The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is now accepting proposals for Connecticut’s Recreational Trails Program. It provides funding for projects that add to or enhance the state’s 2,000 miles of multi-use trails and bike paths that connect cities to the outdoors, provide opportunities for green commuting. Grant funds can be used for planning and design of new trails, maintenance or restoration of existing trails or land acquisition. Money could also be put toward educational programs to promote safety and environmental protection related to recreational trails. Recent grant recipients include the Town of Redding, which received $300,000 for construction of their first section of the Norwalk River Valley Trail. The design for the trail is complete and was paid for via private community donations. Applications for the current grant round will be accepted through November 1st.