That would significantly reduce the Friends’ 25 percent matching grant commitment, meaning they would have to come up with $168,750 instead of $227,500.
But Topham said changing the project’s scope would require a $30,000 engineering study — something his organization of volunteers did not anticipate. Additional money would be needed for the engineering, he said.
The Friends’ immediate goal is to raise the $76,000 needed to receive the federal money, Topham said. He’s confident that goal will be attained and said there are no plans to halt the project.
To help generate support, there will be a public informational meeting at Town Hall on Monday at 7 p.m. No taxpayer money is being used for the project.
“We will bring people up to speed on what’s going on and the need for funding,” he said.
The Friends will update selectmen at the board’s meeting June 24, Topham said.
The trail also passes through Windham, Derry and Londonderry.