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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: July 06, 2009

Grant funding available for Virginia trails

(RICHMOND, Va.) ? Recreational trail grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 are now available to nonprofit organizations and government entities. The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation has approximately $824,000 to award in trail grants through the Recreational Trails Program. The deadline for preliminary applications is July 31, 2009 at 4:30 p.m.

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is a federal reimbursement grant program established to provide and maintain recreational trails and trails-related facilities. The program requires a 20 percent match from the applicant.

The grant program provides funding for trail efforts that would not otherwise be possible. The program mandates that 30 percent of the total funds be used for motorized recreational trails, and 30 percent be used for non-motorized recreational trails. The remaining 40 percent is for multiple-use trails, including hiking, biking and equestrian use.

The 2009 grant round is a two-step application process. Please visit the following web site for information about the application process: www.dcr.virginia.gov/recreational_planning/trailfnd.shtml.

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