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Region XII Council of Governments has provided a COVID-19 funding update.

The first is for recreational trails programs through the Iowa Transportation Commission. They have approved a one-time, $5 million allocation to help offset COVID-related reductions in the State Recreational Trails (SRT) program. Funding can be used for property acquisition, construction of new trails, maintenance, resurfacing and restoration of existing trails, development and rehabilitation of trailside and trailhead facilities and trail linkages.

Applicants must be a federal or state agency or local government. Details on the application process are included in the link below.

The impact to Road Use Tax Funds have been significantly less than was originally feared at the onset of the pandemic, but there is still an estimated decrease of $50 million. The Iowa Transportation Commission has approved the COVID-19 Relief Fund allocation for the distribution of funds appropriated in the December 2020 CARES Act.

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