DeWine announces funding for Outdoor Storybook Trails – La Tribune

COLUMBUS — Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, First Lady Fran DeWine and Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director Mary Mertz announced Friday that Ohio is offering $50,000 in grants for storybook trails new or improved statewide.

“Storybook Trails offers families a unique and active way to get outside, learn about nature, and enjoy a good book along the way,” DeWine said. “I encourage community leaders to take advantage of this incredible opportunity to provide a new family-friendly outdoor option for their residents.”

Funding for Storybook Trails will be provided through the Recreational Trails Program. Cities, towns, counties, townships, special districts, state and federal agencies, and nonprofit organizations can apply for individual grants of $5,000 to $10,000.

Applicants must own the property and use the funding for storybook trail construction or maintenance, storybook trailhead construction or maintenance, or interpretive signage for a storybook trail. storybook.

“We want to share the impact our Storybook Trails have had in our state parks with communities across Ohio,” Mertz said. “These literature-lined trails offer kids and their parents a really fun way to get some fresh air and movement, while learning about the importance of protecting our natural resources.”

This is the second round of Storybook Trail funding offered by the ODNR. DeWine announced the first round of grants in February.

The Recreational Trails Program is a reimbursement grant program that provides up to 80% project funding. The grant program is funded by the federal government and is administered by the ODNR in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration. Applications for Storytelling Trails through the Recreational Trails Program must be postmarked no later than July 15. More information about the application and approval process can be found on the ODNR website.

The ODNR launched its Storybook Trail program in 2019 to promote the importance of literacy, healthy living, and connecting with nature. There are 16 ODNR Storybook Trails in state parks across the state, with five more Storybook Trails slated to open this year.

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