The Mountain Goat Trail Alliance has received a Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant of $200,000 from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.
The grant funding will be used to further the mission of the Alliance: creating a multipurpose, multimodal trail along the railbed of the historic Mountain Goat Railroad. The grant will allow approximately two miles of trail to be built in Grundy County.
“We are very pleased and gratified that TDEC has seen fit to recognize the worth of our mission in this way,” said Janice Thomas, board president of the Alliance. “This grant funding is a crucial piece of our efforts to provide the Cumberland Plateau with the economic and health benefits of a biking and walking trail while joining the communities along the former route of the Mountain Goat Railroad.”
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announced the grant on Friday, August 16th as part of over $1.6 million in RTP grants across the state. “These grants assist local governments and organizations in improving community amenities such as trails, greenways and recreational facilities, making the outdoors more accessible to Tennesseans,” Haslam said. “The health and wellness of our residents is a top priority and these amenities provide another step to make our state healthier.”
Funding for RTP grants is provided by the Federal Highway Administration through the federal Safe, Accountable, Flexible and Efficient Transportation Equity Act. The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation administers this grant program for the state. The maximum federal share for each project is 80 percent, with RTP grant recipients providing a 20 percent match.
Grant recipients were selected through a scoring process with careful consideration given to the projects that met the selection criteria and expressed the greatest local recreation need.