Receiving free money always puts a smile on my face. It doesn't matter if it's my grandma putting 20 bucks in my birthday card as a kid or work giving me a Christmas bonus or my apartment's property management company giving me a gift certificate. Free money is not mid, it's the best.

It's even better when the money is going towards improving Montana's trails and trail-related projects across the state.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks announced it received a federal grant from the Recreational Trails Program bringing their yearly total over 1.5 million dollars.

"Various organizations, communities and land managing agencies throughout Montana got the good news they will receive a federal Recreation Trails Program grant for their projects in 2024," per a press release from FWP's website. "Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks announced that 36 applicants will receive funding for their projects in 2024."

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There will be 36 programs receiving funding this year. All the projects include some form of outdoor maintenance or development.

Missoula-based programs are receiving some of the bigger chunks of the funding. Missoula's City of Parks and Recreation Department will receive 100 thousand dollars going towards the Rattlesnake Greenway Recreational Plan. MTB Missoula, a non-profit group promoting development, advocacy and sustainability for mountain biking, also receives 100 grand to invest in the Marshall Mountain Early Phase Adaptive Trail Construction project.

Some other notable groups include:

  • Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation (35 thousand dollars going to the Volunteer Stewardship Projects in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex)
  • Bridger Ski Foundation
  • Missoula Nordic Ski Club
  • Missoula Snowgoers Snowmobile Association
  • Seeley Lake Nordic Ski Club

A full list of recipients can be found here.

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