Recreational Trails Grants Program - Education Grants
Grants to Massachusetts Nonprofits and Agencies
for Motorized and Pedestrian Trail Outreach
for Motorized and Pedestrian Trail Outreach
Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)
Grants ranging from $8,000 to $10,000 to Massachusetts government agencies and nonprofit organizations for recreational trail education and outreach projects. Projects should be inclusive of all trail-users, rather than target one specific region or property. Examples of eligible projects include the following:
-Training Workshops on sustainable trail design, construction, maintenance, operation and assessment with a particular focus on promoting safety or environmental protection related to recreational trails.
-Statewide Programs that develop or support trail planning, design, construction, maintenance, operation, and assessment with a particular focus on safety and environmental protection related to recreational trails.
Typical education projects may include:
-Develop and operate statewide trail-related environmental education programs.
-Develop and operate statewide trail safety education programs.
-Develop and provide training on trail accessibility and sustainability
-Develop and deliver training that promotes safety or environmental protection related to recreational trails. This includes training related to trail planning, design, construction, maintenance, operation, and assessment, because each of these steps can relate directly to safety and environmental protection. Note: this does not include training related to club or organizational development or grant-writing skills.
-Youth Corps – Projects that accomplish any of the above by hiring/enlisting/partnering with youth organizations, corps or individual volunteers are highly encouraged. Please note that if the project proposes to utilize youth corps to accomplish a region/community-specific trails project, then the application would be more appropriately submitted to the general Recreational Trails Program grants as a “trail project”, not as an educational program.
To evaluate and select proposals, DCR and the Massachusetts Recreational Trails Advisory Board will use the following criteria to assess whether the proposal:
-Provides a positive impact to the statewide trail system in Massachusetts
-Promotes safety and/or environmental protection related to recreational trails.
-Clearly demonstrates the need for education relating to recreational trails
-Includes supporting documentation/research which demonstrates the potential effectiveness of the initiative in meeting the need with an outcome that will be beneficial to the trails community.
-Describes a realistic, tangible project that can be accomplished in the time given, and has a realistic and appropriate budget.
-Provides education which reaches out to the statewide trail community and all trail user groups.
-Thoroughly considers relevant environmental, social and cultural issues and assists in minimizing or mitigating impacts to natural and cultural resources.
-Creates partnerships among trail users, organizations, or agencies.
$8,000 - $10,000
All grant funds must be expended and grant-funded work completed within 24 months after the contract start date (which will be signed after the grant award is announced).
All state, regional, municipal, and some federal government agencies, as well as IRS-approved nonprofit organizations are eligible for grants under the program. State and federal agencies should call for additional details on eligibility.
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program and Assurances of Non-Discrimination: The requirements at 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 26: Participation by Disadvantaged Business Enterprises in Department of Transportation Financial Assistance Programs apply to all RTP grants as do the Federal Highway Administration Assurances for Title VI and Other Non-discrimination Statutes and Regulations. Upon grant award, compliance with these regulations and completion of their subsequent documentation will be required by each grantee, under the instruction and assistance of the RTP Coordinator, before any reimbursement of funds is authorized.
The project application must include estimates for the matching portion of the project cost. The match must cover a minimum (greater amounts are encouraged) of 20% of the total value of a project.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Amanda Lewis, Recreational Trails Program Coordinator
(413) 586-8706 ext. 19
Department of Conservation and Recreation
136 Damon Road
Northampton, MA 01060
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