Posted Friday, April 12th, 2019
Letters of Intent Due on June 28 for 2019 Grants
Nearly $1.4 million in 2019 grants for trails construction projects will be available to Morris County’s 39 municipalities through the 2019 Morris County Trail Construction Grant Program, which is beginning its fourth annual application process.
Letters of intent from interested towns are due by June 28 and formal applications are due by July 31. Grant awards are expected to be announced before the end of the year.
A 2019 program update is scheduled for Tuesday, April 23, 11 a.m. to 12 noon at the Morris County Cultural Center, 300 Mendham Road, Morris Township.
Grants are awarded for qualified projects from the county’s 39 towns to build new trails, thereby enhancing recreational opportunities for county residents.
The Board of Freeholders in 2018 approved awards of $798,000 for projects in Florham Park, Long Hill, Hanover, Madison, Mt. Arlington, and Washington Township.
“Trails that are built across Morris County, and which are financed with the help of these county grants, makes our vast open spaces accessible to all residents, improving our quality of life,’’ 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 3/4ths 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 trail projects 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, 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 a project is deemed to be a regionally significant project.
For more information about the program, visit: http://planning.morriscountynj.gov/divisions/prestrust/trail/