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Grants to Kansas Municipalities, Schools, and Nonprofits to Build and Improve Community and School Trails

Sunflower Trails


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Geographic Focus
USA: Kansas

Important Dates
Deadline: 11/09/21 11:59 PM CST Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $55,000 to Kansas municipalities, schools, and nonprofit organizations to build new, or improve existing community and/or school trails. Funding is intended to increase opportunities for physical activity, and ultimately improve physical and mental health and boost active tourism throughout the state. Priority will be given to underserved areas with no existing trails and projects with an explicit intention of increasing diversity among trail users.

This funding opportunity builds on Sunflower’s long history of trail investment in Kansas. Sunflower is excited to support the advancement of Kansas trails and their contributions to multiple health and community benefits. These benefits include:

  • Improved physical and mental health associated with regular physical activity;
  • Enhanced mental health, cognition, creativity and social well-being associated with nature;
  • Increased sense of community pride, cohesion and “quality of life, quality of place;” and,
  • Increased potential for economic development and revitalization through “active tourism.” 

This opportunity will help improve the health and well-being of Kansans by supporting the development of public trails. Proposals from communities of all sizes, locations and backgrounds are welcome. 

Trails are expected to be at least ½ mile in length to facilitate exercise and at least 6 feet wide to accommodate a variety of activities, modalities and uses (school trails may be an exception). Trails should be intended for non-vehicular use except for 1) assisted mobility devices, and 2) e-bikes, depending on local rules and regulations.

Sunflower Foundation values all types of trails – trails in parks, school trails, rail-trails, shared-user paths, natural surface trails, and so forth. However, priority for this RFP will focus on underserved areas, including and especially:

  • Neighborhoods, towns and regions with either no trails and/or very few public places for physical activity and recreation; or/and,
  • Trail projects with the explicit intention of creating access to under-resourced populations, especially those which represent diverse backgrounds (e.g., race, ethnicity, income). 

Sunflower Foundation also encourages trail projects that are proactive with strategies to increase and diversify the pool of trail partners and users. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Signage that serves to celebrate and/or acknowledge a town’s history and culture, especially in ways that recognize the contributions of all and the inclusion of everyone;
  • Addressing the needs of community members who might experience barriers in accessing the trail (e.g. transportation, age, physical or cognitive ability, personal safety, etc.).

For trail project expectations, see:

For eligible expenses, see:


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants: Local units of government and/or nonprofits with goals aligned with community health and development.

Eligible organizations include:
- Kansas municipalities and/or local units of government;
- Public schools within the Kansas unified school district (K-12);
- Kansas-based nonprofit with goals to enhance health and/or community development, improvement and well-being (e.g., health coalitions, economic development councils). Nonprofits must demonstrate tax-exempt 501c3 status.

NOTE: Partnerships between nonprofits and local governmental entities are encouraged. If a nonprofit is the grantee (i.e., receiving grant funds to build a trail on public land) this partnership must be demonstrated by a Memorandum of Understanding between the nonprofit and the local governmental unit that owns the land.

Non-eligible organizations include entities that already have an active (current) Sunflower Trails grant.

For non-eligible expense, see:

Pre-Proposal Conference
Join Elizabeth Burger as well as other trail applicants on Tuesdays over the lunch hour (12:00 pm to 1:00 pm CST) for a virtual “office hour” to ask questions, discuss your project, and hear the questions of other applicants. Elizabeth will provide a short overview (less than 5 minutes) each time, then open the floor. You do not need to register ahead of time for these Zoom meetings, and you can attend as many as you like. The meetings will end at 12:15 pm if there are no participants by then.

Tuesday, October 19 @ 12noon: Meeting ID 886 4306 6218

Tuesday, October 26 @ 12n00n: Meeting ID 875 6922 2388

Tuesday, November 2 @ 12noon: Meeting ID 827 5606 7692

Pre-Application Information
Release Date: September 21, 2021
Submission Date: Tuesday, November 9, 2021, by 11:59 PM CST (technical assistance for electronic submission will be available up to 4pm CST on this date)

Funding announcements are expected the week of December 13, 2021.

Sunflower Foundation uses an online grants management system, Fluxx, which allows applicants to
complete the application online and upload all required and recommended supporting documents. If you do not have a Fluxx account with Sunflower, set up an account at the link below. Please allow up to 24 hours for assistance.

Trail grants require a 1:1 match for every dollar requested. Match may be a combination of cash and in-kind.

Eligible expenses will be paid using a cost-reimbursement method (grantee submits documentation and receives up to 50% of approved expenses).


Estimated Size of Grant
Trail grants will pay up to 50% of total project costs (eligible expenses only) with a limit of $55,000, regardless of total project costs

Term of Contract
Grant timeline: Up to 24 months.

Contact Information

Fluxx registration assistance: email MJ Mayer at

All questions should be directed to program officer, Elizabeth Stewart Burger, at

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