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Recreational Trails Program (RTP)

Grants to New York Nonprofits and Agencies
to Maintain and Improve Outdoor Trails

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New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP)

Deadline Date:

07/30/21 4:00 PM


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Grants to New York nonprofit organizations and agencies for the development and maintenance of public outdoor trails and associated facilities. Nonprofit applicants must complete pre-qualification requirements prior to applying. Funding is intended for projects to improve recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both nonmotorized and motorized recreational trail uses.

RTP funding is intended for trail-based projects that are primarily recreational in nature, rather than serving a strictly transportation function. The RTP legislation requires that States use 30% of funds for non-motorized recreation, 30% for motorized recreation, and 40% for diverse recreational trail use. For more information on project classification, see

Eligible Activities:

  • Maintenance and restoration of existing trails may include any kind of trail maintenance, restoration, rehabilitation, or relocation. This category may include maintenance and restoration of trail bridges or appropriate signage along a trail.
  • Development and rehabilitation of trailside and trailhead facilities and trail linkages for recreational trails may include development or rehabilitation of any trailside or trailhead facility. Trailside and trailhead facilities must have a direct relationship with a recreational trail.
  • Purchase and lease of recreational trail construction and maintenance equipment includes purchase or lease of any trail construction or maintenance equipment, including lawn mowers and trail grooming machines, provided the equipment is used primarily to construct and maintain recreational trails.
  • Construction of new recreational trails may include construction of new trail bridges or installation of appropriate signage along a trail. Separate guidelines and approvals apply to the construction of trails on Federal land.
  • Acquisition of easements and/or fee simple title to property may include acquisition of old road or railroad bridges to be used as recreational trail bridges. However, 23 USC 206(g)(1) prohibits condemnation of any kind of interest in property (e.g. eminent domain). Therefore, acquisition of any kind of interest in property must be from a willing landowner or seller.
  • Assessment of trail conditions for accessibility and maintenance authorizes specific projects to assess trails to determine the level of accessibility for people who have disabilities, to develop programs to provide trail access information, and to assess trails for current or future maintenance needs. 

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GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159081

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

It is anticipated that 10 - 20 grants may be awarded each year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

• Minimum Federal funding request for maintenance, restoration, rehabilitation, development, construction, acquisition, and assessment projects: $25,000 ($31,250 minimum total project cost).
• Minimum Federal funding request for equipment purchase-only projects: $5,000 ($6,250 minimum total project cost).
• Maximum Federal funding request for all projects: $250,000 ($312,500 minimum total project cost)

Term of Contract:

Projects are to be completed within 5 years of the contract start date. When a project cannot be completed within the original five-year timeframe, an extension will be required to extend the end date of the contract. Extensions will only be considered when there are circumstances beyond the control of the project sponsor and if appropriate justification is provided.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants: Municipalities, State agencies, Federal agencies, public benefit corporations, public authorities, and not-forprofit corporations are eligible to receive RTP funding.

For uses not permitted and ineligible expenses, see

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for submission is 4:00 p.m. Friday, July 30, 2021.

All not-for-profit corporations must prequalify in the Grants Gateway. New York State reserves 5-10 business days from the receipt of complete Prequalification applications to conduct its review. Due to the length of time this process could take to complete, it is advised that nonprofits Prequalify as soon as possible. For more information, see

The RTP is a reimbursement program, meaning that the applicant must finance the project while requesting periodic reimbursements.

RTP grants provide Federal funding of up to 80 percent of the total project cost with a minimum 20 percent matching share.

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

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(518) 474-0427

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