Q. How are trail projects funded?
There is not a lone pot of money that can be used for trail projects in our community. Trail projects can be funded by a number of sources, but not every funding source can always be used for every project. Funding often depends on whether the project is being constructed by the city of Fort Wayne, New Haven, or Allen County (and sometimes two of these together).
Adding to this complication is the fact that certain funding sources are only available at certain times. Federal grants, for instance, are typically only made available every 2 to 3 years.
Potential funding sources include Community Develepment Block Grants, Transportation Enhancement Funding (Federal), Funding from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, local City funds such as property taxes, CEDIT, TIF and Legacy (which can be further broken down into Public Works, City Utilities, Community Development, and more), and private donors, among others. Beginning in 2016 there may also be some funding available from the Regional Cities Initiative. For many of these federal and state funding sources, our community must come up with matching funds.
Most of the current and future projects call for a combination of private and public funds including Federal and State grants, local foundations, corporate funding, in-kind donations and grassroots/individual contributions. If you’d like to help, you can make a donation to support current and future trail projects.