Gov. Phil Bredesen and Environment and Conservation Commissioner Jim Fyke announce more than $1.9 million in Recreational Trail Program grants to be awarded to recipients across Tennessee.
In Wilson County, the City of Lebanon will receive $80,000 for continued development of the Cedar City Trail.
“These grants help local governments and organizations enhance or expand community assets like trails, greenways and recreational facilities,” Bredesen said. “I’m extremely pleased this year’s grant awards will allow us to help 29 community projects become a reality across Tennessee.”
The Recreational Trails Program is a federally funded program established to distribute funding for motorized, non-motorized and diverse recreation trail projects. The funds are available to federal, state and local government agencies, as well as non-profit organizations that have obtained IRS 501(c)(3) status and have a written trail management agreement with the agency that owns the property where the trail project is located.
Recreational Trails Program grants may be used for non-routine maintenance and restoration of existing trails, development and rehabilitation, trailside or trailhead facilities such as restrooms, kiosks and parking lots, construction of new trails and land acquisition for recreational trails or corridors.
“These awards will help fund some very exciting projects,” Fyke said. “From the development of new greenways and trails to more ADA-compliant facilities – these projects will make a variety of recreational opportunities accessible to Tennesseans.”
Funding for RTP grants is provided by the Federal Highway Administration through the federal Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act. The Department of Environment and Conservation administers this grant program for the state of Tennessee. The maximum federal share for each project is 80 percent, with RTP grant recipients providing a 20 percent match.
State Reps. Stratton Bone and Susan Lynn, Districts 46 and 57, respectively, and State Sen. Mae Beavers, District 17, represent Wilson County in the General Assembly.
“I’m pleased these grants will help improve the quality of our trails and greenways in Wilson County and across the state,” Bone said. “These projects help make the great outdoors even more accessible for all to enjoy.”
Grant recipients were selected through a scoring process with careful consideration given to the projects that met the selection criteria and expressed the greatest local recreation need.
To learn more about the RTP grant program and other recreation or conservation-based grant programs available in the future, visit http://tn.gov/environment/recreation/grants.shtml.