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Recreational Grant Program - Specialty Plate Funds

Grants to Idaho Nonprofits, Agencies, and Tribes to
Improve Boating Access and Recreational Trails

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Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR)

Deadline Date:

01/26/18 5:00 PM MST Receipt


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Idaho nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and Indian Tribes to improve boating access for anglers and to enhance recreational trails within the state. Applicants must consult with their regional specialist in developing an application. Funding is available from the following two funds:

Cutthroat Plate Fund:
A portion of the registration fee for each specialty plate is deposited in a fund to be used for the construction and maintenance of non-motorized boating access facilities for anglers. IDPR is responsible for the administration of this grant account. Distribution of funds is based on sufficient resources. IDPR may choose not to fund projects in a funding cycle if sufficient funds are not available.

Mountain Bike Plate Fund:
The Mountain Bike Plate Fund was created in 2011 and is funded from a portion of the registration fee for each specialty plate. The intent of the fund is exclusively for the preservation, maintenance and expansion of recreational trails within the state of Idaho and on which mountain biking is permitted.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182332

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants awarded for motorized equipment shall be limited to $10,000.

Term of Contract:

These funds are typically available after July 15th and applicants have one year to expend the funds.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are governmental agencies, Indian Tribes, and nonprofit entities.

Pre-Application Information:

Grants require a 50% match.

The first step in project preparation is working with the appropriate agency staff. IDPR employs regional staff to cover statewide needs. Please contact your regional specialist.

Please note the Recreational Trails Program and Land & Water Conservation Fund awards are not announced until federal partners approve applications, which is delayed beyond state awards. Do not start work on a project until you have a signed agreement or costs will not be reimbursed.

Applicants are encouraged to submit a draft application in December, giving department staff time to request any needed changes to make the project eligible.

Grants must be received in the new electronic system by 5:00 PM, Friday, January 26, 2018 to be eligible for the grant cycle.

Applications received during this grant period will be rated by the advisory committees in March, and awarded by the Idaho Park and Recreation Board in April or May.

Important Dates:
-Summer 2017: Contact IDPR for field review.
-September 2017: Announce availability of funds.
-December 2017: IDPR preliminary review of draft applications.
-January 26, 2018: All applications must be received by IDPR by 5:00 PM Mountain Standard Time. Applications received after the deadline are automatically ineligible to compete for funding. The new electronic system will close and you will be unable to submit applications after this deadline
-February 2018: IDPR staff review applications for eligibility and distribute to respective advisory committee members.
-March 2018: Advisory committee evaluates and rates applications.
-May 2018: IDPR Park Board approves grants for award.
-June 2018: Applicants contacted.
-After July 15, 2018: Funding is available.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR)
5657 Warm Springs Ave
Boise, ID, 83716-8700

(208) 334-4199

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Idaho