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Non-Motorized Trails and LWCF Grant Documents
Non-Motorized Trails and LWCF Grant Documents
Wildlands Restoration Volunteers all-Woman trail crew working on the Masontown Project

​​​​​​​​The Colorado State Recreational Trails Grant Program funds projects for Trail Construction, Trail Maintenance, Trail Planning and Support. This program is a partnership among: 

2022 Grant Applications

The application window is now OPEN and extends from

August 2, 2021 – October 4, 2021

To continue Colorado Parks and Wildlife's goal to improve outdoor recreation opportunities while protecting wildlife, habitat, and cultural resources, we are pleased to announce the 2022 Non-Motorized Trails and Land and Water Conservation Fund grant cycle.

We are offering three categories for this year's Non-Motorized Trail grant cycle:

  • Construction,
  • Maintenance, and
  • Planning/Support

While we will provide funding for all three categories, the program is placing an emphasis on maintenance projects for the 2022 Non-Motorized Grant Cycle to address the increased need to repair and improve existing trails in Colorado.

For this year's LWCF grant cycle, we have increased our maximum grant award to fund projects that implement statewide outdoor recreation goals as outlined in the 2019 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP). We are putting an emphasis on funding projects that either:

  • Acquire or develop parks/outdoor recreation resources to increase opportunities to engage in outdoor recreation (such as creating parks/outdoor recreation resources in areas where none exist or there are not enough to support the size or demand of the population)
  • Maintain or renovate existing LWCF sites to increase sustainable access for residents and visitors (such as ensuring sites are ADA compliant to allow for better recreational access)

Please find information about this year's opportunities below. Contact the State Trails Program at 303-791-1957 ext. 4129 or trails@state.co.us with any questions.


WEBINARS - We will be hosting two webinars to go over program policies, application requirements, and commonly asked questions. Please visit the NEWS page for details and registration links.


Forms, Requirements and Instructions

Please review carefully and discard any older versions you may have. Older versions of the application or budget CANNOT BE ACCEPTED. 

NEW for 2022! The minimum match requirement for non-motorized trails grants has been decreased to 25% of the grant request. 10% of that minimum amount must be cash. A calculation tool has been added to the forms list.

Applicants will present their proposal to the subcommittee members. Further information is listed in the application documentation.

Applicants may submit two applications for a Non-Motorized grant: 

  • One for Construction or Maintenance work
  • One for Planning or Support​

Grant Process Schedule – Denver Area

(Meeting locations and details will be updated as they are arranged)

  • August 2 - October 4, 2021: Grant applications available
  • September 7, 2021: Basic project scope and map emailed to Area Wildlife Manager and Trails
  • October - December 2021: CPW staff and subcommittee preliminary review
  • January 2022 – Applicant presentations to subcommittee
  • January 2022 – State Trails Committee reviews recommendations from subcommittees
  • March 2022: CPW Commission final funding decision
  • April - June 2022: Contracts and purchase orders are prepared and distributed to awarded project applicants
  • April or July 2022: LWCF projects submitted to the NPS
  • July - September 2022*: LWCF start date with the NPS
  • July - September 2022: LWCF contracts are prepared and distributed to awarded project applicants.
* LWCF grant start date is dependent on the NPS grant round submission date (April or July)

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Application Documents

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Trails Grant Applicant Guide

(Construction, Maintenance, Planning and Support)

Trail Construction Grant (up to $250,000)

For new trail or trailhead construction – New trail or trailhead construction, including the installation or creation of new
facilities where none currently exists.​

Trail Maintenance Grant (up to $250,000)

For maintenance and enhancements:

Trail Planning or Support Grant​ (up to $45,000)

Planning - ​Trail layout, design, engineering, feasibility studies, inventory, use studies, analysis of existing and proposed trails and master plans.

Support – Building and enhancement of volunteer organizations, increasing volunteer capacity, and implementing trail training and education.

How to Choose a Grant Type:

Please contact CPW staff if you have any questions on where you application will best fit.

For Non-Motorized Trail Grants:

  • If a project is rerouting an existing trail to address a resource management or user safety concern, it would fit into the maintenance category.
  • If a project has both construction and maintenance work, consider which will be the majority of work and place it in that category.
  • Staff will hold the final decision on which category an application is most appropriate.

Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grant cycle has a separate grant application for projects to acquire and develop public lands for outdoor recreation to improve quality of life and the health and vitality of present and future generations.

  • ​The minimum request is $100,000 and the maximum is $1,250,000
  • LWCF requires 100% matching funds 
  • These funds can only be awarded to local, state or tribal government agencies

If you are interested in learning more about the LWCF program and the available grants, please visit the Department of Interior website.

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State trails staff and grant reviewers cannot comment on the status of a grant application until the evaluation and scoring process is completed.

Federal Funding Requirements

All projects awarded with federal funding are subject to the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 (FFATA). Applicants should request a DUNS number if their organization does not already have one. The link to the SAM website is listed on the right under "Grant Documentation".

Reference Documents