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Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Grant

Grants to Oregon Agencies and Nonprofits for the Acquisition,
Development, and Restoration of Public Recreational Trails

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Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD)

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06/15/19 11:59 PM


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Grants starting at $10,000 to Oregon nonprofit organizations and municipal, state, and federal government agencies to enhance recreational trails throughout the State. A Letter of Intent is required prior to submission of the full proposal. Funding is intended to support the creation, expansion, and improvement of both pedestrian and motorized trails that are accessible to the public and designed for recreational purposes.

The intent for RTP grant funding is to enhance trail opportunities by achieving results that would not otherwise be possible. RTP grants are for projects that are primarily recreational in nature, rather than serving a more utilitarian transportation function. RTP grants typically fund on-the-ground projects, while limited funds are available for educational or trail assessment components (policies 2.3-2.3C). A RTP project must be a distinct project with a distinct purpose. All projects are subject to approval by the land manager and are subject to all applicable local, state, and federal laws and regulations. Permissible uses include:

- New trail construction
- Heavy trail restoration
- Trail head facilities
- Purchase or lease of trail construction and maintenance equipment
- Land or easement acquisition for trail purposes
- Safety and education programs or materials
- Assessment of trail conditions for accessibility or maintenance
- Water trails

Project uses include pedestrian (hiking, running, and wheelchair access), biking, mountain biking, water trail use, equestrian use, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, off-road motorcycling, all-terrain vehicle riding, four-wheel driving, or using other off-road motorized vehicles. Project selection is mostly informed by the needs identified in Oregon’s 2016-2025 Statewide Recreation Trails Plan (see

For a detailed description of eligible projects, see

For more information on non-motorized and motorized grant categories, see

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GrantWatch ID#: 142984

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Minimum grant: $10,000. There is no maximum.

Total Estimated Funding - RTP Legislation requires that States use:

- 30 percent of funds in a fiscal year for uses relating to motorized recreation;
- 30 percent for uses relating to non-motorized recreation;
- 40 percent for diverse recreational trail use.

Term of Contract:

Grant Term: Approximately two years, as specified in a grant agreement.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Projects Sponsors for RTP include:

- Municipal Agencies
- State Agencies
- Federal Government Agencies
- Tribal Governments
- Other Government Entities
- Non-profit organizations – must meet the following criteria:

1. Registered with State of Oregon as a non-profit for a minimum of 3 years (Must have a Federal Tax ID number)
2. Will name a successor at the time of any change in organizational status (for example: dissolution)
3. Does not discriminate on the basis of age, disability, gender, income, race, or religion
4. Non-profit organizations must maintain their non-profit status throughout the duration of a project. Should the original organization’s status change, a successor organization must agree, in writing, to complete all RTP project responsibilities required by the contract. OPRD recommends a government agency be successor.

For ineligible projects, see

Pre-Application Information:

2019 RTP Grant Schedule (Dates may be subject to change):

- March 29, 2019: RTP workshop in Salem, 10:00 AM- Noon. Canceled due to low attendance.
- ​April 1, 2019: ​2019 Grant Cycle Opens.
- ​April 11, 2019: ​Online RTP workshop webinar.
- ​April 30, 2019: Letter of Intent due.
- June 15, 2019: ​Grant applications due.
- October 22-24, 2019: RTP Grant Committee meets in Salem to evaluate and rank applications.
- November 2019: OPRD Commission hears the RTP Committee's recommendations at the Commission meeting.

Project Sponsors must submit their online applications by 11:59 PM of the due date.

The RTP grant program utilizes an online grants application process. Interested applicants will be able to submit a letter of intent through the online grant system after the cycle opens. Once the letter of intent is submitted and approved by the RTP Grant Coordinator, the online application form will become available to individual applicants.

Match requirements: RTP grant funds can pay up to 80% of a project’s total cost. Project Sponsors must provide at least 20% of the total project cost as match. For non-motorized projects requesting $250,000 or more, the match requirement is 40%.

Program Overview:

Schedule of Events:

To watch the Oregon Trails Funding Webinar:

To view the 2018 Presentation Slides:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit the Letter of Intent at:

For questions, please contact:​

​Jodi Bellefeuille, RTP Grant Coordinator
725 Summer St. NE Suite C
Salem, Or 97301

Additional representatives are as follows:

Western Oregon Representative:
​Mike Law
725 Summer St. NE Suite C
Salem, Or 97301

Eastern ​Oregon Representative:
​Ian Caldwell
10260 Crooked River Dr,
Terrebonne, Or 97760

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USA: Oregon