Location: Kansas

Apply For 2015 Sunflower Foundation Trail Grants

The Sunflower Foundation has announced a new Request for Proposals to build trails in Kansas:

The foundation invites communities, schools and non-profit organizations to submit proposals for building, enhancing or connecting trails in order to create safe, accessible places for outdoor physical activity.

There are a variety of funding options for potential trail projects. Applicants are invited to review the following RFPs as a first step to determine the best fit for their project.

RFP #15-102 – Community-Based New Trails or Trail Expansion
This RFP is designed for communities seeking to construct a trail at least 1/2 mile long, or expand an existing trail by adding 1/2 mile. Funding is available up to $55,000, contingent upon project budget and bids. All grants require a $1 for $1 match.

RFP #15-103 – Community-Based Existing Trail Improvements
This RFP is designed for communities that wish to improve an existing trail with either infrastructure (such as bridges), trees for trail shading and/or distance signage. Funding is available up to $20,000, contingent upon project budget and bids. All grants require a $1 for $1 match.

RFP #15-104 – Community-Based Trail Connectors
This RFP is designed for communities seeking to link an existing trail with another trail or key access point to improve usability. The trail connector may be less than 1/2 mile. Funding is available up to $30,000, contingent upon project budget and bids. All grants require a $1 for $1 match.

RFP #15-105 – School-Based New Trails
This RFP is designed for schools seeking to construct a trail at least 1/4 mile long on school property. Funding is available up to $25,000, contingent upon project budget and bids. All grants require a $1 for $1 match.

The application deadline is March 11, 2015. For more information, visit SunflowerFoundation.org. You can also contact Elizabeth Stewart at estewart@sunflowerfoundation.org or (785) 232-3000.

2015 Sunflower Trails RFP  (image courtesy Sunflower Foundation)

2015 Sunflower Trails RFP (image courtesy Sunflower Foundation)

The Sunflower Foundation began the Sunflower Trails program in 2005 as a way to help Kansas schools and communities build environments that are supportive of outdoor physical activity for all ages and ability. Since then, the foundation has partnered in more than 130 trail projects across the state (see Sunflower Trail Finder).


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By Randy Rasa, editor/webmaster at Kansas Cyclist, the web’s premier Kansas cycling information site, featuring authoritative guides to Kansas cycling clubs, bike shops, organized bike rides, touring, trails, and much more. [learn more]

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