More than three dozen Indiana communities and non-profit organizations have recently been awarded a combined $65 million for 77 miles of new trail expansion as a part of the state’s third round of the Next Level Trails program.
The grants awarded in this round consist of 17 regional projects and 21 local projects. Along with matching funds from applicants, the grants are expected to generate an investment of more than $102 million.
“Trails connect communities together in such a personal way and are perfect pathways to good mental and physical well-being,” Gov. Eric Holcomb said. “These continued quality-of-life investments will reap generational economic and tourism development dividends and further showcase Indiana’s incredible outdoor experiences.”
Awardees are as follows: DeKalb County Community Foundation; Town of Whitestown; Heritage Trail Conservancy; Porter County Board of Commissioners; Town of Sheridan: City of Greencastle; Nickle Plate Trail Inc.; City of Fishers; City of Indianapolis; City of Noblesville; City of Jeffersonville; Friends of the Panhandle Pathway; City of Fort Wayne: City of Lafayette; City of New Albany; Vermillion County; Healthy Communities of Henry County Inc.; City of Jasper; City of Aurora; Columbia City; Town of Bryant; Lake County Parks and Recreation Department; Town of Merrillville; Town of Otterbein; City of Marion; City of Huntington; Indiana Wildlife Federation; Town of Ellettsville; City of Bluffton; City of Lawrence; LaPorte County; Owen County Community Foundation; Town of Pittsboro; Warrick Trails, Inc; Town of Middlebury Parks and Recreation; City of Columbus; Town of Rome City; and City of Shelbyville.
This program requires a minimum 20% project match, which can include monetary contributions, land value and in-kind donations of materials and labor.
Progress on all Next Level Trails projects can be found here.