If your trails club or agency needs money to create, complete, renovate or maintain a recreational trail, Fish, Wildlife & Parks has money to help get the job done!
The Recreational Trails Program, one part of the 1998 Transportation Equity Act of the 21st Century (TEA 21), will provide $486,000 in federal dollars for Montana trails. FWP's Parks Division administers these federal funds with advice from the citizen State Trails Advisory Committee.
Recreational Trails funds can be used for all types of trails including nonmotorized, motorized, multiple-use, community, rural and back country. Private trail clubs and public agencies are eligible to receive money from this program. Earlier in 1998, FWP provided $364,000 for 38 trails projects across Montana. The agency also provides advice and assistance with trail design and management. Grant recipients must provide 20 percent of the cost of funded projects from local sources. This can be provided in the form of cash or by the dollar value of volunteer labor, donated materials, equipment and supplies.
Applications for Recreational Trails Program funds now are available. To request an application, call the FWP State Trails Coordinator's office at 444-4585. Completed applications must be submitted to FWP by January 15, 1999.