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Next Level Trails (NLT) Grant

Grants to Indiana Nonprofits and
Agencies for Trail Development

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) - Division of Outdoor Recreation and Indiana Department of Transportation

Conf. Date:

08/20/19

Deadline Date:

11/01/19 5:00 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to Indiana nonprofit organizations and government agencies for trail development within the State. Funding is intended for land acquisition, surface preparation, engineering, design, and basic amenities. The trails must be open for public use. Trails must allow for non-motorized use but consideration will also be given to multi-use trail types.

Eligible projects will be evaluated by a review committee staffed by multiple State agencies. Applications will be evaluated based on the following:

Preference will be given to:

  • Projects that connect multiple cities, towns, or counties.
  • Projects that further the completion of the State Visionary Trail System (regionally significant projects only).
  • Projects that connect schools, parks, neighborhoods, commercial centers or local attractions (locally significant projects only).
  • Projects that connect or extend existing trails.
  • Projects that maximize partnerships.
  • Projects that are part of an existing regional, local, or comprehensive plan.
  • Projects on an accelerated timeline.

Consideration will be given to:

  • Projects offered in collaboration with another Next Level Trails applicant.
  • Projects that are a part of a national or multi-state trail system (regionally significant projects only).
  • Projects that connect trail users to nature (locally significant projects only).
  • Projects in counties considered deficient in trail miles per capita (locally significant projects only).
  • Projects that provide access to a population not currently within a 5-mile radius of a trail.
  • Projects that develop the most miles of trail.
  • Projects that accommodate multiple types of trail use.
  • Statewide distribution of NLT funds.
  • Projects that exceed the minimum 20% match requirement.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184967

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$90,000,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Minimum requests:
- Regionally significant projects: $250,000
- Locally significant projects: $200,000

Maximum requests:
- Regionally significant projects: $5 million per applicant
- Locally significant projects: $2 million per applicant

NLT funds will be awarded in three rounds until all funds have been allocated. The second round will award up to $25 million in regionally significant projects and up to $5 million in locally significant projects.

Term of Contract:

Grant recipients sign a contract with DNR, and projects are expected to be completed within a 4-year contract period. Preference will be given to projects on an accelerated timeline.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:
- Local units of government or 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations

Additionally, the applicant must fulfill at least one of the following roles:
- Own (or acquire) the trail corridor
- Manage and maintain the trail once developed
- Oversee and manage trail construction through completion

Applicants acting in a fiscal pass-through capacity only are not eligible.

Motorized trails and water trails are not eligible for this program.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The DNR will host workshops for Round Two of the Next Level Trails program. Workshops will provide potential applicants with more information about the Next Level Trail program, including minor programmatic changes in Round Two and highlights from Round 1. DNR staff will be available at the in-person workshops to answer applicant questions after an approximately one-hour presentation. All workshops are free to attend; however, those interested should RSVP to the respective workshop using the links below.

Friday, August 9 at 3:00 PM ET at Fort Harrison State Park Inn, Indianapolis (In Person)
To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/next-level-trails-grant-program-applicant-workshop-central-tickets-65533902667

Friday, August 9 at 3:00 PM (Webinar)
To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-next-level-trails-grant-program-applicant-workshop-tickets-65538741139

Tuesday, August 13 at 3:00 PM ET at Spring Mill State Park, Mitchell (In Person)
To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/next-level-trails-grant-program-applicant-workshop-south-tickets-65537485383

Tuesday, August 20 at 3:00 PM CT at Indiana Dunes State Park, Chesterton (In Person)
To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/next-level-trails-grant-program-applicant-workshop-north-tickets-65537202537

Pre-Application Information:

The application begins October 1, 2019, and closes at 5:00 PM ET on November 1, 2019.

Applicants can submit one application per applicant per round.

All grant requests require a minimum 20% match. Consideration will be given to projects exceeding 20%. Matches can be monetary contributions, land value, and in-kind donations of materials and labor.

Grant Process: https://www.in.gov/dnr/outdoor/9855.htm
FAQs: https://www.in.gov/dnr/outdoor/9857.htm
Workshops, see: https://www.in.gov/dnr/outdoor/9873.htm

Contact Information:

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

Submit applications to:
nextleveltrails@dnr.IN.gov

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