Hello Trail Members and Friends,
NLGRT has received notice from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources that our grant application for Phase I drainage and finish work has been given conditional approval! Our grant award will be in the amount of $323,049, which is 75% of the total project cost of $430,732. We still have to wait for the Ohio State Controlling Board to give their approval at their upcoming meeting.
Once finalized, we can solicit bids from contractors and perform work related to Phase I.
This is great news for our trail! Now is the time for us to reach out to anyone you might know who is willing to contribute to Phase I match funding. NLGRT is responsible for raising the 25% match for this grant. We are looking to raise $110,000 which is a bit more than our requirement, but as a non-profit organization, there will always be a need for fundraising.
Future development plans include seeking grants for Phase II, which will complete the trail up to TL 187 from the east and Rt 250 from the west, and Phase III, which will take the trail over the Vermilion River bridge and under Rt 250, completing the trail.
Thank you for your ongoing support!
Tom Dupee – President