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Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Grant

Grants to Oregon Nonprofits, Agencies, and Tribal Governments
to Enhance Public Recreational Areas and Facilities

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Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD)

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06/15/21 11:59 PM


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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 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.

In general, RTP funds may be used for the following types of projects: 

  • New trail construction
  • Heavy trail restoration
  • Trailhead 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.

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For a detailed description of eligible project elements, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 142984

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Estimated Size of Grant:

- Minimum Grant Amount: $10,000
- Maximum Grant Amount: No maximum for motorized projects
Recommended $150,000 maximum for non-motorized projects

Term of Contract:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are available to:
- Federal agencies
- State agencies
- Municipal agencies
- Non-profits (registered for at least 3 years in Oregon)
- Tribal Governments
- Other government entities

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.

For ineligible projects, see

Pre-proposal Conference:

April 15, 2021: Online grant cycle webinar, 9:30-11:30 AM. The webinar will cover the grant cycle process, RTP policies, application requirements, scoring criteria, and more.

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Pre-Application Information:

- January 26, 2021: RTP Advisory Committee business meeting, 1:00-4:00 PM.
- April 1, 2021: Grant cycle opens
- April 15, 2021: Online grant cycle webinar, 9:30-11:30 AM.
- April 30, 2021: Letter of Intent due
- June 15, 2021: Grant applications due
- October 26-28, 2021: The RTP Advisory Committee meets to evaluate grant applications for RTP funding.
- November 2021: The 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 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.

2021 RTP Grant Cycle Webinar Recording:

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

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