(Published on the DNCR Official Website)
The N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation recently awarded $3,025,636 in grants for 13 land acquisition projects through the Complete the Trails Program Fund. These grants will leverage more than $13 million in matching funds to help local nonprofit partners acquire land for state trails projects in nine North Carolina counties.
“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate North Carolina’s Year of the Trail than by providing grants to expand numerous official state trails,” said N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources Secretary D. Reid Wilson. “We appreciate Governor Cooper and the General Assembly for their commitment to this effort that will support outdoor recreation, improve public health, and expand access to nature.”
The Complete the Trails Program was created through 2021 legislation that provides an unprecedented level of funding — $29.25 million — for state trails in North Carolina. Complete the Trails Program funds are being used for land acquisition, capacity building, trail development and small community grants.