The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced this week that the deadline for applications for several parks and trail funding programs is moved up to October 31, 2011 rather than in the spring as in previous cycle.   Applications for  FY2012 Parks & Trails grants, Local Trail Connections Grants and the Regional Trail Program will all be due on October 31, 2011. If you applied for FY 2011 and were turned down, you can reapply but you MUST resubmit an application.

Parks & Trails Grants are available to cities, counties, townships and legislatively designated regional parks and trails taxing authorities outside the seven county Metro area. For the FY 2012 cycle only, the local matching requirement is 10%.  The match must be non-state funded cash.

The Local Trail Connections program provides grants for short connections between where people live and desirable locations.  The grants will reimburse up to 25% of the cost and must have at least a 25% cash match.

The Regional Trail Program provides local government units grants for trails of regional or statewide significance outside the seven county metropolitan area.  The grants will reimburse up to 25% of the cost and must have at least a 25% cash match.

Find more details on these programs on the DNR website here, here, and here.