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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: February 28, 2008
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Funding available for Virginia trails

(RICHMOND, VA) ? The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation recently announced available funding for recreational trails. The Recreational Trails Program has approximately $950,000 to award in trail grants. The deadline for preliminary applications is March 26, 2008 at 4:30 p.m.

The Recreational Trails Program is the main source of funding for purely recreational trail purposes. It is a reimbursement grant program for the creation and maintenance of recreational trails and trail facilities. Grants may go to private nonprofit organizations and government entities. The program requires a 20 percent match from the applicant. The maximum grant award is $125,000.

The trail program calls for 30 percent of the grants to be used for motorized recreational trails, and 30 percent to be used for non-motorized, single-purpose recreational trails. The remaining 40 percent are to be used for trails with multiple uses, including hiking, biking and equestrian use. The grant program provides funding for trail efforts that would not otherwise be possible.

Grant applicants must submit a preliminary application. Those determined to best meet the intent of the program will be asked to submit a more detailed proposal description and environmental screening application.

For more information and to download the grant manual, visit www.dcr.virginia.gov/recreational_planning/trailfnd.shtml or contact DCR?s Recreational Trails Program Administrator Synthia Waymack at (804) 786-4379 or synthia.waymack@dcr.virginia.gov.

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