Trail Construction Grant Program

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2020 Trail Construction Grant Applications Available

The 2020 Trail Construction Grant Program is currently open to receive applications for funding trail construction projects under the Morris County Preservation Trust Fund. All municipalities in Morris County are qualified and encouraged to apply for funding.

Applicants can view the 2020 application forms and list of other required application materials.

The rules, procedures, and application materials remain the same as last year.  Applicants can review the Trail Grant Program Fact Sheet(PDF, 654KB) for a brief summary of the program or for more details see Program Overview Presentation(PDF, 6MB).

The schedule and application deadlines are as follows: Step #1-Letter of Intent(PDF, 799KB), is due by 4:00 PM on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 and Step #2-Full Application(PDF, 7MB) is due by 4:00 PM on Monday, August 31, 2020.

We understand that municipalities might be working with limited resources while addressing higher priorities during these unprecedented times.  The Program will consider extensions of the application deadlines on a case-by-case basis.  Please contact the Program Coordinator to request deadline extensions.

We encourage applicants to schedule a Pre-Application Meeting with the Program Coordinator so that we can assist to guide your project and simplify the application process.  All first-time applicants are required to attend a Pre-Application Meeting so that we can familiarize you with the details of the program.  We anticipate that meetings will be conducted via phone or video conference.

Please contact Denise Chaplick, Trail Grant Program Coordinator at (973) 326-7605 or [email protected] for information on the program or application process.

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Morris County Trail Program

The Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders (now County Commissioners) created the Morris County Trail Construction Grant Program to provide grant funding to municipalities for the construction of trails on preserved, public parkland. 

In November 2014, the voting electorate of Morris County approved the ballot question to allow trail construction as a permitted use under the Morris County Preservation Trust Fund by a margin of nearly 3 to 1.

The Morris County Trail Construction Program will operate as a collective and collaborative effort of the Morris County Park Commission and the Morris County Office of Planning and Preservation.

The recreational trail use opportunities created by the program will support cultural tourism efforts and enhance the quality of life for the residents of Morris County. The program will rely upon local communities and their government representatives to provide inspiration, planning, and commitment, as well as meeting the matching funds requirement, to make these trail projects a reality.

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