Iron Belle Trail second-round grants now available

LANSING, MI – The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced that a second round of grant funding is available for communities and organizations working on sections of trail that will be part of Michigan’s two Iron Belle Trail routes. Proposals are due January 8th, 2016.Iron Belle Trail

Eligible items for round-two funding include:

  • Engineering and design assistance.
  • Construction project assistance.
  • Purchase of Iron Belle signs (additional signing guidance soon will be posted on the website).

Funding details for round two:

  • $350,000 total available.
  • Maximum grant award is $30,000.
  • Match is not required but highly recommended.

“The Iron Belle Trail, Michigan’s premier trail, highlights the state’s dynamic natural resources and first-class trail systems,” said Paul Yauk, DNR state trails coordinator. “The trail’s ongoing development is a perfect example of state and local communities partnering together to showcase the great state of Michigan.”

Proposal forms and other important information are available on the DNR website at

Yauk said the Iron Belle Trail grants will continue to assist communities working on sections of the trail.

For more information, contact Mark Mandenberg at [email protected] or 517-248-6114 or Kristen Bennett at [email protected] or 248-623-9759.

Michigan’s Iron Belle Trail – stretching from Belle Isle Park in Detroit to Ironwood in the western Upper Peninsula – features two distinct routes for hiking and bicycling that together will cover 2,000 scenic miles. This trail, portions of which are under development, builds on Michigan’s nationally recognized trails network and reputation as the country’s Trails State. Michigan’s Iron Belle Trail links existing trails and provides greater economic, transportation, social and health benefits for trail users and communities. It is made possible by federal, state and local units of government and many organizations across the state working together. Learn more at

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