Recreational Trails and Land and Water Conservation grants period open--closes Feb 17th - The Rolla Daily News

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Missouri State Parks opened the 2021 round for the Land and Water Conservation Fund and the Recreational Trails Program grants.

Land and Water Conservation grants are available to cities, counties, public school districts, and public universities for outdoor recreation projects.

Recreational Trails Program grants fund public trail-related projects and are available to local and state governments, public school districts, public universities, private schools, for-profit and non-profit organizations, and businesses.

MoBikeFed comment: Information and grant applications for both grants are available at

If you need more information about the grant programs or have questions about the grant application, contact

Rec Trails and LWCF grants are federal funds that are administered by Missouri State Parks.

"The Land and Water Conservation Fund was established by Congress in 1964 to fulfill a bipartisan commitment to safeguard our natural areas, water resources and cultural heritage, and to provide recreation opportunities to all Americans. Using zero taxpayer dollars, the fund invests earnings from offshore oil and gas leasing to help strengthen communities, preserve our history and protect our national endowment of lands and waters."

Usual Congress allocates only a portion of the available funds from offshore oil and gas leasing towards the fund--meaning that even more LWCF funding would be available if all possible funds were dedicated to this purpose.

The Recreational Trail Program "applies the “user-pay/user-benefit” philosophy of the Highway Trust Fund, returning federal tax on fuel used for nonhighway recreation to the states for trail projects." These funds can be used to build and maintain both motorized and non-motorized trails.