Funding Available for Trails

Applications are now being accepted for grants from the Recreation Trails Program (RTP). The grants are available for trail projects sponsored by municipalities, counties, state parks, federal land management agencies or tribal governments. The Recreational Trails Program provides partial reimbursement for approved trail projects. Eligible projects include construction of new public trails, rehabilitation of existing public trails, development of trail-related facilities and educational programs that relate to recreational trails. The application deadline is April 12, 2019. Learn more

Outdoor recreation projects funded

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has awarded a total of $483,313 in Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grants to several communities. The federal assistance program provides up to 50 percent reimbursement for outdoor recreation projects.

The following communities were awarded LWCF grants for outdoor recreation projects:

  • Belle Fourche – Jones Park Splash Pad development, $75,000
  • Crooks – New Hope Park Pickleball Court construction, $12,000
  • Doland – Restrooms at Splash Park construction, $62,000
  • Flandreau – Playground Equipment replacement, $18,000
  • Howard – Loe Park Playground Equipment replacement, $14,000
  • Ipswich – Pool House replacement, $64,000
  • Leola – Pool Lining replacement, $57,313
  • Madison – Memorial Park Playground Equipment replacement, $75,000
  • Spearfish – Outdoor Pickleball Court construction, $70,000
  • Spencer – Lion’s Park playground equipment replacement, $22,000
  • Wagner – McCormick Field Lighting Replacement, $14,000

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Kids to Park grants fund school day trips

Kids to Parks DayEncourage your local schools to apply for a grant to fund a Kids to Parks day trip. National Park Trust invites students across the country to participate in the 9th annual Kids to Parks Day. Kids to Parks is a nationwide grassroots movement to celebrate America’s parks and public lands and waters. To inspire kids and schools to explore outdoors, the Trust also hosts the Kids to Parks Day National School Contest, and its deadline is quickly approaching! Title I schools are eligible to enter and win up to $1,000 to fund their dream park experience, including transportation, activities and food. The deadline for entries is Feb. 14, 2019. Winners will be announced in March. Learn more.

Scholarships available for Green Infrastructure Certification Program Training

The National Recreation and Park Association is offering 25 scholarships to attend a National Green Infrastructure Certification Program training in May 2019. This training opportunity includes a combination of online learning, classroom presentations and field experiences that will focus on green stormwater infrastructure construction, inspection and maintenance. The training is geared towards professionals responsible for the land management and maintenance operations of municipal parks and includes an in-person 2.5-day training in Philadelphia. Scholarship applications are due Dec. 17. Learn more. 

10-Minute Walk Grants Available

Through the 10-Minute Walk Campaign, NRPA with support from The JPB Foundation, offers grants and technical assistance to support planning efforts that help cities increase access to high-quality parks within a 10-minute walk. Ten cities will receive $40,000 to work alongside NRPA, The Trust for Public Land, and the Urban Land Institute to develop their highest, best, and measurable commitment to the 10-Minute Walk Campaign. Application deadline is Nov. 9. Learn more.