- What is the required match?
Each project in the NLT program requires a minimum 20% match. For example, an applicant requesting $800,000 in grant assistance would be required to provide at least $200,000 in match for a $1 million project. However, consideration will be given to projects that exceed the minimum match requirement.
- How much funding can I apply for?
Applicants for regionally significant projects may request a maximum of $5 million and minimum of $250,000 in grant assistance. Applicants for locally significant projects may request a maximum of $2 million and minimum of $200,000. These limits are for the life of the program, even if the applicant applies for multiple projects.
- If I have to hire consultants for planning, engineering or project management, are there requirements?
Yes, they must be prequalified by INDOT. More information and list of prequalified consultants can be found on INDOT’s website.
- What is the difference between partners and supporters?
Partners provide substantial financial or other valuable resources to the project. Partners generally donate money, labor, materials, or other services. Supporters, on the other hand, may encourage the development of the project without providing resources. Supporters generally offer public endorsements and/or letters of support.
- How do I know if my project is in the State Visionary Trail System Corridor?
- What counts as local match?
Eligible match includes monetary contributions (appropriations, bond issues, force account, cash donations), land value, and in-kind donations of materials, equipment, and labor. Only those costs incurred within the contract period will be eligible for advance payment, subject to the terms of the contract. Previous expenses or donations related to the project may be credited as match, subject to DNR review.
- How do I submit an application?
Applications and attachments must be submitted electronically to email@example.com. You will receive a notification that your application has been received. If your application is larger than 19Mb, you will have split it into separate emails. No paper applications will be accepted.
- What is the deadline for applying?
The application deadline for the opening round of funding is February 15, 2019. Deadlines for future rounds will be announced at a later date.
- Are any trails not eligible?
Motorized trails and water trails are not eligible for this program.
- What if my project is not awarded funds this round?
Eligible projects that are not awarded in a given grant round remain eligible for future rounds. Applicants may opt to submit an improved or amended application for future rounds.
- Who do I talk to if I have more questions about applying?
Questions can be sent to nextleveltrails@dnr.IN.gov