Recreation Educational Services Grants

Recreation Educational Services is responsible for administering federal and state grant programs to local and state governments. The Division manages the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), the Local Parks and Recreation Fund (LPRF) Grant Program, the Natural Resources Trust Fund (NRTF) and the Recreation Trails Program (RTP). The programs listed below have a match requirement and specific regulations for the applicants.

Parks and Recreation Grants Available to Local Communities

TDEC to host grant workshops November 28-30

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) announced the 2018 grant cycle for the Local Parks and Recreation Fund, the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and the Recreational Trails Program. TDEC’s Division of Recreational Educational Services (RES) will host three workshops across the state on Nov. 28-30 to assist communities interested in the grant application process. 

Local Parks and Recreation Fund (LPRF) grants provide state funding to local governmental agencies for the purchase of land for parks, natural areas, greenways and the purchase of land for recreational facilities. Funds also may be used for trail development and capital projects in parks, natural areas and greenways.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grants provide matching grants to states, local governments and state agencies that provide recreation and parks, for the acquisition and development of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities.

Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grants provide matching grants to state, local, and federal governmental agencies as well as 501c3 organizations as long as the land developed is publically owned.  RTP funds may be used for non-routine maintenance and restoration of existing trails, development and rehabilitation trailside or for trailhead facilities such as restrooms, shelters and parking lots, construction of new trails and acquisition of land for recreational trails or corridors.

Those interested in applying for the 2018 grant cycle are encouraged to attend a workshop as grant application criteria has changed as well as the grant application submission being moved to an online application process. Space at each location is limited. To guarantee your seat, register using the link below for the grant application workshop you will be attending or contact Tricia Ferguson at (615) 532-0752.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
10:00 am - 1:30pm CST
Southwest TN Development District
102 E. College St.
Jackson, TN 38301
Register here

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
9:30 am - 1:00pm CST

Patterson Park Community Center
521 Mercury Blvd.
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Register here

Thursday, November 30, 2017
9:30 am - 1:00pm EST

Farragut Town Hall
11408 Municipal Center Dr.
Farragut, TN 37934
Register here
 
 

Local Parks and Recreation Fund (LPRF) Grants

The LPRF program provides state funding for the purchase of land for parks, natural areas, greenways and the purchase of land for recreational facilities. Funds also may be used for trail development and capital projects in parks, natural areas and greenways. Recreation Educational Services administers the LPRF grants. These grants are a 50% match.

Recreation Trails Program (RTP)

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is a federal funded, state administered grant program. The RTP provides grant funding for land acquisition for trails, trail maintenance, trail construction, trail rehabilitation and for trail head support facilities. These funds are distributed in the form of an 80% grant with a 20% match. Local, state and federal land managing agencies are eligible to apply as well as state chartered, non-profit organizations with IRS 501 (c) (3) status that have a written agreement for trail management with an agency. All grant projects MUST be on publicly owned land.

TRIP Grant Manual and Application

The Tennessee Recreation Initiative Program (TRIP) apportions grant money to cities and counties who lack professional parks and recreational director and do not provide a comprehensive recreation delivery system in their community. These grants are a three-year commitment, $50,000 grant matched by the communities.

Land and Water Conservation Funds (LWCF) Grants

The LWCF program provides matching grants to states, and through the state to local governments and state agencies that provide recreation and parks, for the acquisition and development of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities. Recreation Educational Services administers the LWCF grants. These grants require a 50% match.

Manuals