The Colorado State Recreational Trails Grant Program funds projects for large recreational trail grants, small recreational trail grants, trail planning, and trail support grants. This program is a partnership among:
2021 Non-Motorized Trails Grant Applications
The application window is now CLOSED
The 2021-2022 cycle begins August 2, 2021
To continue the goal of the State Trails Program to improve trail recreation opportunities while protecting wildlife, habitat, and cultural resources, we are again offering three categories for this year's 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 2021 Non-Motorized Grant Cycle to address the increased need to repair and improve existing trails in Colorado.
Please find information about this year's opportunities below. Contact the State Trails Program at 303-791-1957 ext. 4129 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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.
Applicants will present their proposal to the subcommittee members. Further information is listed in the application documentation.
Applicants may submit two applications for a State Trails 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 3 - October 1, 2020: Grant applications available
- September 8, 2020: Basic project scope and map emailed to Area Wildlife Manager and Trails
- October - December 2020: CPW staff and subcommittee preliminary review
- January 2021 – Applicant presentations to
- January 2021 – State Trails Committee reviews recommendations from
March 2021: CPW Commission makes the final funding decision
June 2021: Contracts and purchase orders are written and distributed to awarded project applicants
2021 Available Applications
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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:
Maintenance, re-route or reconstruction of existing Trails – Enhancement or improvement of current trails to address resource damage or visitor safety concerns.
Enhancements or upgrades to existing trailheads – Improvement of current trailhead facilities.
Planning or Support Grant (up to $45,000)
Planning and support:
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.
Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)
This is a separate grant application for trail construction projects, trail maintenance projects and land acquisition for trails.
- The minimum request is $100,000 and the maximum is $750,000.
- LWCF requires 100% matching funds.
- These funds can only be awarded to local or state 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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How-to Choose a Grant Type:
- 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.
Please contact the trails grant staff if you have any questions on where your application will best fit. Staff will hold the final decision on which category an application will be placed to be the most competitive.
Non-Motorized Trail Grants Selection Process
Funding for non-motorized trail grants will be based on the availability of funds from our partners. Availability of funds for successful applicants may vary due to legislative processes, fiscal year parameters and/or written authorization of spending authority. Contracts are typically sent out for signature in the May-June timeframe of the grant cycle. Please consider this when planning your projects and timelines.
The non-motorized trail grant selection follows a four-tiered recommendation and approval process.
- Applications are first reviewed by CPW wildlife field biologists and regional CPW staff. This process allows CPW to flag potential wildlife issues prior to the review by the subcommittees. While concerns may be flagged during this review, CPW’s field staff will attempt to resolve these concerns prior to further review.
- Applications are then evaluated by the grant review and ranking subcommittees which score and rank the applications in order of their recommended funding priority.
- The ranked applications are then passed to the State Trails Committee which evaluates the applications in ranked order and recommends funding strategies to the CPW Commission.
- The Parks and Wildlife Commission provides the final funding approval.
State trails staff and grant reviewers cannot comment on the status of a grant application until the evaluation and scoring process is completed.
State trails staff will hold the final decision on which category an application will be placed in order to be the most competitive.
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 your organization does not already have one.
Request a DUNS number on the SAM website.