordinate all phases of the project and receive direct reimbursement from State Parks with appropriate documentation from the eligible applicant/project sponsor.

An entity cannot apply for more than one motorized and/or on non-motorized grant per cycle.

The following items are non-eligible project activities:
- Landscaping and irrigation are not eligible scope items. Landscaping is defined as the addition of trees, bushes, shrubs, cacti, grass, flowers, or rock to enhance an area.
- Development of local or regional plans is not eligible for funding.
- Funds cannot be used for administrative or overhead costs, or costs associated with this grant application preparation.
- Costs incurred prior to PROJECT APPROVAL are not eligible for funding.
- Costs associated with design and engineering are not eligible for reimbursement without prior approval.
- Monies in the Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Fund and the Recreational Trails Program shall not be used to construct new motorized and non-motorized trails or routes on environmentally or culturally sensitive land unless the appropriate land management agency determines that certain new trail construction would benefit or protect cultural or sensitive sites. For the purposes of this subsection, “environmentally or culturally sensitive land” means areas of lands that are administratively or legislatively designated by the federal government as any of the following:
- A national monument;
- An area of critical environmental concern;
- A conservation area; or
- An inventoried road-less area.
- Determined by the applicable land management agency to contain significant natural or cultural resources or values.

Federal guidelines prohibit funding any costs associated with food, beverages and snacks. All non-motorized projects are funded with Federal funds and therefore cannot request funding to cover food, beverages, and/or snacks.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Attendance at at least one grant workshop is highly recommended for any applicant who will be submitting an application for the first time. If you are unable to attend the workshop in person, you may attend the grant workshops online or through the phone using WebEx.


Phoenix: October 23, 2018 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
AZ State Parks, Central Office
23751 N 23rd Ave - 190
Phoenix, AZ 85085

Flagstaff: October 26, 2018 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Nacent Business Center:
2225 N Gemini Rd
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Tucson: November 13, 2018 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Saguaro National Park East: NPS Desert Research/Learning Center 12661
E Broadway Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85748

Click here for meeting link:

Pinetop: December 5, 2018 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Game & Fish
2878 E White Mountain Blvd
Pinetop, AZ 85935

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If you will be attending any of the workshops, please R.S.V.P to Matt Eberhart, State Off-Highway Vehicle Coordinator.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants are required to discuss proposed projects with the ASPT Chief of Grants and Trails, Mickey Rogers

- October 10, 2018: Cycle Opened
- Workshops: October 23rd, 26th; November 13th; December 5th
- January 5, 2019: Applicants must contact Chief of Grants and Trails to discuss project
- January 10, 2019: All Applicants must submit a Pre-Application Budget (if required).
- March 1, 2019, 5:00 PM: Application Due
- March 2019, Park Staff will review all applications and make recommendations.
- April 20, 2019 (Saturday): Parks Committees and Board Review. Attendance required for all Applicants. Check website in February 2019 for confirmation.

Most projects will receive approval to proceed anywhere between six months to ten months after approval.

With the minor exception of state-funded motorized projects, this is a reimbursable grant program. You don’t receive a check for the project up-front. You must first pay for an item(s) then submit a reimbursement request. You are required to show proof of payment (invoice showing zero balance, credit card/bank statement). You can submit reimbursements as often as needed; it typically takes 3 weeks to be reimbursed. For nonprofits, please identify a source to pay for items upfront (credit card or loan).

Contact Information:

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

To log-in to the WebGrants system:

Matt Eberhart
(602) 542-2146

Mickey Rogers
(602) 542-6942

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Arizona