REVISED GUIDELINES & APPLICATION FORM! Please note that there have been some updates/changes made to this program for 2017. The Trail Grant Committee is pleased to provide you with the new requirements in the link below.
ALSO, a reminder to 2016 Trail Grant recipients....please send your completion reports in by December 1, 2016. Thank you!
Trail Grant Overview
These grants are meant for public equestrian trails or shared use trails which include equestrian riding/driving.
The grants are awarded in two distinct categories, new trail development and trail improvements, enhancements, or repairs.
The money cannot be used for routine trail maintenance, administrative or operating expenses, trails on private property, non-equestrian trails, food for work days, thank you gifts or awards, or liability insurance for volunteers.
See the Program Guidelines for specific information. Applications must be postmarked by February 1st.
Completion or Interim Reports must include the Volunteer Log Sheet and are due by December 1st. Contact the Program Coordinator for more information or with questions or contact the WHC office.
Check out all of the funds that the WHC Trail Grant Committee has given out over the years!
Please click on the link below to view who has received Trails Grants from 1998 to 2016.
WHC Trail Grant Recipients from 1998 to 2016
Please click on the link below to view who received Trails Grants in 2016.
WHC Trail Grant Recipients for 2016
WHC- Trails Committee awards 2015 Trail Grants - by
WHC Trail Grant Recipients for 2015
In 1998 Wisconsin Horse Council Trails committee started a trail grant program that has since grown to more than anyone expected. Since that first year when a total of $3500 was given out for 6 grants in 4 parks including Underdown , Oconto County Forest, Ahnapee Trail and Yellowstone. The program has been beneficial to countless parks around the state.
During the 17 years Wisconsin Horse Council –Trails Committee has awarded $260, 521 for improvement on our trails. Each grant recipient must match the grant with at least 50% in kind amount. Just doing the math that is $334,121. But wait it gets better! Many of the projects that have been undertaken far exceed the 50% match, making that total closer to a half a million dollar in improvements to the public equine trails in Wisconsin!
In working at Midwest Horse Fair, we promote joining the horse council, and the most frequently asked question is - What does Wisconsin Horse Council do for me? This $500,000 is only a small part of the contributions of WHC to the equine indus-try, but the results quietly affect many in a positive experience on the trails.
It was a tough year for grants this year, the Trails Committee had the difficult job of cutting $32,650 in requests down to awarding the $17,000 we had available. Watch for things to be changing in Gibbs Lake, Horseshoe Falls, Underdown, Narrow Gauge, Duck Egg, Southern Kettle Moraine, Halls Creek/Bush Lake. Please be sure to contact the friends group of your local park, and see if there is anything you can do to help out! With all of the potential budget cuts, we all are going to have to step up and make sure that our trails stay in good shape for our use!
Please click on the link below to view who received Trails Grants in 2014.