Trail Towns Amenity Projects

Delaware & Lehigh - Trail Towns Amenity Projects

Trail users want more than trails!  Having different amenities along the D&L Trail, in town, or at trailheads goes a long way to create a trail friendly atmosphere and increase the popularity of the trail.

D&L Trail Town Amenity Projects

The D&L is offering small incentive project funding for amenities that benefit trail users.  For trail users to fully enjoy and use trails there are other related infrastructure that are critically important.  While not every landowner, section, or trailhead can have everything, making the efforts to provide the trail related amenities that people want greatly enhances your trail friendly atmosphere and encourages more people to visit trails.  Make sure to focus on amenities that follow universal design principles and are accessible for all users. Below is a list of the most popular trail amenities:

General Requirements

  • Amenity must be installed along the D&L Trail or at a nearby D&L trailhead.
  • Project timelines should be completed including closeout report by December 1.. Individual project closeout dates will be set by project specifics and reflect D&L funding deadlines.
  • Can be used to purchase a new amenity or repair an existing amenity.
  • Amenity must follow universal design criteria and be ADA compliant.
  • Funding request can be used on cash costs that can include materials, labor, salaries, rentals, contracts, or other cash costs that can be documented.  No in-kind services or volunteer hours can count towards match.
  • Maximum funding reimbursement amount varies based on source of matching funds:
    • If you have a match source of DCNR or federal, maximum request is $2,500 and requires a 50/50 match. For example if you request $1,000 in funding reimbursement the total project cost must be at least $2,000.
    • If you have a third party match (not DCNR or federal), the maximum request is $5,000 and requires a 66.6/33.3 match. For example if you request $1,000 in funding reimbursement the total project cost must be at least $1,515.
  • Funding is available as reimbursement after the project is installed and online closeout completed.
  • You are responsible for installing and maintaining the amenity.
  • You are required to do a media announcement thanking the D&L and funders.
  • Priority is given to landowners that actively participate in the D&L Trail Ownership Council and current D&L Trail Friendly Business members.

If you have any questions about the project grant or want to discuss your ideas for an amenity, contact the Program Coordinator via email or call 610-923-3548.

For the grant application below we recommend:

  1. Call or email the program manager to review your ideas before you apply.
  2. Fill out all answers to the application on a document that you can save in case of a technology problem.  Here is a Word Doc you can use.
  3. Fill out the project planning budget spreadsheet to outline the costs with the proposed project.
  4. Copy and paste everything into the application below. There is a save and continue button at the bottom if you run into trouble.
  5. Your application is submitted if you get the Thank You page and an email confirmation copy.
  6. If you have a problem call the program coordinator for help.

Project Grant Application

Project grant to help communities create a trail friendly atmosphere by installing amenities along the D&L Trail.

  • What trail amenities and how many are you requesting to fund with this grant? Provide a general description of what you plan to do. Make a note if this is for new items or to repair existing items.
  • If you know the item(s) you want to purchase please share a link if possible.
  • Please describe where along the D&L Trail you want to install these trail amenities. Provide GPS lat/long, trailhead name, mile marker, or some other specific description of the location.
  • Do you have landowner permission to install these amenities?
  • Please list the name of the person or organization that will be responsible for installing the amenity.
  • When is the expected install date?
  • Upload a spreadsheet of the expected project total budget.
    Max. file size: 150 MB.
  • How much reimbursement funding are you requesting from this grant? Maximum request of $5000.
    Please enter a number from 1 to 5000.
  • How much is the cash cost of the match?
  • Who will fund the other cash cost of amenity? Record the person or organization's name that is providing the funding.
  • Grant Request Amount + Match Amount
  • Why do you want to do this? How will this help trail users? Please state why we should fund this amenity.
  • Are their already existing amenities like this at this location or nearby? Explain how this amenity fits into the broader area.
  • Any other comments or information