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Georgia Recreational Trails Program (RTP)

Grants to Georgia Agencies, Commissions, and Nonprofits for Motorized
and Non-Motorized Trail Maintenance, Construction, and Education

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Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GADNR)

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Grants to Georgia local governments, federal and state agencies, authorized commissions, and nonprofit organizations for recreational trail maintenance, construction, and education. Applicants must submit a pre-application prior to applying. Funding may be used for motorized, non-motorized, water, and multi-use trails. Nonprofit organizations may only apply for education funds.

Project types:

  • Diverse Recreational Trail Use (Multi-use): Any trail primarily intended to serve both non motorized AND motorized use. This may also include trails where usage is separated by seasons. Examples:
    • ATV AND Mountain bike trails
    • Equestrian in the summer and ATV use in the winter
  • Non-motorized Recreational Trail Use (Single use only) - A project primarily intended to serve only one mode of non-motorized recreational use. Examples:
    • Walking and Hiking
    • Bicycling and Wheelchair use
  • Water Trails: Aquatic or water activities, including staging, access points and trailhead facilities near access points.
  • Motorized: Any off road recreation primarily intended for any motor powered vehicle, except for a motorized wheelchair. Single use is defined as ATV OR motorcycle.  Diverse use is defined as ATV AND motorcycle. Examples:
    • ATV trails
    • Jeep trails
    • Motorized dirt bike trails
    • Dune buggy trails
  • Educational Grants: Education projects must have a direct relationship with a recreational trail or trails. Examples:
    • Safety and environmental protection programs
    • Trail related educational publications
    • Trail related displays, video, audio, etc.

For a list of eligible reimbursement items, see page 23 of the Powerpoint presentation in Supporting Documents below. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 148615

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Estimated Size of Grant:

- There is no minimum grant amount.
- For single use and diverse use trail grant applications, the maximum funding assistance is $200,000.
- For motorized use trail grant applications, there is no maximum funding assistance limit.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include qualified local governments (as determined by the Department of Community Affairs), authorized commissions, and state and federal agencies. Nongovernmental entities with IRS 501(c)(3) tax exempt status may apply for education funds only.

Pre-Application Information:

All eligible applicants must complete a pre-application online at Following the competitive pre-application phase, successful pre-applicants will be invited to complete a second-level application. Applicants may submit pre-applications for both the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Program and Recreational Trails Program, but applications must be for separate projects.

Anticipated Grant Cycle Timeline:
September 1, 2019 – Pre-application window opens
November 17, 2019 – Pre-application window closes
April 2020 – Successful pre-applicants notified
April 2020 – Second-level application window opens
May 31, 2020 – Second-level application period closes
Fall 2020 – Final Approval of Projects

Educational grant applicants must consult with GADNR prior to submitting a proposal to ensure acceptability.

Match and Reimbursement: Grantees pay for 100% of the total project cost and then submit for reimbursement of 80% of eligible costs. Applicants must provide at least 20% of the total project cost as match. ( 5% must come from non-federal sources)

Contact Information:

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

Complete a pre-application online at

Taylor Brown
Grants Unit Supervisor
(404) 463-8601 |

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