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Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Parks and Recreation 2045 Morse Road Columbus Ohio 43229 Reimbursement GRANTS State : Clean Ohio Trails Fund (COTF) Nature Works Federal : Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Recreational Trails Program (RTP) http://www.ohiodnr.com/grants.htm Nature Works Created through the Ohio Parks & Natural Resources Bond Issue Overwhelmingly approved by Ohio Voters in November 1993 Nature Works • Eligible Projects: – Public Park & Recreation Areas (min. 15 yr lease) • Acquisition • Development • Rehabilitation • Engineering design as a part of project – if within 6 months and with prior approval. • Eligible Sponsors: – All Local Subdivisions of Government Nature Works • Required Match: – Minimum 25% – Donated land allowed – if within grant period – Donated labor costs are allowed • Project Size: Varies by County – Approximately 1.9 mil per year – 1/3 allocated evenly to each Ohio county, remaining 2/3 based on population. • Perpetuity Requirement: • Grant projects must remain in public recreational use forever. • Time to Complete Project: 18 months • Reimbursement Time: 2-3 weeks LWCF Land and Water Conservation Fund Act Passed by Congress in Sept. 1964, effective Jan. 1965. Funding issued to the state. The state has discretion over how much funding will be available for local governments. Since 1965 Ohio has received over $140 million. Over ½ of this funding has been used for local parks projects. LWCF Eligible Projects: Public Park & Recreation Areas: Acquisition Development (Sponsor must own property) Rehabilitation (Sponsor must own property) Engineering design as a part of project – if within 6 months Eligible Sponsors: All Local Subdivisions of Government Local school boards (with prior approval) Perpetuity Requirement: Grant projects must remain in public recreational use forever. LWCF Required Match: 50% State grant $ can comprise up to 20% of this 50%. Donated land allowed – if within grant period. Donated labor costs are allowed Project Size: Unofficial max. on project awards: $70,000 Time to complete Project: 18 months Reimbursement Time: 2-3 weeks RTP Authorized by congress in the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991. Reauthorized (again) in 2005 under the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) To Date: 10.8 Million in RTP $ Awarded to 158 Projects 32.25 Miles of Trail Corridor Acquisition 174 Miles of New Trail 218 Miles of Trail Maintenance and/or Restoration 21 New Trailheads 24 New Bridges (includes major rehabs) • 12 New Trail Equipment Items • 1 Signage project (mile markers) • 1 Safety / Environmental Stewardship Education Event. • 1 Grant Assistance to a Trail Patrol RTP Eligible Projects: Trail development Land acquisition for a trail (min. 15 yr lease) Trail maintenance / restoration / equipment Trailhead facilities Education - safety & environmental protection (5% limit) Engineering/Design - as a part of a trail project – during grant period Eligible Sponsors: Political Subdivisions State & Federal Agencies Non Profit 501 C3s RTP Required Match: 20% Project Size: Awards are usually < $200,000. ($150K cap in 2009) Time to complete project: 18 months Reimbursement Time: 2-3 weeks Motorized Requirement: Thirty percent of Ohio’s yearly allocation must fund motorized public recreational trails. Clean Ohio Trails Fund November 2000: Voters approved Issue 1, the Clean Ohio Fund. •Clean Ohio Trail Fund (ODNR) The 5th round was recently awarded •Clean Ohio Green Space Conservation Program (Public Works Commission) •Clean Ohio Agricultural Easement Purchase Program (Dept. of Agriculture) •Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund (Dept. of Development) Accomplishments - COTF 4 Rounds $ 25 Million Awarded to 97 Projects 33 Miles of Corridor Acquisition 205 Miles of New Trail 29 New Bridges (includes major rehabs) 3 New Trail Tunnels 3 New Trailheads HB 699 Signed on 12/28/06. • Provides for the continuation of Clean Ohio within available bond capacity. • The funding level remains at $6.25 million per year. • Funding for the continuation of the program was approved in the November 2008 election. Clean Ohio Trails Fund Eligible : Land acquisition for a trail (min. 15 yr lease) Trail development – making connections! Trailhead facilities – if a part of a trail project Engineering - design - as a part of a trail project - & if within 2 yrs of agreement Eligible Project Sponsors: Political Subdivisions Non-Profit 501 C3s Clean Ohio Trails Fund Required Match: – Minimum 25% – Donated labor, materials, & land are allowed. Project Size: – To date, maximum size of project awards: $500,000. Reimbursement Time: 2-3 weeks Deadline APPLICATIONS MUST BE BY February 1 Who to contact for more info: For NatureWorks and LWCF Dameyon M. Shipley 614-265-6646 email@example.com For Recreational Trails and Clean Ohio Trails D’Juan Hammonds 614-265-6417 firstname.lastname@example.org Questions?
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