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

ELIGIBILITY:

Geographic Focus

USA: Georgia

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Georgia Recreational Trails Program (RTP)

Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GADNR)


Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #148615

Grant Description

Grants to Georgia local governments, and federal and state agencies 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. Permissible uses include new trail construction, trail restoration, trail head facilities, and land acquisition for trail purposes.

Nonmotorized Trails: Eligible projects include pedestrian (hiking, running, walking, and wheelchair access), biking, mountain biking, skating, water trail access, and equestrian riding. Types of Nonmotorized Trails for RTP:

  1. Diverse use trails for nonmotorized users: A project primarily intended to benefit more than one mode of nonmotorized recreational use, such as pedestrians, bikers, and skaters; or equestrian use in summer and fall and pedestrian uses in winter and spring. A project may be classified in this category if the project also indirectly benefits some other nonmotorized uses (it is not necessary to exclude other nonmotorized uses), but the primary intent must be for the stated nonmotorized uses.
  2. Single use trails for nonmotorized users: A project primarily intended to benefit only one mode of nonmotorized recreational use, such as a mountain bike trail. A project may be classified in this category if the project also indirectly benefits some other nonmotorized uses (it is not necessary to exclude other nonmotorized uses), but the primary intent must be for the benefit of a single nonmotorized use. Water trail projects, by federal directive, are automatically single use nonmotorized projects.

Motorized Trails: Only recreational trails for vehicles with internal combustion engines, such as off-road motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), or other off-road motorized vehicles are eligible for motorized trail grant funds. Types of Motorized Trails for RTP: 

  1. Diverse use trails for motorized users: A project primarily intended to benefit more than one mode of motorized recreational use, such as motorcycle and ATV use; or ATV use in summer and snowmobile use in winter. A project may be classified in this category if the project also indirectly benefits some nonmotorized uses (it is not necessary to exclude nonmotorized uses), but the primary intent must be for the benefit of motorized use.
  2. Single use trails for motorized users: A project primarily intended to benefit only one mode of motorized recreational use, such as an ATV trail. A project may be classified in this category if the project also indirectly benefits some nonmotorized uses (it is not necessary to exclude nonmotorized uses), but the primary intent must be for the benefit of a single motorized use.

RTP allocates limited funds for education that promotes trail safety and environmental protection. Education projects must have a direct relationship with an existing recreational trail. Projects can include education programs and/or production of trail-related educational materials (whether for information displays, print, video, audio, interactive computer displays, etc.). Education grants are applied for separately from other trail projects and potential applicants should consult with a Grants Specialist before applying.

Items eligible for reimbursement can be found at https://gadnr.org/sites/default/files/dnr/RTPManualNonmotorizedApril2021.pdf#page=8 and https://gadnr.org/sites/default/files/dnr/RTPManualMotorizedApril2021.pdf#page=8.

More information about eligible types of projects can be found at https://gadnr.org/sites/default/files/dnr/RTPManualNonmotorizedApril2021.pdf#page=12 and https://gadnr.org/sites/default/files/dnr/RTPManualMotorizedApril2021.pdf#page=12.

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Eligibility:

  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants
- Qualified Local Governments;
- State agencies;
- Federal agencies

Items ineligible for reimbursement can be found at https://gadnr.org/sites/default/files/dnr/RTPManualNonmotorizedApril2021.pdf#page=10 and https://gadnr.org/sites/default/files/dnr/RTPManualMotorizedApril2021.pdf#page=10.

Pre-Application Information:

The proposed 2021-2022 annual funding cycle is as follows:
- September 1, 2021: Pre-application period opens
- November 1, 2021: Pre-applications due
- November 2021 – January 2022: Pre-applications are reviewed and ranked
- February 2022: All Pre-applicants are notified of results, and selected Pre-applicants are invited to submit Second-level Applications
- March 31, 2022: Second-level Applications due
- Summer 2022: Notification of Awards are released and Financial Workshops conducted for successful Applicants; trail work begins after Project Agreement is signed.

Nonmotorized and Motorized:
- Match Requirements: 20% match, minimum required
- Retainage: A minimum of 25% held until project closeout

RTP functions as a reimbursement grant program. Project Grantees must have the financial capacity to pay for project expenses prior to being reimbursed by grant funds. Once project expenses have been incurred and paid for by the Grantee, payment documentation can then be submitted to GADNR for reimbursement, up to the amount of the grant award.

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

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$3,000,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Nonmotorized: Grant requests have no minimum and are limited to a maximum of $200,000.

Motorized: Grant requests for motorized trails have no minimum dollar value and the maximum grant amount for motorized trail projects is limited only by the funds currently available

Term of Contract:

Nonmotorized and Motorize:
- Grant Term: Up to 2 years
- Long-term Compliance: Trails funded using RTP money must remain open to the public for not less than 25 years after grant

Contact Information:

The Pre-application for Nonmotorized Trails is found at: https://webportalapp.com/sp/ga2021rtp

The Pre-application for Motorized Trails is found at: https://webportalapp.com/sp/ga2021motorized

Lauren Turner, Grants Specialist
404.463.1030
lauren.turner@dnr.ga.gov

Lindsey Brown, Grants Manager
404.463.1779
lindsey.brown@dnr.ga.gov

Taylor Brown, Grants Chief
404.463.8601
taylor.brown@dnr.ga.gov

Mail:
Recreational Trails Program
2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SE, Suite 1370 East
Atlanta, GA 30334

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