Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn is reminding local governments and recreation and conservation organizations that grant applications are now being accepted for recreation and conservation projects.

“Outdoor recreation and healthier living close to home are just two of the many benefits to be funded through these grants for local park improvements, trails, and river access,” said Dunn. “Quality of life is improved for so many by this local emphasis. Also, we know every grant dollar, generally leverages an additional $3 in local, county and private investments, giving every state dollar more power for the public good.”

Funded through DCNR’s Community Conservation Partnerships Program, grants benefit planning, acquisition, and development of:

  • Public parks
  • Recreation areas
  • Motorized and non-motorized trails
  • River conservation and access
  • Stream buffers
  • Open space conservation
  • Regional and statewide partnerships to better develop and manage resources


The 2020 grant application round closes April 22.

For more information, including upcoming webinars to assist applicants, visit DCNR’s Community Conservation Partnership Grant Program website.