Officials with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, which administers the Clean Ohio Trails Fund, are reviewing grant proposals for trail projects across the state that will help develop and revitalize communities.

Officials with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, which administers the Clean Ohio Trails Fund, are reviewing grant proposals for trail projects across the state that will help develop and revitalize communities.

Grove City was among those applying for funding. City Council members unanimously authorized the application on Jan. 12.

The money, if obtained from the program, would be used in Windsor Park, according to the resolution that council members voted on.

The Clean Ohio Trails Fund is one of four components of the Clean Ohio Fund, which restores, protects and connects Ohio's natural and urban places. Ohioans approved the establishment of the $400-million bond program in 2000 and it was a critical component of the 2008 Ohio Bipartisan Job Stimulus Plan.

An extension of the Clean Ohio Fund was overwhelmingly accepted at the ballot last year.

ODNR received 40 grant applications for the Clean Ohio Trails Fund from local entities statewide. Total projects are expected to cost $24.9-million with grant requests totaling $10.1-million.

Applicants must provide a 25-percent local match for their projects.

ODNR will award $6.25-million in Clean Ohio Trails Fund grants in 2009.

Recipients will be notified this summer.

"The Clean Ohio Trails Fund helps build and maintain infrastructure that allows communities to conveniently connect to nature," ODNR Director Sean Logan said in a statement. "The investments help facilitate travel, enhance educational opportunities and provide safe, scenic areas where Ohioans can hike, bike or run and build healthy lifestyles."

The Clean Ohio Trails Fund improves outdoor recreational opportunities for Ohioans. Special emphasis is given to projects that are consistent with the statewide trail plan; complete regional trail systems and links to the statewide trail plan; link population centers with outdoor recreation area and facilities; involve the purchase of rail lines linked to the statewide trail plan; preserve natural corridors; and provide links in urban areas to support commuter access and provide economic benefit.