Grant Writing and Fundraising for Trail and Outdoor Recreation Projects


New Hampshire Audubon McLane Center
84 Silk Farm Road
Concord, NH 03301
United States

Join UNH Developing Interconnections for Regional Trails (DIRT) collaborators for a full-day workshop on funding opportunities and capacity-building strategies specific to New Hampshire trails and outdoor recreation related projects. This workshop will emphasize information and idea sharing between participants and will include presentations from grantors as well as grant recipients. Representatives (both volunteers and staff) from trail, recreation, and conservation organizations and departments of all sizes and scopes in are welcome to attend, whether you’re seeking $1,000 or $1,000,000. This event is appropriate for grant writing novices as well as full-time professionals.

Presenters and workshop mentors will include:

  • Janel Lawton, Director, NH Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry Development
  • Bill Gegas, Land and Water Conservation Fund Grants Coordinator, NH Bureau of Community Recreation, NH DNCR
  • Steve Fortier, Administrator of Rural Economic Development, NH Department of Business and Economic Affairs
  • Marc Nutter, Conservation Program Director, New Hampshire Audubon
  • Tim Blagden, Founder and Board President, Friends of the Concord-Lake Sunapee Rail Trail
  • Anna Wells, Economic Development Director, Town of Hopkinton
  • Marty Parichand, Founder, Mill City Park (Franklin)
  • …and more!

Space is limited, so we request that each organization limit their registrants to 2 individuals. Additional spaces may be possible based on availability closer to the registration deadline. Event sign-in and a complimentary light breakfast will begin at 8:45 am, and presentations will start at 9 am. An informal, catered networking lunch will be followed by afternoon breakout tables, in which participants can connect with grantors and facilitators for guided work sessions.

*With support from the UNH Collaborative Research Excellence (CoRE) Initiative, we are happy to be able to offer this workshop free of charge to all attendees. Please note that an important aspect of the UNH DIRT project is ongoing research on collaboration and capacity building in trails and outdoor recreation projects (UNH IRB-FY2024-101). We kindly request that workshop participants share their insights and feedback after the workshop in a brief survey. Participants may also be invited to participate in an interview and/or follow-up survey. Participation in this research is voluntary and not a requirement of workshop participation.


For more information about DIRT, please visit

For questions about this event, please email Jada Lindblom.