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Recreational Trails Program (RTP)

Grants to Washington Nonprofits and
Agencies to Improve Backcountry Trails

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Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO)

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Grants to Washington nonprofit organizations, government agencies, Native American tribes, and special purpose districts for the maintenance of recreational backcountry trails. Funding is intended for project development, trail maintenance, and education about recreational trail safety and environmental protection.

Eligible Projects:
- Development projects - Development of trailside and trailhead facilities and trail linkages for recreational trails.
- Maintenance projects - Maintenance and restoration of existing trails including trailside, trailhead, or trail maintenance, rehabilitation, or minor relocations.
- Education projects - Recreational, trail-related educational programs to promote safety and environmental protection. Eligible elements must directly convey a safety or environmental message.

Principal uses for trails include:
- 4x4 and light truck driving
- All-terrain vehicle riding
- Cycling
- Hiking
- Equestrian or stock use
- Motorcycling
- Mountain biking
- Non-motorized snow trail activities
- Snowmobiling
- Water trails

Typical Projects:
- Clearing overgrown brush and fallen trees from trails
- Repairing trail damage from floods and fires
- Replacing bridges and drainage structures

Under limited circumstances, new “linking” trails, relocations, and education proposals are also eligible.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 147291

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Estimated Size of Grant:

- General projects: Up to $150,000 per project
- Education projects: Up to $20,000 per project

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
- Local agencies
- Special purpose districts, such as park and recreation districts, public utility districts, and port districts. These districts must be authorized legally to develop, operate, and maintain recreational facilities.
- Native American tribes
- State agencies
- Federal agencies
- Trail-related, nonprofit organizations

Ineligible Projects:
- New trail development not directly related to an existing trail
- Land acquisition
- Projects facilitating motorized use on national forest or Bureau of Land Management land unless the land is not designated wilderness and construction is consistent with the management direction in the forest or Bureau plans.
- Projects facilitating motorized use on or access to recreational trails on which, as of May 1, 1991, motorized use was prohibited or had not occurred.
- Planning, feasibility studies, master plans, and wildlife impact studies
- Roads or bridges unless specifically designated for recreational trail use, not accessible to or maintained for cars, or closely associated with a campground or trail head project.
- Sidewalks and other paths that provide an urban trail experience
- Law enforcement
- Those on property bought under a conditional sales contract, unless the grant applicant has title to the property.
- Those that severely restrict public use, such as deed provisions that have a significant negative impact on public recreational use of the property; projects may be on public or private land, but must provide written assurances of public access.

Pre-Application Information:

- Applications Due: November 7, 2018
- Technical Review: November 2 to December 14, 2018
- Technical Completion Deadline: January 4, 2019
- Project Evaluation (written): February 1 to March 12, 2019
- Board Meeting - Lists Approved: Spring 2019
- Board Meeting – Grants Awarded: June 2019
- Successful Applicant Workshop: Fall 2019

Local agencies, special purpose districts, tribes, and non-profit organizations must provide 20 percent match for each project, and at least 10 percent of the total project cost must be from a non-state, non-federal contribution. Federal agencies must provide at least 5 percent from non-federal sources.

Match may include, but is not limited to:
- Appropriations or cash
- Bonds
- Donations of cash, land, labor, equipment, and materials
- Federal, state, and local grants
- Applicant’s labor, equipment, and materials

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

Submit grant materials online at:

Marguerite Austin, Recreation and Conservation Grants Section Manager

DeAnn Beck, Outdoor Grants Manager

Allison Dellwo, Outdoor Grants Manager

Additional Recreation and Conservation Grants Section contacts:

Recreation and Conservation Office
PO Box 40917
Olympia, WA 98504-0917

Telephone: (360) 902-3000
TTY: (360) 902-1996

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USA: Washington