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Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Grant

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

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Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails (SPHST)

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Deadline Date:

12/02/19 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $50,000 to Wyoming local, State and federal agencies, and private 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.

Permissible Uses for All Categories:

Maintenance or Restoration of Existing Trails

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 Trail or Pathway – Construction or Maintenance

  • ‘Community Trail’ means any trail, greenway or other pathway located within the boundaries of a city or town.
  • Construction or maintenance includes all trail-related work including trailheads and trailside facilities.
  • Projects located solely within a community park setting are not eligible.

Permissible Uses for Only Motorized and Diversified Categories:

Purchase or Lease of Recreational Trail Construction or Maintenance Equipment

  • NOTE: While the purchase of equipment through Non-Motorized category projects is not allowable, the rental or lease of trail construction or maintenance equipment may be permitted within specific Non-Motorized category projects when the need is justified – but only for the length and scope of the specific project and only when clearly specified within Exhibit B’s line item budget.

Safety or Environmental Protection Education Programs

  • Must be a trail-related safety or environmental education project. On-trail projects could include educational kiosks, signing, or safety patrols; off-trail projects could include educational training, brochures, or displays.

For program priorities and objectives, see the following link:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163673

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

- Nonmotorized Projects: the maximum grant amount is $50,000 for all non-SPHST sponsored projects. SPST 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.

Term of Contract:

The earliest date any approved projects will receive a Notice to Proceed is Spring of 2020.

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; 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.

Project sponsors must also be able to answer “yes” to the following:
1. Is the project compatible with all appropriate land use plans?
2. Is the proposed construction or maintenance time schedule realistic?
3. Can you provide sufficient detail for the Budget Summary Sheet in the application?
4. Has there been public input into the planning of this project?
5. Is the project compatible with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Handicapped Accessibility)?

For a list of non-eligible uses, see the following link:

Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates:
- September 10, 2019: The FY 2020 Application Process opens
- October 4, 2019: Pre-Application Form is due by 11:59 PM
- By October 11, 2019: Pre-Applicants will be advised if they are approved to proceed to full application
- December 2, 2019: Final Application Package is due by 11:59 PM
- January 2020: Trails Advisory Council meeting to approve project funding recommendations
- February 2020: Applicants will be notified if their project is approved for funding
- Spring 2020: 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

To see a grants guidance powerpoint presentation, application checklists, and a questionnaire, click on the "URL for Full Text" link below.

Contact Information:

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

Submit applications to:

For the final application, in addition to the electronic copy, submit one complete original paper applications by mail to:
Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources
Attention: Louisa Lopez
Barrett Building 4th Floor
2301 Central Ave.
Cheyenne, WY, 82002

For all RTP policy, procedure, or application process questions, contact:
Louisa Lopez, Recreation Grants Supervisor
Phone: 307-777-6491

WY Trails Program
2301 Central Ave. Barrett Bldg. 4th Floor
Cheyenne, WY 82002

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