Construction of the Section 7 Bridge of the Indian Creek Valley Hike and Bike Trail.
Trail Assistance Mini-Grant Program
Trail Mini-Grant Program for Pennsylvania Rail-Trails
Applications Now Being Accepted
Deadline for applications is
February 28, 2014
Contact Pat Tomes at 717-467-4024 to discuss your grant application prior to submitting the application.
Download Grant Guidelines
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources; Trails Managers in Pennsylvania
The mini-grant program managed by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) began as a way to assist trail organizations or municipalities that need to make small repairs and improvements to their trail outside of the regular DCNR grant schedule, and well below the higher-dollar amounts usually requested on major grants.
2013 Grant Awards
Bells Gap Rail Trail
$1,896 for drainage and fencing.
$1,984 for wayfinding and mileage signs.
Lardner's Point Park
$8,175 for interpretive signage.
$3,750 for a wheelchair accessible ramp.
Five Bridges Trail
$7,000 for five new foot bridges.
$3,180 for bridge railings and signage.
Path of the Flood Trail (Ehrenfeld)
$10,000 new surface, drainage & fencing.
Path of the Flood Trail (Woodvale)
$5,000 trailhead & 1 mile new trail surface.
$5,050 for bridge redecking.
Queen City Trail
$1,250 for signage pilot program.
$1,500 for Point Marion mural.
Schuylkill River Trail: Thun Trail
$3,495 for mile markers.
Trans Allegheny Trails
$1,575 for trailhead signs.
2012 Grant Awards
Yough River Trail - $4,693
The Yough River Trail Council (YRTC) resurfaced approximately two miles of the limestone tread between mile-markers 85.5 and 87.5 of the Great Allegheny Passage, with match money provided by the YRTC.
Steel Valley Trail - $2,930
The Steel Valley Trail Council installed 110 new rebounding traffic delineators along a bike lane section of the Great Allegheny Passage in Munhall, to protect users from vehicular traffic.
Sheepskin Trail - $759
The Dunbar Historical Society, in partnership with the Fayette County Career and Technical Institute, built two sheltered picnic tables and installed them at the Dunbar trailhead of the Sheepskin Trail. In-kind labor was used to provide the required match.
Indian Creek Hike & Bike Trail - $3,000
A new deck and railing was built for the Section 7 Bridge of the Indian Creek Valley Hike and Bike Trail with volunteer labor and cash match provided by the Mountain Watershed Association.
Indian Creek Hike & Bike Trail - $2,625
An engineering firm was hired to provide a required evaluation of the structural capacity for the existing abutments and piers of the Dumbauld bridge in Springfield Township. A cash match was provided by the Redevelopment Authority of the County of Fayette.
Three Rivers Heritage Trail - $6,000 and $8,000
Two separate mini-grants were awarded to Friends of the Riverfront for the design and installation of six new map signs and two interpretive panels along the trail. Match funds were provided by Richard King Mellon Foundation and Colcom Foundation.
2011 Grant Awards
West Penn Trail
The Conemaugh Valley Conservancy replaced an eroded culvert and upgraded the trail surface along the Kiski section of the West Penn Trail.
An asphalt surface was applied along two areas of the trail, one at a newly constructed box culvert which permits users to cross under a 4-lane highway. Funds were also used to build and install an information kiosk along the trail near Homer City.
Roaring Run Trail
The Roaring Run Watershed Association used a small amount of funding from RTC to meet the total amount required for constructing a 0.7-mile section of trail connecting this trail to retail and residential areas in downtown Apollo.
C & I Trail
The Cambria County Conservation and Recreation Authority (CCCRA) used mini-grant funding to deck and rail two bridges used during the Greenway Sojourn.
Path of the Flood Trail
CCCRA used mini-grant funding to treat large areas of invasive knotweed in order to create an open connection and access for the Greenway Sojourn. The land is owned and managed by the CCCRA who will continue to make improvements for trail use.
2010 Grant Awards
Wayfinding signs, $6,000
Back Mountain Trail
Bridge rebuild, $5,000
Schuylkill River Trail
Cell Phone Tour, $5,000
2008 Grant Awards
Lebanon Valley Rail-Trail
Trail head improvements, $5,000
Ghost Town Trail
Stone dust for new segment, $6,843
West Penn Trail
Signage and benches, $5,000
Schuykill River Trail
Drainage swale, $4,410
Trail map, $2,810
2007 Grant Awards
Steel Valley Trail
Fencing and signs, $3,750
Corry Junction Trail
Heritage Rail-Trail County Park