Recreational Trails Program Grants

Program Objective(s):

To fund the maintenance and development of recreational trails and related facilities.


1.      Project need and benefit.

2.      Site/project quality.

3.      Balance among project types.

4.      Balance among trail uses.

5.      Geographic distribution of projects.

6.      Balance among programs/divisions.


State projects and State/local government partnership projects.  A division within the Department of Natural Resources must always be the applicant.

Application Process:

Internal Department process.  Local unit of government sponsored projects can be considered for funding if they contribute to Department program goals and they are located on Departmental land or linked to a trail on Departmental land.  Local unit of government applications will not be considered unless the project is developed as a joint application with a division/bureau prior to the application deadline.  The Departmental division/bureau must always be the applicant.

June 26, 2015


Funds are available on or after October 1

Dollar Amount(s) Available:

No limit on individual projects

Source(s) of Funds:

Federal Department of Transportation-Highway Administration (federal gas tax).  Administered by the Department 


Annual appropriation by the Michigan Legislature


Parks  & Recreation Division, Mark Mandenberg 517-284-6114,

Fiscal Year 2016 Appropriation:

Approximately $2,700,000 available for grants, pending federal funding