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Recreational Trails Program (RTP)

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

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

Deadline Date:

07/26/19 4:00 PM


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Grants starting at $5,000 and grants starting at $25,000 to New York nonprofit organizations and municipalities for the development and maintenance of trails for recreational use. Nonprofit applicants must pre-qualify before applying. Projects may involve motorized, non-motorized, and diverse-use recreational trails. Funding is intended for maintenance and restoration, development and rehabilitation, purchase and lease, construction of new trails, acquisition and easements, and assessment of trail conditions. Funded projects must further a specific goal of the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP), the Statewide Trails Plan or a local plan, and must be accessible to the public.

For additional information about eligible activities, see:

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. To provide flexibility in RTP project selection, the following categories are recognized for meeting the 40-30- 30 requirements:
- Non-motorized use project: A project primarily intended to benefit non-motorized recreational trail use, such as pedestrian, equestrian, or mountain biking. A project may be classified in this category if the project serves one or more mode of non-motorized recreational use. RTP projects serving various pedestrian uses (such as walking, hiking, wheelchair use, running, bird-watching, nature interpretation, backpacking, etc.) constitute a single use for the purposes of this category.
- Motorized use project: A project primarily intended to benefit motorized use. A project may be classified in this category if the project serves only one mode of motorized recreational use or more than one mode of motorized recreational use. A project may be classified in this category if the project also benefits some non-motorized uses (it is not necessary to exclude non-motorized uses), but the primary intent must be for the benefit of motorized use.
- Diverse use project: A project primarily intended to benefit more than one mode of recreational use, such as pedestrian and bicycling, or pedestrian and equestrian. A Diverse use project may also include both motorized and non-motorized uses where motorized use is not the predominant use or when the motorized and non-motorized uses are separated by season, such as equestrian use in summer and snowmobile use in winter. Other examples include: a common trailhead project serving separate ATV and bicycle trails; purchasing a machine to groom both snowmobile and cross-country ski trails.

For information about general principles and cost eligibility, see:

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GrantWatch ID#: 159081

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Number of Grants:

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

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The minimum grant award for restoration, development and property acquisition projects is $25,000. The minimum equipment purchase award is $5,000. All grant awards are capped at $250,000.

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. Extensions may also be denied based on the constraints of the RTP Federal funding guidelines. RTP extensions will be considered on a case by case basis and must be approved by the Office of the State Comptroller.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Municipalities, State agencies, Federal agencies, public benefit corporations, public authorities and not-for-profit corporations are eligible to receive RTP funding. Municipalities and not-for-profit corporations must apply in odd-numbered years (2019, 2021, etc.). State and Federal agencies, public benefit corporations and public authorities must apply in even-numbered years.

For a list of ineligible expenses and uses, see:

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for submissions is 4:00 PM, Friday, July 26, 2019.

The Consolidated Funding Application is the system to be used to apply for OPRHP's Environmental Protection Fund Grant Program.

All applicants must register in the Grants Gateway at Not-for-Profit applicants must register and prequalify in the Grants Gateway.

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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Grant program questions can be directed to your regional grant administrator:

CFA system and process questions should be directed to the regional economic development contact for your region:
(518) 474-0427

General contact information:
+1 (716) 846-8200
+1 (716) 846-8260
95 Perry Street
Suite 500
Buffalo, NY 14203-3030

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