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Recreation Grant Questions:
Alice Burke, 615-532-0765
Environmental Review Questions:
Debbie Smith, 615-532-0051
Greenways and Trails Questions:
Bob Richards, 615-532-0753
Reimbursement Questions:
Silke Arnold, 615-532-0758

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.

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. FY2011-2012 Application period is closed. Funded programs to be announced TBD.

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.

2014 Parks and Recreation Grants

Governor Haslam and Commissioner Martineau announced the recipients of the 2014 Parks and Recreation Grants in August. Counties and other municipalities received grants totaling $6.6 million in Local Parks and Recreation Fund (LPRF) and 1.2 million in Recreational Trails Program Fund (RTP) to help improve their green spaces while making the great outdoors even more accessible for all to enjoy.

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.


2014 LPRF and RTP Project Workshop PowerPoint 2012 LPRF Project Workshop PowerPoint
2014 LPRF Project Manual 2012 LPRF Project Manual
2014 RTP Project Manual  

Grant Forms:

Please monitor for information on future grant rounds.