Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grants are federally funded on an annual basis through the United States Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and are administered at the State level in Vermont through the Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation (FPR). FPR makes RTP funds available to Vermont communities for the development and maintenance of public recreational trails, for both motorized and non-motorized recreation.
All projects are required to help achieve goals, objectives, and priorities found in the Action Plan of Vermont's Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP).
Eligible projects include:
Recreational trails are defined in the RTP regulations as a thoroughfare or track across land or snow used for recreational purposes. Funds can be awarded for a wide range of activities and opportunities such as hiking, mountain biking, running, paddling (with portage trails), cross-country and back-country skiing, skating and skateboarding trails, nature-based interpretive use, multi-use trails, equestrian, snowmobiling, all-terrain vehicular or other off-road recreational uses (such as dirt-biking). Multiple recreational trail uses are encouraged.
All eligible project types below must be performed in accordance with the recommended standards for outdoor recreation assets. See FPR’s Recommended Trail Standards. In addition, trails should be designed to Accessible Design Standards, unless they meet one or more of the exceptions. For more information, see: https://fpr.vermont.gov/sites/fpr/files/documents/2024_RTP_PreApplication_Guidance_Document.pdf#page=16
Estimated Total Program Funding: