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Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Grant

Grants to Wyoming Agencies and Nonprofits to
Develop and Maintain Outdoor Recreational Areas

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Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails (SPHST)

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11/30/20 Midnight - Postmarked or Received


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Grants of up to $50,000 to Wyoming local, State and federal agencies, and nonprofit organizations to develop and maintain recreational trails for all users. A pre-application must be submitted prior to the final application. Funding is available for environment and safety education projects as well as trail projects for motorized and non-motorized vehicles.

This grant program provides funding for a variety of trail-related project categories including trail restoration, construction, improvement or maintenance; trailhead or trailside facilities and trail linkages; land lease or purchase for trail corridors; trail related safety or environmental education; and limited equipment purchase.

Permissible Uses of Funds

  • Maintenance or Restoration of Existing Trails – 1.5 multiplier • Routine maintenance, restoration, or improvement of existing recreational trails; includes the grooming and maintenance of over-snow trails and the construction of required maintenance facilities.
  • Development or Rehabilitation of Trailside and Trailhead Facilities and Trail Linkages – 1.4 multiplier • Trailside or trailhead facilities include parking areas, shelters, toilets, signing, information kiosks, benches and tables); must be in direct conjunction with the use of a recreational trail and not be in a park setting. • Trail linkages are short trail segments which provide a direct link to trails or trailheads.
  • Construction of New Trails – 1.4 multiplier • Allowed only as otherwise permissible under other law and as required by SCORP; • Construction of new trails across federal lands must be approved by the federal agency or agencies with jurisdiction over the impacted lands; approval contingent upon compliance by the Federal agency with all applicable laws, including the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Forest Rangeland Renewable Resources Planning Act, and Federal Land Policy and Management Act.
  • Acquisition of Easements or Fee Title to Property – 1.2 multiplier • Acquisition of easement or fee title applies only to trails or trail corridors; • Fee simple title to the property must be from a willing seller, and only when the trail access objective cannot be accomplished by an easement or other means.
  • Community or Hard-Surfaced Trail or Pathway – Construction or Maintenance – 1.0 multiplier • ‘Community’ means any trail, greenway or other pathway located within a city or town. • ‘Hard-Surfaced’ means any asphalt or concrete trail or pathway regardless of community or rural location • Construction or maintenance includes all trail-related work including trailheads and trailside facilities. • Projects located solely within a community park setting are not eligible.

For Permissible Uses for Only Motorized and Diversified Categories see page 5 of the Grant Guidelines in Supporting Documents below. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 163673

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-Nonmotorized Projects: the maximum grant amount is $50,000 for all non-SPHST sponsored projects. SPHST sponsored projects and those used for Programmatic Match may be packaged for a higher amount with prior approval by the STP Manager, Recreation Grants Manager and SPHST management, along with final concurrence by WSTAC. The minimum grant amount is $10,000. •

-Motorized and Diversified Projects: all projects are sponsored by STP; the maximum as well as minimum grant amounts for all projects will be set at the discretion of the STP Manager, Recreation Grants Manager and SPHST management, along with final concurrence by WSTAC.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

RTP grants are available to local, state and federal agencies or qualifying non-profit organizations who meet all ten of the following requirements:
1. (A) is an agency with ownership and management authority of the property where project is located; or (B) is an agency or non-profit with on-going trail operation or management responsibility delegated to them for a term of at least five years through a written agreement or lease specific to the property where project is located.
2. Has been approved by the State Trails Program (STP) through pre-application screening to act as a local project Sponsor;
3. Is in ‘good standing’ with the Wyoming RTP Program (no outstanding projects with unresolved issues or previous defaults);
4. Has identified a need which corresponds to an eligible grant use;
5. Has the financial resources required to front all project costs, with full or partial reimbursement occurring from RTP after project completion;
6. Has a favorable risk assessment;
7. Has identified a methodology and funding for long-term operation and maintenance of the project;
8. Is able to assure continuing public access to the project;
9. Has the ability to manage all required recordkeeping and paperwork associated with an RTP grant project; a
10. Is registered to do business with the U.S. government on the federal System for Award Management (SAM) website, if a non-federal entity.

Electric Bikes (e-bikes) are categorized as a motorized use under RTP legislation, so trails that allow e-bikes are not eligible for Non-Motorized RTP funding. Also, any trail funded by non-motorized RTP grant funds cannot allow any motorized use to be added (including e-bikes) during the useful life expectancy of that project.

The ‘Buy America’ law may potentially apply to any of the project categories and can disqualify projects from eligibility – so pay close attention to this law as you consider your project.

For non-eligible uses, see page 5 of the Grant Guidelines.

Pre-Application Information:

Mailed applications must be received or be postmarked by midnight November 30, 2020.

Important Dates
-September 28, 2020: The FY 2021 Application Process opens
-October 26, 2020: Pre-Application Form is due by 11:59 PM
-By October 30, 2020: Pre-Applicants will be advised if they are approved to proceed to full application
-November 30, 2020: Final Application Package is due by 11:59 PM
-January 2021: Trails Advisory Council meeting to approve project funding recommendations
-February 202: Applicants will be notified if their project is approved for funding
-Spring 2021: The earliest date any approved projects will receive a Notice to Proceed

DUNS Number Required: All non-federal project sponsors must be registered with Dun and Bradstreet and have a DUNS number; Wyoming requires that applicants meet this requirement prior to applying for RTP funding. Registration is free at Registration Required: All non-federal agency project sponsors must be registered to do business with the U.S. government on the federal System for Award Management (SAM) website. Registration is free at

Programmatic Cash Match: Wyoming’s RTP Grant Program is operated on a ‘Programmatic Match’ basis whereby SPHST projects along with other select local projects collectively provide the federally required 20% cash match programmatically.

Contact Information:

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

RTP Program Contact:
Louisa Lopez, Recreation Grants Supervisor
phone 307-777-6491 or e-mail

Mail application materials to:
WY Trails Program
Louisa Lopez
2301 Central Ave. Barrett Bldg. 4th Floor
Cheyenne, WY 82002

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