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Metro East Park and Recreation DistrictGrant Programs

MEPRD FY21 Park and Trail
Grant Program


Metro East Park and Recreation District committed $2,000,000.00 to the MEPRD FY21 Park and Trail Grant Program. The program was created in a manner to fulfill two primary objectives, i.e. (1) encourage the development of regional trail segments throughout MEPRD's jurisdiction; and (2) increase MEPRD's grant funding for park projects located in currently underserved locations.




Application Instructions: (1) Click the button above to open the application; (2) Download the PDF to your computer; (3) Close all internet browser windows; (4) Open the saved PDF from your computer; and (5) Fill in and save the contents of the applicatino as you work on it. Test this process out before spending time filling in all of the fields! Note that you will need a PDF reader/editing software isntalled on your computer, such as Adobe Acrobat.

Grant Rounds and Application Eligibility: The FY21 Program will operate via two consecutive grant rounds, respectively titled: "Grant Round #1" and "Grant Round #2." MEPRD will begin accepting applications no sooner than 8/12/2020, at 7:30 a.m. for Grant Round #1. If any funding remains unpledged at the conclusion of Grant Round #1, said funds will be allocated to Grant Round #2. MEPRD will begin accepting applications no sooner than 10/14/2020, at 7:30 a.m. for Grant Round #2 (unless 100% of FY21 Program Funds are depleted prior to the conclusion of Grant Round #1). Awards will be made on a first-come first-served basis as described within the grant application.

What projects are eligible for Round #1?
Answer: regional trail segments located anywhere within MEPRD's jurisdiction submitted by any eligible applicant OR eligible park projects located in currently underserved locations submitted by any eligible applicant. See page 5 of the grant application for a complete list of currently underserved park project locations.

How does MEPRD define the boundaries of a "park project location?"
Answer: MEPRD "park project locations" are based on municipal boundaries. We suggest using St. Clair/Madison County's GIS Viewer to lookup the "park project location," or municipality, your proposed project site is located. If the parcel represented by the project site is color-coded, it is within the boundaries of a corresponding municipality (i.e. park project location). If the parcel represented by the project site is not color-coded, the park project location will be considered "unincorporated St. Clair/Madison County."
Click here to open the Madison County GIS Viewer
Click here to open the St. Clair County GIS Viewer

If funding remains after Grant Round #1, what projects are eligible for Round #2?
Answer: regional trail segments located anywhere within MEPRD's jurisdiction submitted by any eligible applicant OR any eligible park project located anywhere within MEPRD's jurisdiction, regardless of prior funding levels.

MEPRD Park and Trail Funding Per Capita by Project Location: This spreadsheet allows you to quickly look up MEPRD Park Funding Per Capita for any project location in Madison and St. Clair Counties (table on left). Two additional tables are included on this sheet, i.e. MEPRD Trail Funding Per Capita by Project Location (center) and MEPRD Total Funding Per Capita by Project Location (right), which provide a more holistic illustration of MEPRD Funding by project location. Click here to download:  

MEPRD Funding Scenarios Calculator: This calculator allows you to enter generic scenarios to see the impact to MEPRD's grant award and the required local match. Microsoft Excel is needed to use this tool, and it is best viewed on a P.C. Click here to download:  

For more resources to assist you with completing your application, see the section titled: "Tools & Resources," on the left-hand side of this page.

Finished with a Park/Trail Project funded in-part by MEPRD? Use the links provided below to download the appropriate MEPRD Grant Reimbursement Request Form:

FY18-FY21 MEPRD Grant Reimbursement Request Form  
FY12-FY17 MEPRD Grant Reimbursement Request Form  
MEPRD Force Account Labor Worksheet (optional)  


FY21 Park & Trail Grant Program Funding



Total FY21 Grant Program Allocation: $2,000,000.00

  Total Allocation for Grant Round #1: $2,000,000.00

  • (0) Pending Requests from Grant Round #1 = $0.00
  • (13) Awards have been made from Grant Round #1 = $1,998,012.43
  • Funds Remaining for Grant Round #1 = $1,987.57

  Total Allocation for Grant Round #2: N/A

** Figures current as of: 09/08/2020 **
DISCLAIMER: Pending and Remaining Funds are subject to change at any time and may increase or decrease as grant requests are reviewed and processed. Check back frequently for the latest updates.