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2017–2018 Non-Motorized Trails Grant

Grants to Colorado Agencies, Districts, and Nonprofits
to Maintain and Construct Recreational Trails

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife - Recreational Trails Grant Program

Deadline Date:

11/01/17 5:00 PM


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Grants to Colorado government agencies, metro and recreation districts, and nonprofit organizations to maintain and construct non-motorized recreational trails on public lands. Applicants must consult with the appropriate district wildlife manager regarding the impacts of their project prior to applying.

Trail grant requests must be submitted in one of four categories: Small Construction/Maintenance, Large Construction/Maintenance, Planning or Support. The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is a separate grant application for large and small trail construction and maintenance projects.

Trail projects must fit into one of the following types of projects:

-New Trail or Trailhead Construction – New trail or trailhead where none currently exist, environmental restoration, and trail signage.

-Maintenance, Re-route or Reconstruction of Existing Trails – Enhance or improve current trails.

-Enhancements or upgrades to Existing Trailheads – Improve current trailhead facilities. This project type includes the installation or creation of new facilities at an existing trailhead.

-Land Acquisition or Easement – Acquire land, through fee title or easements, intended for future trail development.

-Planning – Trail layout, design, engineering, feasibility studies, inventory, use studies, analysis of existing and proposed trails and master plans.

-Support – Build and enhance volunteer organizations, increase capacity and trail training.

Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF):

Eligible project types are prioritized and discussed in the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan pages 8-10 (attached below).

Colorado’s SCORP Advisory Group identified key statewide outdoor recreation priority areas where attention and energy should be focused over the next five years. The five priority areas that are the focus of the 2014 SCORP strategic plan are:
-Outdoor Recreation Education
-Funding and Financial Sustainability
-Integration of Outdoor Recreation Interests
-Healthy Lifestyles and Communities


To initiate construction with CPW trails funding, grant applicants will be responsible for securing all necessary permits, licenses, clearances, and environmental analysis documentation necessary to comply with local, state, and/or federal law.

CPW Wildlife Impact Assessments:

All submitted grant projects will be reviewed and evaluated by CPW staff for potential wildlife impacts. If significant concerns are found, the CPW Trails Program and Regional Wildlife staff will work with the grant applicant and the relevant land agency to determine if the concerns can be addressed and mitigated. This will occur prior to the non-motorized grant subcommittee review meetings. It may be possible to incorporate mitigation measures or project amendments such as seasonal closures, educational signage, rerouted trail sections, etc.

Submitted grant projects will be evaluated for the below listed wildlife impacts:
-Species of Concern: Known (or likely) wildlife species of concern present on the proposed project site.
-Habitats and their Values: Known important, productive or pristine wildlife habitat in the project area.
-Significant Wildlife Impacts: Short-term (during project activity) and/or long-term impacts to wildlife habitat.
-Mitigation: Wildlife impacts that can be addressed through mitigation practices or measures.
-Education/Interpretation: Recommended education and/or interpretation of wildlife impact mitigation measures.
-Environmental Compliance: Required regulatory compliance, applicable permits and/or agency concurrent procedures.

Risk Assessments:

Colorado Parks and Wildlife conducts risk assessments for all grant recipients. A key aspect to the risk assessment is an audit review (specifically an A-133 audit report). If awarded a grant, an A-133 audit or similar report may be requested. Please be prepared to provide this information if you are awarded a grant.

Eligible Costs - Grant or Match:
-Consultant or Contracted Services
-Permanent or Seasonal Staff Salaries
-Rental Costs
-Trail Tools
-Supplies and materials for work on the project
-Youth Programs
-Land Acquisitions for Trail Development
-Awards for Volunteer Recognition
-Time and services associated with grant writing (Planning projects only)
-General Overhead Costs – ONLY 5% of project award
-Design and Engineering (Planning grants only)
-Shipping, handling, freight, mobilization, traffic control
-Software and computers – Match only for Planning/Support grants
-Emergency beacon locators

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175033

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Small Construction/Maintenance: Up to $45,000
-Large Construction/Maintenance: $45,001 - $250,000
-Planning or Support: Up to $45,000

Land and Water Conservation Fund: The large category may be funded to a maximum of $400,000. The small category maximum is $75,000. A typical grant request is $200,000, however, the State Recreational Trails Committee may elect to fund one or two grants in the grant cycle up to $400,000.

Term of Contract:

Grantees are allowed up to 2 1⁄2 years from the award date to complete their project. The end date is based on the applicant’s submitted timeline and is assigned by the Contracts Dept.

Spending on the project must begin no later than three (3) months after contract execution unless written approval is granted by the State Trails Program.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Local, county, state governments, federal agencies, recreation and metro districts and nonprofit organizations are eligible. Applicants must have management responsibilities over public lands or authorization from the land manager for the project work proposed.

Only state and local governments with the legal authority to provide park and recreation services on public land are eligible to apply for LWCF assistance.

Organizations or entities that submit an application for maintenance, construction or planning cannot appear as the primary partner or principle subcontractor on any additional maintenance, construction or planning applications submitted in the same grant cycle.

All properties on which State Trails’ funded projects take place must be under the control of the applicant or authorized agent and open to the public for at least 25 years. A deed, easement, license, long term lease or other documentation may be requested as proof of ownership or public access rights.

Ineligible - Grant or Match:
-Uniforms/Law Enforcement
-Work Completed prior to the grant award and signed contract
-Expenses related to the promotion of the organization or fund raising
-Components that do not have direct benefit to the trail users
-Vehicle repair, maintenance, mileage, fuel
-Food, Alcohol, or “perks”
-Office supplies
-Programming and/or outreach (Construction/Maintenance projects only)
-Picnic or camp sites

Pre-Application Information:

Match Requirements: Projects are required to have match funding. A minimum of 30% of the total grant award must be secured as match, and at least 10% of those funds must be cash. LWCF requires 100% matching funds.

The Trails Program can only reimburse grant funds for work that is initiated and completed after the execution of the grant contract. The official execution date will be the day the State Controller signs the contract.

Letter from Governing Body: The State Trails Program requires a letter from the applicant’s governing body to ensure that the applicant’s ultimate decision-makers are aware of and support the application and recognize their financial and legal obligations. Local government applicants must submit a resolution from the governing body.

Environmental forms are not required for Planning or Support grants, but consultation with CPW wildlife staff is highly recommended during the planning process.

All grant applicants are strongly encouraged to contact a trail coordinator and District Wildlife Manager to identify and resolve potential wildlife impacts that could be associated with their project(s). Resolution of wildlife issues or concerns prior to the submission of this application will streamline CPW’s internal review.

It is mandatory for applicants of New Construction and Maintenance Reroute projects to contact and inform the District Wildlife Manger for that area prior to application submission.

Applicant representatives (1-2 people) will appear in person to present their proposal to the subcommittee members. Applicants will have a 10 minute window with a 5 minute question period. Teleconference or video conference may be available for applicants who are unable to travel. Presentations will be scheduled during the January subcommittee meetings in the Denver area. Eligible applicants will be notified of their assigned day and time.

The deadline to apply is November 1, 2017, 5:00 PM.

Grant application and funding timeline:
-September – November, 2017: Grant applications available on the CPW website
-November – December, 2017: CPW staff and subcommittee preliminary review
-January, 2018: Applicant presentations to subcommittees
-January, 2018: State Trails Committee reviews recommendations from subcommittees
-March, 2018: CPW Commission makes the final decision on funding
-May – June, 2018: Contracts are written and distributed to awarded project applicants

Contact Information:

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

For further information or guidance on project development and/or the application process, please contact:

Megan Barton
303-791-1957 x4150

Pam O’Malley
303-791-1957 x4131

For assistance on wildlife, critical habitat and specific wildlife or fishery concerns, please contact the appropriate Colorado Parks and Wildlife Regional Trail Coordinator:

Northeast Region:
Ben Plankis
(303) 291-7272

Southeast Region:
Rob Seel
(719) 227-5259

Northwest Region:
Randy Engle
(970) 434-6862 x4221

Southwest Region:
Josh Stoudt
(970) 375-6711

Colorado Parks and Wildlife
State Trails Program
13787 U.S. Hwy. 85 N.
Littleton, CO 80125

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