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Potential Funding Opportunities

Adopt-a-Trail Grant Program (AAT)
Awards $108,000 annually to government agencies, nonprofit organizations and private trail groups for trails projects. The funds can be used for trail building, trail signage and facilities, trail maintenance, trail brochures and maps, and other related uses. Requires no local match or in-kind services.

Recreational Trails Program (RTP)
The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is a $1.3 million grant program funded by Congress with money from the federal gas taxes paid on fuel used by off-highway vehicles. This program’s intent is to meet the trail and trail-related recreational needs identified by the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan. Grant applicants must be able contribute 20% of the project cost with cash or in-kind contributions. 

Rural Cooperative Development Grant Program 
Rural Cooperative Development grants are made for establishing and operating centers for cooperative development for the primary purpose of improving the economic condition of rural areas through the development of new cooperatives and improving operations of existing cooperatives. The U.S. Department of Agriculture desires to encourage and stimulate the development of effective cooperative organizations in rural America as a part of its total package of rural development efforts.

Rural Center Community Economic Development Grants
The Community Economic Development Grants Program, one of the Rural Center’s longest-running programs, provides financial assistance to minority community development corporations to help them improve the economic well-being and quality of life in their communities.

Rural Housing and Economic Development Grant 
Capacity Building and Support involves the enhancement of existing organizations to carry out new functions and/or perform more effectively existing functions. Innovative Housing Economic Development activities include: preparation of plans, architectural drawings, acquisition of land and buildings, demolition, provision of infrastructure, purchase of materials and construction costs, use of local labor markets, job training and counseling for beneficiaries and financial services such as revolving loan funds and Individual Development Accounts or IDA’s.

Grants.gov
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services the managing partner for Grants.gov, an initiative that is having an impact on the grant community. Over 1,000 grant programs offered by all Federal grant making agencies.

USDA Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service 
Search through available, anticipated competitive grants or cooperative agreements.

The Kresge Foundation 
The Kresge Foundations mission is to strengthen nonprofit organizations that advance the well-being of humanity. The Kresge Foundation is a $3 billion national foundation that builds stronger nonprofit organizations; catalyzing their growth, helping them connect with their stakeholders, and challenging them with grants that leverage greater support. The Foundation concentrates its programming on capital campaigns as a key opportunity for nonprofit growth.

Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) 
SARE provides grants and information to improve profitability, stewardship and quality of life. These include the Research and Education Grant, as well as the Professional Development Program.

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Grants (SARE) 
SARE is a competitive grants program providing grants to researchers, agricultural educators, farmers and ranchers, and students in the United States.

Clean Water Management Trust Fund
CWMTF will fund projects that (1) enhance or restore degraded waters, (2) protect unpolluted waters, and/or (3) contribute toward a network of riparian buffers and greenways for environmental, educational, and recreational benefits.

Tourism Matching Funds Program 
The Tourism Matching Funds grant program provides aid to local communities and non-profit tourism organizations with their local and regional tourism marketing and development projects. Contact the NC Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development at 919-733-4171 or visit their website.

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