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Laura Donaldson walks along paved trail by Doug AldersonGreenways and Trails Funding Sources

View a comprehensive list of available resources.

Paddlesports Grant Opportunities

A list of grants that can help promote and establish paddling trails

Florida Communities Trust (FCT)

The FCT assists communities in protecting important natural resources, providing recreational opportunities and preserving Florida's traditional working waterfronts through the competitive criteria in the Parks and Open Space Florida Forever Grant Program and the Stan Mayfield Working Waterfronts Florida Forever Grant Program. These local land acquisition grant programs provide funding to local governments and eligible nonprofit organizations to acquire land for parks, open space, greenways and projects supporting Florida's seafood harvesting and aquaculture industries. The source of funding for Florida Communities Trust comes from Florida Forever proceeds.

Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program (FRDAP)

The FRDAP is a state competitive grant program that provides financial assistance to local governments to develop and/or acquire land for public outdoor recreational purposes. The maximum grant request is $200,000.

Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)

The LWCF is a federal competitive program that provides grants for acquisition or development of land for public outdoor recreation use. The matching ratio is one applicant dollar to one federal dollar for all grant awards (50%/50%). The maximum grant request is $200,000. 

Legacy Trails Program

The US Forest Service is looking to fund projects that restore fish and aquatic organism passage, improve trail resiliency, preserve trail access, decommission unauthorized trails, and convert unneeded Forest Service roads to trails. 

Coastal Partnership Initiative (CPI)

This grant program was established to promote the protection and effective management of Florida's coastal resources at the local level. Grants support four program areas: resilient communities, public access, working waterfronts and coastal stewardship. In the past, coastal paddling trail development and primitive campsite improvements such as composting toilets have been funded.

Florida Boating Improvement Program (FBIP)

Administered by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, this grant program provides funding through competitive grants for boating access projects and other motorized boating-related activities on coastal and/or inland waters of Florida.

Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)

The Florida Department of Transportation's TAP focuses on improvements that create alternatives to transportation for the non-motorized user and enhancements to the transportation system for all users. Nine activities are eligible for funding including construction, planning and design of on- and off-road facilities for bicyclists and pedestrians.

Shared-Use Nonmotorized (SUN) Trail Network

Managed by the Florida Department of Transportation, the SUN Trail program funds non-motorized paved shared-use trails that are part of the Florida Greenways and Trails System Priority Trail Map coordinated by OGT.

America Walks Community Change Grants

Awards grantees $1,500 in community stipends for projects related to creating healthy, active, and engaged places to live, work and play.

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP)

The RTP is a federally funded competitive grant program that provides financial assistance to agencies of city, county, state or federal governments and organizations approved by the state, or state and federally recognized Indian tribal governments, for the development of recreational trails, trailheads and trailside facilities. For more information on Florida's Recreational Trails Program, view Chapter 62S-2, F.A.C. (pdf 109 kb), the rule governing the program in Florida.

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April 9, 2024 - 10:31am

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