Posted Monday, April 16th, 2018
LETTER OF INTENT DEADLINE — JUNE 29 Mandatory Orientation — April 26
Slightly more than $1 million in grants for recreational trails will be available to Morris County’s 39 municipalities through the 2018 Morris County Trail Construction Grant Program, which is beginning its third annual application process.
Letters of intent from interested towns are due on June 29 and formal applications are due by July 31. Grant awards are expected to be announced before the end of the year. A mandatory orientation workshop to educate applicants on trail design and planning fundamentals is set for April 26.
Grants are awarded to qualified applicants from the county’s 39 towns to build new recreational trails, thereby enhancing recreational opportunities for county residents.
The Board of Freeholders in 2017 approved awards of $583,000 for projects in Hanover, Jefferson, Madison, Morris Township, Washington Township, and Wharton.
“The trails that are created across Morris County with the help of these county grants makes our vast open spaces accessible to everyone, which improves the quality of life for all county residents,’’ said Freeholder Director Doug Cabana.
Funding comes from a portion of the county’s existing voter-approved Morris County Preservation Trust Fund, which will generate just over $8 million this year through a tax of 7/8ths of one cent per $100 of assessed property value.
The program operates on a reimbursement basis only. Municipal applicants are limited to one request per funding cycle. The program requires municipalities to provide planning and design of new trails and to contribute a 20 percent match for the trail construction projects.
Permissible Uses and Projects include:
Various aspects of project development are not eligible for funding as part of this grant program. They include, but are not limited to the following: land condemnation, land acquisition, trail feasibility studies, planning, design, sidewalks, improvements or construction to roads, lighting, running tracks (tracks used for races involving athletes at track meets), law enforcement personnel and activities, promotional materials (shirts, caps, pins, etc…)
Funding only will be considered if the land on which a trail is to be constructed is:
The minimum grant amount is $5,000. The maximum grant award limit is defined as “no one award shall receive more than 60 percent of the funds available during each year’s funding cycle.” However, this exception can be waived if the pool of applicants is limited and/or a project is deemed to be a regionally significant project.
For more information on the mandatory April 26 orientation and for facts about the program, visit: http://planning.morriscountynj.gov/divisions/prestrust/trail/