The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) is no longer accepting applications for Federal grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. A small amount of Federal funding was available this year, and the application period has closed. At this time we do not know if funding will be available next year. Watch this web location for updates.
The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Trails Advisory Board will hold a public meeting Wednesday, December 4, 2013, at the Great Plains Nature Center, 6232 E. 29th Street N, Wichita, Kansas, for the purpose of hearing and discussing projects previously submitted for funding under the Recreational Trails Fund Act. The meeting will begin at 1:00 p.m. in the Auditorium. Signs on the premises will provide directions to the meeting room.
Persons interested in commenting on projects should attend this meeting. Grant applicants are encouraged to attend and discuss their proposals. Time for comments will be limited. Final decisions about proposals will not be made at this meeting. The Board will evaluate and make recommendations after reviewing all applications.
For more information, contact Kathy Pritchett, Trail Grant Coordinator, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, 512 SE 25th Avenue, Pratt, Kansas 67124, at 620-672-5911. If notified in advance, the department will have an interpreter available for the hearing impaired. To request an interpreter, call the TDD Service at 1-800-766-3777. An individual with a disability may request other accommodations by contacting Kathy Pritchett at 620-672-5911.
The grant program provides eighty percent matching funds, on a reimbursement basis, for eligible recreational trail and trail-related projects. Your application must include the completed forms available for download below and a detailed cost breakdown along with a detailed site plan. This program is very similar to the Land and Water Conservation Program. Many of the same guidelines, forms and documentation will be utilized. Generally, overhead or administrative costs will not be funded from this program, but a portion of these costs may be used as part of the local match. The objective of the program is to get trails and trail facilities on the ground and not to fund administration. The local match must be detailed on the application form and may not be from any other Federal source. All projects selected must fall into one or more of three categories: motorized, non-motorized, or diversified recreational trail or trail-related projects. Proposals that provide for improved ADA and environmental impacts will receive a high priority. Projects that provide for motorized recreation activities are encouraged, as 30% of the funding is to be devoted to motorized projects.
For applications, download the PDF files in Grant Applications or for additional questions contact KDWPT by clicking on Grant Questions. For questions not answered in the FAQ’s or for more information, contact Kathy Pritchett, TrailS Grant Coordinator, Kansas Department of Wildlife,Parks and Tourism, 512 SE 25th Avenue, Pratt, Kansas 67124, at 620-672-5911.