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“SHOW ME THE MONEY”. Indiana Rural Recreation Development Project. DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES DIVISION OF OUTDOOR RECREATION BOB BRONSON JAY D. KEITH II November 30, 2006. 2007 GRANT OPPORTUNITIES. Recreational Trails Program (RTP) $ 150,000 -80/20

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Show me the money

Indiana Rural Recreation Development Project




November 30, 2006

2007 grant opportunities

  • Recreational Trails Program (RTP)

    $ 150,000 -80/20

    • Units of Government & 501(c)(3) Not-for-Profits

  • Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)

    $ 200,000- 50/50

    • Park Boards Only

    • 5 year Park & Recreation Master Plan Required

  • Shooting Range (SR)

    $ 100,000 -75/25

    • Units of Government & 501(c)(3) Not-for-Profits

  • Call for Appointment to discuss your project Division of Outdoor Recreation


Due dates

  • Drafts of master plans must be submitted to Outdoor Recreation Jan 15.

  • Final copies of master plans are due April 15.

  • Park board master plan receives 5 years of eligibility to submit grant applications.

  • RTP applications due May 1

  • LWCF applications due June 1

  • SR applications due September 1

  • The Recreational Trails Program is a 80/20 matching assistance program which provides funding for the acquisition and/or development of multi-use recreational trail projects.

  • Both motorized and nonmotorized projects may qualify for assistance.

    • Who May Apply?

      • All units of government and agencies incorporated as not-for-profit corporations 501(c)(3) are eligible

    • What Local Sources of Funding May be Used for 20% Local Match?

      • The project sponsor must have at least 20% of the total project cost available. The local share may include tax sources, Community Development Funds, Farmers Home Administration Loans, bond issues or force account contributions.

      • The donated value of cash, land, labor, equipment or materials may also be used. (donations above 20% match not reimbursable)

    • How is Funding Received?

      • The project sponsor will not receive cash/check at the time of project approval.

      • Instead, the sponsor must pay costs, then be reimbursed for up to 80% of the project expenses.

      • Reimbursement is not permitted for work that takes place prior to project approval.

  • The Indiana Recreational Trails Program will provide 80% matching, reimbursing assistance for eligible projects.

  • Applicants may request grant amounts ranging from a minimum of $10,000 up to a maximum of $150,000.

  • Local Match of max grant of $150,000

    Total projects of $187,500 X .20 = $37,500

  • Who gets an rtp grant
    Who gets an RTP grant?


    More land 7

    Multi-use facilities 13

    Trail Development 22

    Trails Info 4

    New grantee 3

    TOTAL 49

    • What Types of Projects are Eligible?

      • Acquisition of property through fee or 25+ year easement

      • Construction of multi-use trails

      • Development and acquisition of trailside and trailhead facilities and trail linkages

      • Projects will be eligible if they provide public access to trails. Including: mountain bike trails, motorized trails, stream and river access sites, bridges, boardwalks, crossings, signage, equestrian trails & sanitary facilities

    • Which Project Costs are Ineligible?

    • RTP funds may not be used for

    • Property condemnation (eminent domain)

    • Property to which project sponsor became committed prior to federal approval (unless waver of retroactivity was obtained through Division of Outdoor Recreation)

    • Boundary surveys, title searches, legal fees

    • Since the funds are intended for recreational trails, they may not be used to improve roads for general passenger vehicle use or to provide shoulders or sidewalks along roads.


    • RTP INDOT Categorical Exclusion (CE)

      • FHWA 106 Clearance

        • DNR SHPO Archeological & Historical Recommendation

      • DNR Environmental Review

      • IDEM Coordination

      • NRCS Farmland Protection Act

      • USArmy COE Permits

      • USFW Coordination

    • Land Acquisition

      • Federal Uniform Relocation Assistance &

        Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970

      • DNR Appraisal Review

    • ADA Site Plan Review

      • DNR Outdoor Recreation

    • Public Notices/ Meetings

    Americans With Disabilities Act

    All facilities must be designed to accommodate persons with disabilities and the park board's facilities, programs, and activities must be open to the public without discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, or handicap.


    Access Route Not Provided

    Companion Space (30” X 48”) Not Provided

    For more information on ada compliance
    For More Information on ADA Compliance:

    • U.S. Access Board

    • National Center on Accessibility

    What is the land and water conservation fund
    What is the Land and Water Conservation Fund?

    • The LWCF program provides 50% matching grants to States and local governments for the acquisition and development of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities.

    • Since its inception, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has provided Indiana with approximately $90 million in federal funds.

    • Over 560 projects have been funded while acquiring more than 30,000 acres of land.

    • In Indiana about half of these funds have been distributed to local agencies for park and recreation projects.

  • Only Park and Recreation Boards established under Indiana law are eligible.

  • The Park and Recreation Board must have a 5-year master plan approved by the Division of Outdoor Recreation.

  • What types of projects may be funded
    What Types of Projects may be funded?

    Grant applications may consist of land acquisition and/or facility construction or renovation for local public parks. New parks or additions to existing parks may be funded.

    The land acquisition or development may not be started until final approval is received from the Federal government.

    All land to be acquired and developed must be retained and used for outdoor recreation in perpetuity (forever).

    Eligible types of projects and costs
    Eligible types of projects and costs:

    • Picnic areas

    • Sports and playfields, such as playgrounds, ball fields and court game facilities

    • Water oriented facilities for boating, swimming, and access to lakes, rivers, and streams

    • Natural and interpretive areas

    • Linear greenway parks and trails

    • Campgrounds

    • Fishing and hunting areas

    • Winter sports facilities

    • Amphitheaters and bandstands

    • Parks adjacent to schools for mutual use

    • Roads, restrooms, utilities

    • Architectural/engineering and application costs

    Ineligible types of projects costs
    Ineligible types of projects & costs:

    • Indoor recreation areas and facilities

    • Historic preservation, museums

    • Professional sports and arts facilities

    • Housing, including lodges, cabins, employee residences

    • Mobile recreation units

    • Amusement parks

    • Facilities for exclusive use, as for schools and sports leagues

    • Costs for administration, operation and maintenance

    • Legal & court fees

    • Land acquisition surveys and appraisals

    How may a park board apply for funding
    How may a park board apply for funding?

    • If necessary, establish a park and recreation board under current Indiana law.

    • Complete a 5-year park and recreation master plan.

    • Obtain local financing, prepare plans, specifications, appraisals, cost estimates, and other documents for the grant application.

    • Submit the application to the Division of Outdoor Recreation.

    Who gets an lwcf grant
    Who gets an LWCF grant?


    More land 30

    Preserving 21

    Development 29

    Local needs 18

    New grantee 5

    TOTAL 103

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  • The Shooting Program is a 75/25 matching assistance program which provides funding for the development of rifle, handgun, shotgun and archery facilities.

  • The main objective of this program

    is to provide the citizens of Indiana

    with additional and safer places to

    fire their guns, and train hunter

    education students.

  • Sr grant opportunities
    SR Grant Opportunities

    • Grant funding

      • 75/25 Minimum of $10,000 with $100,000 maximum grant amount.

      • Due September 1.

    • Who is eligible?All units of government and 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporations open to the public at least 20 hours per month

    • What types of projects may be funded?the lease endures for 25+ years and provides for adequate public access. Must keep the project site as a public shooting range for the life of the facility.

    • Eligible types of development facilities include:

      • Backstops, berms, target holders, baffles, gun racks, signage, field courses, benches, trap and skeet houses, platforms, sanitary facilities, classrooms, protective fencing, storage areas, shelters, parking lots, accessible pathways

    • Land acquisition is not eligible for reimbursement, nor will it be permitted for use as the local match.