Tuesday, February 22, 2005
Nearly $1 million is available for Recreational Trails Program and OHV Program grants in the state this year. Grant applications must be submitted to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks by July 1.
Grants from the Recreational Trails Program can be used for motorized and non-motorized, multiple use, community, rural and backcountry trails.
Three training sessions on how to prepare a successful grant application are scheduled:
Feb. 24, Billings, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., Big Sky Economic Development, 222 N. 32nd Street, 1st floor conf. room
March 11, Bozeman, 1-3 p.m., Montana State University, Lindley Center
March 11, Butte, 1-3 p.m., Holiday Inn Express, 1 Holiday Park
Off-Highway Vehicle Program funds can be used to maintain and rehabilitate existing OHV trails, but not to construct new routes. Other eligible projects include education and information brochures, interpretive signs and materials and noxious weed control on trails.
Public agencies and private trail clubs are eligible for the grants. FWP administers the grants with advice from citizen’s trails advisory committees, and assists with trail design and management.
Applications for these grants will be available beginning Feb. 24 on the FWP web page at fwp.mt.gov. Click on Parks and Recreation and look on the Grants page.