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Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Grant

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD)

Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #142984

Grant Description

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Grants to Oregon nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and tribal governments to enhance public recreational areas and facilities. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a 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 Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is a federally funded grant program administrated by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Since 1993, Oregon has funded over 500 projects with RTP funds to develop, improve, or expand motorized and non-motorized trails and their facilities.

RTP grant funds are intended to provide, expand, and improve public recreational trails for both motorized and non-motorized trail users. 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.

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).

Eligible projects include:

  • Construction of new trails
  • Major rehabilitation of existing trails
  • Development or improvement of trailhead or other support facilities
  • Acquisition of land or easements for the purpose of trail development
  • Safety and education projects

Eligible trail types include motorized (OHV, snowmobile), non-motorized (hiker, biker, equestrian), and water trails.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include local, state, federal, Tribal, and other governments. Non-profits registered with the Oregon Secretary of State for at least three years prior to application may also be eligible to apply.

Non-profit organizations must meet the following criteria:
- Registered with State of Oregon as a non-profit for a minimum of 3 years (Must have a Federal Tax ID number)
- Will name a successor at the time of any change in organizational status (for example: dissolution)
- Does not discriminate on the basis of age, disability, gender, income, race, or religion
- 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.

Pre-proposal Conference:

September 8, 2022: Online RTP Grant cycle webinar, 9:00-11:00 AM.

Register in advance:

A recording of the 2022 webinar and copy of the slides will be posted on the URL for Full Text shortly afterwards.

Pre-Application Information:

- September 1, 2022: Grant cycle opens
- September 30, 2022: Letter of Intent due
- November 15, 2022: Grant applications due
- March 2023: The RTP Advisory Committee meets to evaluate grant applications.
- April 2023: The OPRD Commission hears the RTP Committee's funding recommendations at the Commission meeting.

Project Sponsors must submit their online applications by 11:59 PM of the due date as posted on the RTP schedule. Late applications may not be accepted.

Matching 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.

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum grant request amount is $10,000. There is a recommended grant request maximum of $150,000 for non-motorized proposals and no maximum for motorized proposals.

Term of Contract:

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

Contact Information:

Submit the Letter of Intent at:

For questions, please contact:​

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

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