Recreation Economy for Rural Communities


This new planning assistance program from EPA is designed to help communities revitalize their Main Streets by attracting visitors for outdoor recreation.

Eligible activities include:

  • plans to connect local residents to nearby outdoor assets
  • development or expansion of trail networks
  • development and marketing of local amenities, such as Main Street shops and restaurants, to attract visitors

Local governments, Indian tribes, nonprofits

Role In Creative Placemaking

This is one of the few federal funding programs that distinctly supports placemaking. There could be ample opportunity to integrate arts and local culture as part of the Main Street plans.


No published information

Role in Creative Placemaking

This section represents our attempt to capture how this specific funding opportunity might fit into a placemaking initiative.


Who can apply? Eligibility is often limited, but in partnership with other entities you may identify an access point, such as subgrant opportunities. This information can help you determine which potential partners in your community might be able to access the funds.

Previous Projects/Grantees

These examples show how these funds have been used for creative or placemaking endeavors in the past, the types of organizations that have successfully accessed the funds and/or the types of activities for which the funds can be used.

Max Award

Maximum funding amounts can vary from year to year. We have provided the most recent information available. Where available, we also include a median or a range in cases in which the maximum is not typical of an average award.

Match Requirement

Most federal programs require some form of cost sharing. This is expressed differently for different agencies and programs. Sometimes a direct 1:1 match is specified. Other times, the application will state the maximum percentage of a project cost that the funding award can cover. We include this information, where available, in order to give you a sense of what to expect when applying for a particular funding program.


Most federal funding programs will require financial and progress reports at least annually, along with a final report. We consider this to be a "moderate" compliance burden. Where a higher degree of data collection and reporting is indicated, we convey that information with a "substantial" rating.