2021 Outdoor Recreation Trails+ Grant Awardees Announced

Monday, November 01, 2021

Through a competitive grant process, the Outdoor Recreation Division is investing $506,736 in 25 organizations to build trails, trailheads, signage, river access, and more throughout New Mexico.

SANTA FE, N.M. – Today, the Outdoor Recreation Division (ORD) of the Economic Development Department (EDD) announced the awardees of the Outdoor Recreation Trails+ grant.

ORD administers this infrastructure program (formerly called the Special Projects and Outdoor Infrastructure grant) to improve access to outdoor recreation, while simultaneously bolstering the state’s outdoor recreation economy, which made up 2.5% of GDP in 2019. The grant funds conservation-centric, shovel-ready projects that are open to the public and demonstrate a clear benefit to the community, either by attracting and retaining businesses and residents and/or attracting visitors. Eligible projects include trail systems, trailheads, signage, outdoor classrooms, river access, and more.

Tribes and Pueblos, municipalities, counties, other political subdivisions of the state, and nonprofits are eligible to apply. The grant requires a 1:1 match (in-kind accepted) from other funding sources. Funding is split between tribal, rural, acequia/land grant, and urban communities.

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