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Arizona Grant Programs

Playground funded by Arizona State Parks and Trails grant moneyDid you know that Arizona State Parks and Trails has helped administer grant funding for over 2,363 outdoor recreational projects in Arizona? Have you ever wanted to add a new recreational feature to your town, city or county?

Arizona State Parks and Trails works with Federal, State, County and Municipal Governments, as well as Tribes, Clubs and Non-Profits to help fund outdoor recreation educational programs, projects that build recreational motorized and non-motorized trails, trail facilities, and playgrounds. These grants can also be used to develop ball fields, ramadas, picnic tables, grills, and tennis and basketball courts to name a few. Funds can also be used to increase outdoor recreational opportunities for those with disabilities. If your agency is considering building accessible trails, outdoor recreation facilities and/or educational-related projects, our grant programs will help you reach that goal. 

Programs have funded some of the most popular parks and trails throughout the state including the Arizona National Scenic Trail, South Mountain Preserve, Horseshoe Bend, all Arizona National Forests, State Parks, McDowell Sonoran Preserve, Reid Park, Prescott Circle Trail, Tucson Mountain Park, Hualapai Mountain Park, Flagstaff Urban Trail System, and the list goes on. 

All grant programs operate on a reimbursement basis. Reimbursements to grantees are made according to the percentage specified in the participant agreement for eligible expenditures included within the project’s approved scope of work.

Grant administration is accomplished through the development of application guidelines and a priority rating system, the execution of Participant Agreements and Preservation Conservation Easement Deeds with grantees, and the subsequent monitoring of administrative compliance, expended funds, and project work.

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Grant Program Details

Arizona State Parks and Trails (ASPT) invites non-profits, clubs, local, regional, state, federal and tribal governments to submit grant applications for all kinds of motorized and non-motorized recreational trail uses. Eligible projects could include:

  • Trail development 

  • Trail maintenance 

  • Pedestrian uses (hiking, running, wheelchair use)

  • ADA/accessibility 

  • Bicycling, equestrian use

  • Off-road motorcycling, all-terrain vehicle riding, four-wheel driving, other off-road motorized vehicles

  • OHV law enforcement 

  • Trail etiquette and education (safety, environmental and cultural education) 

Land and Water Conservation Fund

The Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965 (Public Law 88-578) became effective January 1, 1965. The Act provides financial assistance to states, their political subdivisions, and Indian tribal governments for the acquisition and development of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities. The Land and Water Conservation Fund was established by Congress through Public Law 88-578, as amended, and receives its revenue primarily from the Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas leasing. 

  • Available Funds: Variable (based on project needs and timeline)
  • Eligible Applicants: Eligible applicants include governmental entities (cities, towns, counties, tribal governments, state and federal agencies). Non-profits and clubs are not eligible for the LWCF.

  • Eligible Projects: Funding can be used for outdoor recreation facilities; ADA/accessibility upgrades; acquisition of park lands; baseball & soccer fields, bike parks, pools, playground equipment.

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Recreational Trails Program (Motorized and Non-Motorized Portions)

Accessible ADA compliant trail funded by a recreation trail grantThe 112th Congress enacted the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). It leaves the Recreational Trails Program, a Federal-aid program codified in Federal statutes under section 206 of title 23, United States Code (23 U.S.C. 206), unchanged. The program provides funds for all kinds of recreational trail uses, such as pedestrian uses (hiking, running, wheelchair use), bicycling, in-line skating, equestrian use, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, off-road motorcycling, all-terrain vehicle riding, four-wheel driving, or using other off-road motorized vehicles. Each state develops its own procedures to solicit projects from applicants and to select projects for funding, in response to motorized recreational trail needs within the state. The MAP-21 Act provided funding through 2014.

  • Available Funds: Approximately $2 million will be available to award selected projects.

  • Eligible Applicants: Include non-profits, governmental entities: cities, towns, counties, tribal governments, state and federal agencies. Organizations and clubs may enter into a cooperative agreement with an eligible applicant, (e.g. forest land manager).

  • Eligible Projects: Funding can be used for projects such as trail development, trail maintenance, pedestrian uses (hiking, running, ADA-accessibility improvements-trails, signs, education), bicycling, equestrian, off-road motorcycling, all-terrain vehicle riding, four-wheel driving, or using other off-road motorized vehicles.

Trail Maintenance Program (Non-Motorized Projects Only)

  • Available Funds: $10,000 to $50,000 per project
  • Eligible Applicants: Eligible applicants include governmental entities (cities, towns, county, tribal governments, State and Federal agencies), Non-Profits

  • Eligible Projects: Routine maintenance on existing trails. tread maintenance, clearing of pathways, drainage improvements, replacing existing fencing, minor reroutes to make trail more sustainable.

Safety and Environmental Education

  • Available Funds: Up to $10,000 per project
  • Eligible Applicants: Eligible applicants include governmental entities (cities, towns, county, tribal governments, State and Federal agencies), Non-Profits

  • Eligible Projects: Trailhead kiosks, emergency markers, trail related training, signage, maps, educational programs, trail guides.

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Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Fund

The State OHV Recreation Fund, established in 1991, provides a legislatively set percentage (0.55 percent) of total license taxes on motor vehicle fuel from the Highway User Revenue Fund for OHV management. Approximately $1.5 million is available annually through Arizona State Parks for OHV projects. In 2009, new OHV legislation was enacted to provide more regulation of OHV usage and additional funds to support law enforcement and facility development. All vehicles weighing less than 1,800 pounds and designed primarily for travel over unimproved terrain are required to display an indicia (sticker) distributed through the Department of Motor Vehicles. The $25 cost of the sticker is added to the OHV Recreation Fund. State Parks receives 60 percent of the money in the fund for projects.

Large Scale Grants

  • Available Funds: Variable (based on project needs and timeline)
  • Eligible Applicants: Eligible applicants include governmental entities (cities, towns, counties, tribal governments, state and federal agencies), Non-profits and clubs.

  • Eligible Projects: Funding can be used to develop and maintain existing trails, acquire land to develop new trails, trail design and engineering, developing support facilities, cultural and environmental clearances, education, and law enforcement.

Small Scale Grants

  • Available Funds: Up to $100,000 per Project
  • Eligible Applicants: Eligible applicants include governmental entities (cities, towns, counties, tribal governments, state and federal agencies), Non-profits and clubs.

  • Eligible Projects: Funding can be used to develop and maintain existing trails, acquire land to develop new trails, trail design and engineering, developing support facilities, cultural and environmental clearances, education, and law enforcement.

Emergency and Mitigation Grants

  • Available Funds: Up to $100,000 per Project
  • Eligible Applicants: Eligible applicants include governmental entities (cities, towns, counties, tribal governments, state and federal agencies), Non-profits and clubs.

  • Eligible Projects: Funding can be used for trail damages caused by vandalism, fire, and weather occurrences when expedited grant dispersal is necessary to fix an unsafe condition. Trash removal and dust mitigation projects are also available. 

Law Enforcement Grants

  • Available Funds: Up to $30,000 per Project
  • Eligible Applicants: Federal, State, County, Local, and Tribal Law enforcement agencies

  • Eligible Projects: Expenses related to law enforcement OHV equipment, PPE, electrical equipment (cameras, radios, traffic controllers etc.) salary and overtime.

Signage Grants

  • Available Funds: Up to $10,000 per Project
  • Eligible Applicants: Eligible applicants include governmental entities (cities, towns, counties, tribal governments, state and federal agencies), Non-profits and clubs.

  • Eligible Projects: Funding can be used to purchase and/or install trail marker posts, trail marker decals, trail signs, and informational kiosks. 

To assist with this responsibility, the Grants staff works with the following advisory committees:

Arizona Outdoor Recreation Coordinating Commission (AORCC)
Off-Highway Vehicle Advisory Group (OHVAG)
Arizona State Committee on Trails (ASCOT)
Natural Areas Program Advisory Committee (NAPAC)

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