Grants for Trails: Finding, Applying, and Managing

Introduction to grant funding for trails: how to find, apply for, and manage grants.

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July 18, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (Pacific Time) {more time zones}

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Mountain Time)
12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (Central Time)
01:00 PM to 02:00 PM (Eastern Time)


FREE for members
FREE for nonmembers

Learning Credit Cost: FREE


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Webinar Outline

This webinar will be an introduction to grant funding for trails: how to find, apply for, and manage grants. It will center on Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funding and understanding that/how it is different in every state, and how to find ones that are local/regional. The presenter will touch on different trail and project types, which would play into evaluating whether your project is a good fit for the grant.

Learning Objectives:

  • Know where to find grants for trails.
  • Know how to evaluate if grants meet your needs.
  • Know how to apply for grants.
  • Know how grants are managed and what you will need to do as a recipient.
  • Know some tips on how to make grant management easier.


This webinar qualifies as a Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) course (via LA CES).

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Grant Tracking Workshop Examples

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Brian Carpenter, Outdoor Grants Manager, Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office
Olympia, Washington

Brian Carpenter is a grant manager specializing in government funding for trails, while also covering parks, boat launches, and other recreation and conservation projects. After a youth spent adventuring and volunteering on trails, Brian graduated from WWU’s Recreation Management and Leadership program, with an emphasis on Outdoor Recreation. Brian used to apply for grants while working as the coordinator of a large county Adopt-a-Trail program and then as a recreation facility maintenance manager, and has since been on the receiving end of grant applications for five years.


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  • American Institute of Certified Planners Continuing Maintenance (AICP CM)
  • Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES) (most HSW approved)
  • National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) CEU equivalency petition
  • CEU/PDH equivalency petition for other accepting organizations

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