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Next Level Trails Applicant Information

Next Level Trails Round 3 Application Period

Round 3 applications will be accepted starting on November 1, 2021 and are due by 5 pm ET/ 4 pm CT on December 1, 2021.

How to Apply or Re-Apply

Pre-Application: Ensure your project is eligible by reviewing the Overview of the Next Level Trails Grant Program. Next, review the NLT Grant Application Handbook for detailed application instructions. Additionally, consider participating in an NLT Applicant workshop or view the NLT webinar to learn more.

Step 1: New Applicants: Use the application packet checklist to gather all of the information needed for the application packet. Fill out the application form, following the instructions, and electronically submit your application packet to nextleveltrails@dnr.IN.gov by the application deadline. Applicants are encouraged to submit materials in the same order as the application packet checklist and include a table of contents.

Returning Applicants: Applicants not awarded funds in previous rounds may re-apply for the next round. All returning applicants must submit a new application form and packet to nextleveltrails@dnr.IN.gov by the application deadline. Returning applicants are welcome to amend or alter their applications as desired. Applicants are encouraged to include a table of contents within their application packet.

*Please note the file size limit for the nextleveltrails@dnr.IN.gov email account is 19 MB. If your email is larger, please consider either splitting your application into multiple, smaller emails OR email a request for an invite to use GoAnywhere, a free file-sharing service used by the State of Indiana. Instructions to upload an application using GoAnywhere.

Step 2: DNR Division of Outdoor Recreation staff will confirm receipt of your application. Staff may contact you with questions about the application or to request follow-up information.

Step 3: DNR Division of Outdoor Recreation staff will review each application to ensure it meets eligibility requirements and to complete a due-diligence process. They will then provide your application to the Next Level Trails Rating Committee, who will evaluate projects based on the preferences and considerations explained in the NLT Application Handbook. Upon completion of the review process, grant recipients will be officially notified of their award.

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Application Documents
Doing Business with the State of Indiana
DNR Early Coordination Instructions
Land Acquisition Documents

Next Level Trails Workshops

Round 3 Potential Applicant Workshop Resources
Round 2 Potential Applicant Workshop Resources
Round 1 Potential Applicant Workshop Resources