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Grants to Idaho Nonprofits, Agencies, and Tribes to Enhance and Develop Recreational Trails

Recreational Grant Program - Recreational Trails Program (RTP)


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Funding Source
Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Idaho

Important Dates
Deadline: 01/26/18 5:00 PM MST Receipt Save

Grant Description
Grants to Idaho nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and Indian Tribes to support recreational trails and related projects. Applicants must consult with their regional specialist in developing an application. Qualifying projects must be based on trail plans that are referenced or included in a Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan required by the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act (Section 1302 (a)(b)).

Permissible uses of the funds are: maintenance and restoration of existing recreational trails; development and rehabilitation of trailside and trailhead facilities and trail linkages for recreational trails; purchase and lease of recreational trail construction and maintenance equipment; and construction of new recreational trails (with restrictions for new trails on Federal lands).

At least 30 percent (30%) of funds received annually by the State must be reserved for uses relating to motorized recreation, at least 30 percent (30%) must be reserved for non-motorized recreation, and the remaining 40 percent (40%) must give preference to projects that provide for innovative recreational trails corridor sharing by motorized and non-motorized use.

To provide more flexibility in project selection, the Federal Highway Administration established five categories to account for the 30-30-40 requirements:

-Non-motorized project for a single use: A project primarily intended to benefit only one user mode of non-motorized recreational trail use, such as pedestrian only or equestrian only.

-Non-motorized diverse use project: A project primarily intended to benefit more than one mode of non-motorized recreational trail use such as; walking, bicycling, and skating; both pedestrian use in summer and cross-country ski use in winter.

-Diverse use project including both motorized and non-motorized uses: A project intended to benefit both motorized and non-motorized recreational trail use. This category includes projects where motorized and non-motorized uses are separated by season.

-Motorized single use project: A project primarily intended to benefit only one mode of motorized recreational use, such as snowmobile trail grooming.

-Motorized diverse use project: 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.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants include governmental entities, Indian Tribes, and nonprofit groups.

Indirect costs, administrative activities, and grants solely for planning are not eligible. The maximum amount allowed for education is directed to the statewide safety and education program.

Pre-Proposal Conference
The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) will be conducting grant workshops. The purpose of these workshops will be to review the administrative rules and guidelines, give instruction on how to fill out an application, and explain the evaluation process.

All prospective grantees are encouraged to attend these free workshops.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP no later than September 29, 2017.


October 10th, 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Idaho Dept. of Parks and Recreation Headquarters
5657 Warm Springs Ave.
Boise, ID 83716

October 11th, 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Idaho Dept. of Parks and Recreation Headquarters
5657 Warm Springs Ave.
Boise, ID 83716

Twin Falls:

October 12th, 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Twin Falls County West Building
Conference Room B
630 Addison Avenue West
Twin Falls, ID 83301

Idaho Falls

October 25th, 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Idaho Dept. of Parks and Recreation
East Region Office
1st Floor Conference Room
4279 Commerce Circle
Idaho Falls, ID 83401

Coeur d’Alene:

November 1, 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Idaho Dept. of Parks and Recreation & Idaho Fish and Game
2885 W. Kathleen Avenue
Coeur d’Alene ID 83815


November 2, 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Jack O’Connor Education Center
Hells Gate State Park
5600 Hellsgate Road
Lewiston, ID 83501

More information about workshops may be found here:

Pre-Application Information
RTP grants require a 20% match. At least 5% of the overall project costs must be non-federal funds. Indian Tribe government funds are considered non-federal. Complete program rules are available upon request. IDPR also requires a 50% match for motorized equipment on items valued at $1,000 - $50,000 per unit.

The matching share represents that portion of the total project cost provided by non-Federal third parties. The matching share may consist of cash contributions (non-federal) and in-kind contributions.

The first step in project preparation is working with the appropriate agency staff. IDPR employs regional staff to cover statewide needs. Please contact your regional specialist.

Please note the Recreational Trails Program and Land & Water Conservation Fund awards are not announced until federal partners approve applications, which is delayed beyond state awards. Do not start work on a project until you have a signed agreement or costs will not be reimbursed.

Applicants are encouraged to submit a draft application in December, giving department staff time to request any needed changes to make the project eligible.

Grants must be received in the new electronic system by 5:00 PM, Friday, January 26, 2018 to be eligible for the grant cycle.

Applications received during this grant period will be rated by the advisory committees in March, and awarded by the Idaho Park and Recreation Board in April or May.

Important Dates:
-Summer 2017: Contact IDPR for field review.
-September 2017: Announce grant workshops/availability of funds.
-October 2017: Conduct grant workshops throughout the state.
-December 2017: IDPR preliminary review of draft applications.
-January 26, 2018: All applications must be received by IDPR by 5:00 PM Mountain Standard Time. Applications received after the deadline are automatically ineligible to compete for funding. The new electronic system will close and you will be unable to submit applications after this deadline
-February 2018: IDPR staff review applications for eligibility and distribute to respective advisory committee members.
-March 2018: Advisory committee evaluates and rates applications.
-May 2018: IDPR Park Board approves grants for award.
-June 2018: Applicants contacted.
-After July 15, 2018: Funding is available.

For more information on the Federal Highways Administration rules, please refer to the interim guidance:

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
These funds are typically available after July 15th and applicants have one year to expend the funds.

Contact Information
Apply Online:

For Boise and Twin Falls workshops, please contact:
Nicole Bohrn
(208) 514-2448

For the Idaho Falls wrokshop, please contact:

Jennifer Park, East Idaho Grant Specialist
(208) 525-7121

For the Lewiston and Our d’Alene workshops, please contact:

Nicole Bohrn
(208) 514-2448

Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation
5657 Warm Springs Ave
Boise, ID 83716-8700

North Region Grant Specialist (Districts 1 & 2):
Tiffany Brunson
(208) 769-1511

South Region Grant Specialist (Districts 3 & 4):
Taylor Kaserman
(208) 514-2432

East Region Grant Specialist (Districts 5 & 6):
Jennifer Park
(208) 525-7121

(208) 334-4199

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