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Recreational Trails Grants Program - Education Grants

Grants to Massachusetts Organizations for
Educational Projects for Recreational Trail Users

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Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)

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Grants to Massachusetts organizations to support a range of educational projects related to recreational trails. This funding is designated for educational activities that benefit a broad range of recreational trail user groups. Projects supported by this program typically include the following:

-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, 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

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176943

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants are encouraged to apply for Trail Education grants with a maximum federal reimbursement total of $8,000 - $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Applicants will have approximately 24 months to complete their project after the award contract is signed.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Massachusetts organizations may apply.

Pre-Application Information:

The grant match must be at least 20% of the total project value.

The due date/deadline is February 1, 2018.

Contact Information:

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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Geographic Focus:

USA: Massachusetts