Recreational Trails Program
Recreational Trails Program
Application Deadline for All Grants:
5PM Friday, September 29, 2017 Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
Refer to application checklist (appendix) for what is needed in a complete application.
For more information
Anyone considering applying is encouraged to attend one of these five RTP workshops.
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What is the Recreational Trails Program?
The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is an assistance program of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The RTP provides funds to the States to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for motorized and nonmotorized recreational trail uses.
The Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act reauthorized the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) for Federal fiscal years 2016 through 2020 as a set-aside of funds from the Transportation Alternatives (TA) Set-Aside under Surface Transportation Block Grant Program (STBG).
The State of Maine has agreed to take part in the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) under the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the federal agency that administers the program at the national level.
The Bureau of Parks and Lands has been designated the state agency to administer the program in Maine. Within the Bureau, the Grants and Community Recreation Program provides day-to-day supervision of RTP matters.
Recreational Trails Program Financial Policies
Eligible projects may include:
Who Is Eligible for RTP Grants?
The state has determined it will provide funds received under this program as grants-in-aid to municipalities, other qualified sub-divisions of state government and to qualified non-profit organizations under guidelines established by the Bureau of Parks and Lands in conjunction with the Maine Trails Advisory Committee.
How Are Grants Awarded?
Potential applicants may contact the Grants and Community Recreation Program, Bureau of Parks and Lands, to receive an informational packet and application.
Applications must be received by the announced deadline and contain all required material to be eligible for possible funding.
Applications will be evaluated by Bureau staff and the Trails Advisory Committee to determine their degrees of compliance with the established state goals for the program. All applicants will be notified in writing of project approval or disapproval.
Local Funding Share
Recreational Trails Program grants are made on a matching basis. The federal share of the project costs shall not be more than 80% (maximum grant amounts may be set by the state). The local share may consist of cash or state-approved donations of labor and/or materials.
Public Use and Access
Applications for RTP funding must stipulate full support of the program and must ensure public access to the recreation improvements funded by the grant.
Maine Goals for the Recreational Trails Program