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

Georgia Recreational Trails Program (RTP)


Agency
State

GrantWatch ID#
148615

Funding Source
Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Georgia

Important Dates
Conference Date: 06/29/23
LOI Date: 11/01/23
Deadline: 03/31/24 Midnight Save

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. Certain applicants must contact the funding source prior to applying. Funding may be used for motorized, non-motorized, water, and multi-use trails. Permissible uses include new trail construction, trail restoration, trailhead 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/2023_RTP_Nonmotorized_Program_Manual.pdf#page=8 and https://gadnr.org/sites/default/files/dnr/2023_RTP_Motorized_Program_Manual.pdf#page=8.

More information about eligible types of projects can be found at https://gadnr.org/sites/default/files/dnr/2023_RTP_Nonmotorized_Program_Manual.pdf#page=12 and https://gadnr.org/sites/default/files/dnr/2023_RTP_Motorized_Program_Manual.pdf#page=12.



Recipient

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible Applicants
- Qualified Local Governments, as determined by the Department of Community Affairs;
- State agencies;
- Federal agencies


Pre-Proposal Conference
DNR Grants Staff will conduct two webinar-based Educational Workshops, covering the highlights of the Program and offering training on the application process. These workshops will be at no cost to the public, but applicants are asked to register below. Each webinar will be limited to 100 logins to accommodate effective question and answer opportunities.

Early registration is encouraged to secure your desired date.

Please register for RTP Nonmotorized Educational Workshops at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/3214496340881496664

Register for RTP Motorized Educational Workshop at:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/666362750347881301

Workshop dates and times are as follows:

Nonmotorized:
Thursday, June 22, 2023, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 28, 2023, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Motorized:
Thursday, June 29, 2023, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Pre-Application Information
The proposed 2023-2024 annual funding cycle is as follows:
- September 1, 2023: Pre-application period opens
- November 1, 2023, midnight: Pre-applications due
- November 2023 – January 2024: Pre-applications are reviewed and ranked
- February 2024: All Pre-applicants are notified of results, and selected Pre-applicants are invited to submit Second-level Applications
- March 31, 2024, midnight: Second-level Applications due
- Summer 2024: Notification of Awards are released and Financial Workshops conducted for successful Applicants; trail work begins after Project Agreement is signed.

The application process consists of two phases. The Pre-application is an initial submission of project plans and funding needs. Second-level Applications are submitted after the project evaluation process and require more detailed information.

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.

RTP education grants are applied for separately from other trail projects and potential applicants should consult with a Grants Specialist before applying.

For links to pre-application resources and forms, see the Full Grant Text RFP link.

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: No maximum grant amount has been established

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
2023-2024 Pre-application (Nonmotorized): https://webportalapp.com/sp/ga2023rtp

2023-2024 Pre-application (Motorized): https://webportalapp.com/sp/gaoffroad2023rtp

Ouicia Jolly, RTP Grants Manager
404-463-1779
ouicia.jolly@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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