Cedar Valley Trails Partnership

Grant Funds &
Projects

projects
Expansion & Improvement

Partnership Grants

Download the 2022 Grant Application

The Cedar Valley Trails Partnership awards grants to projects committed to Partnership goals of expansion and improvement of the Cedar Valley trail system. Grants are awarded annually based on available funds.

In 1999, with funds generated from the festival and memberships, the CVTP made its first grants for trail improvements. A second round of grants was made in 2003, and the grant program became an annual affair.

To date, tens of thousands of dollars have made possible many important maintenance, construction, and trail enhancements.

Eligible Projects

Cedar Valley Trails grant money may be used as matching funds or primary funds for trail projects in Black Hawk and contiguous counties.

Mini Grant
$ 500
Applied for throughout the year
Expand or improve the trail system
Maintain the trails
Promote safety, beauty and utility
Promote recreation and tourism
Educate trail users
No deadline
Annual Grant
$ 2,500
Awarded Annually
Expand or improve the trail system
Maintain the trails
Promote safety, beauty and utility
Promote recreation and tourism
Educate trail users
By March 1, 2022
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Prairie Pathways Interpretive Project

The project plan is to perform research related to the historic Black Hawk County Courthouse original site, prepare narrative, photos, and layout for production and installation of a Prairie Pathways Interpretive Panel adjacent to the Cedar Valley Lakes Trail near the Cedar River in Downtown Waterloo

Completion Date: 2020
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UNI GEO Tree Center

This project was completed by the GeoInformatics Training Research Education and Extension (GeoTREE) Center, within the Geography Department at UNI, to capture and publish 360° imagery along portions of the local trail system.

Completion Date: 2020
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Cedar Valley Pedal Fest

Offer a variety of no-cost weekend rides in September 2020 to show bicycle riders how accessible Cedar Valley trails and the bike-friendly streets are for getting from one common destination to another

Completion Date: 2020
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Friends of the Gilbertville Depot

A grant was approved to preserve and maintain the Gilbertville Depot structure and history, and promote activities that enhance cultural, recreational, and healthy lifestyle experiences for depot and Cedar Valley Nature Trail users and supporters.

Completion Date: 2020
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Igawanis Woodland

Fund the purchase of two self-propelled walk behind string trimmers.

Completion Date: 2020
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Waverly Rail Trail Bridge Stain Project

The Waverly Rail Trail Bridge is a major focal point for the City. The bridge is subjected to the elements of the seasons and is beginning to show signs of wear. City staff is requesting funding to purchase stain to refinish the bridge and railing.

Completion Date: 2020
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FixIt Bike Repair Station

A bicycle repair station was installed in the El Dorado Heights Park. This bicycle repair station will help promote trail system use, encourage neighbors to use the park’s open space, playground equipment and shelter.

Completion Date: 2020
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Gateways to Great Ways

The sculptures will serve as unique gateway symbols for promoting the trails system and the larger community to residents and out-of-town visitors.

Completion Date: 2020
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Walnut Street Bicycle Route

Trail Signage between Logan Avenue Trail, University Avenue Trail and Sergeant Road Trail

Completion Date: 2021
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Wolf Creek Trail Signage Project

Informational and wayfinding signage will promote amenities available in the downtown district as well as clearly mark the Wolf Creek Trail access.

Completion Date: 2021
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Rolling Prairie Trail Signage

These kiosks are currently established at the trail-heads in Allison, Heery Woods State Park (Clarksville) and Shell Rock.

Completion Date: 2021
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Cedar Valley Lakes Trail Repair

Lakes Trail from Krieg’s Crossing to George Wyth Lodge that has been washed out from recent flooding. Replacing this section of trail with concrete and going to 10’ wide will make this section match up with the rest of the trail system it connects to.

Completion Date: 2022

Grant Policies

Any project funded partially or in whole by the Cedar Valley Trails Partnership must bear the words “Provided by the Cedar Valley Trails Partnership,” or words to that effect. The Partnership shall have final approval of all media releases concerning the grant and of the recognition of the grant as a funding source for the project.

Cedar Valley Trails Partnership grants will be awarded periodically as funding allows. The Partnership gives higher priority to projects which provide long-term benefits to the Cedar Valley recreational trail system and its users.

All requests for funds are voted upon by the Board of the Cedar Valley Trails Partnership. Funds are awarded through a majority vote of the voting-eligible members. Board Members who are employed by or otherwise involved with the applicants shall abstain from the vote, though they may participate in the discussion of the applications. The Partnership will send written notice to all applicants informing them of the Board’s decision.

Applications shall be judged on the basis of the following criteria, though the project’s score may not be the only factor considered in the decision:

  • Degree to which the project impacts all trail users
  • Degree to which the project impacts the safety of trail users
  • Degree to which the project enhances the trail environment
  • Degree to which the project uses grant funds to leverage greater public or private investment in the form of services and materials as well as dollars
  • Degree to which the project promotes and recognizes the Partnership
  • Degree to which the project involves other community groups
  • Grantee’s future commitment to the project
  • Degree to which the project promotes increased trail usage and local tourism
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You may also simply send a letter outlining your request to the Cedar Valley Trails Partnership, PO Box 205, Cedar Falls, Iowa, 50613.

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