Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation announced on Monday that several grants are now up for grabs by local communities.
The 2014 grant cycle for the Local Parks and Recreation Fund, the Land and Water Conservation Fund and the Recreational Trails Program are open for applications.
TDEC will be contacting local communities about availability of these grants and will host several workshops throughout the state to assist communities in the grant writing process.
Local Parks and Recreation Fund Grants provide 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.
The Land and Water Conservation Fund 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 Grants are provided through the federal Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act.
TDEC administers this program in Tennessee. Grants 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.
The east Tennessee workshops will be held Jan. 28 at the TDEC Environmental Field Office in Knoxville.
The Local Parks and Recreation Fund and Land and Water Conservation Fund meeting will be held at 10 a.m. The Recreational Trails meeting will be held at 11:45 a.m.