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Grants to Montana Agencies, Associations, and Clubs to Maintain and Develop Outdoor Facilities

Recreational Trails Program (RTP)


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Funding Source
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Montana

Important Dates
Conference Date: 11/09/22
Deadline: 01/31/23 5:00 PM MDT Save

Grant Description
Grants to Montana government agencies, clubs, and private associations for the development, restoration, and maintenance of outdoor facilities. Funding is intended for a broad range of activities, including projects that promote safety and education, rehabilitation and restoration projects, and equipment purchases.
RTP grant funds are intended to provide, expand, and improve recreational trails for both motorized and nonmotorized trail uses. Trail usage may include pedestrian (hiking, running, and wheelchair access), biking, mountain biking, water trail, equestrian, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, off-road motorcycling, all-terrain vehicle riding, four-wheel driving, and e-bike uses.
RTP grants are for projects that are primarily recreational in nature, rather than serving a more utilitarian transportation function. RTP grants typically fund on-the-ground projects. A RTP project must be a distinct project with a distinct purpose. All project elements, including the project match, must be tied to the distinct purpose. 
Eligible Funding Areas
  • 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 equipment1
  • Construction of new recreational trails (with specific requirements when federal land is involved)
  • Acquisition of easements and fee simple title for recreational trail corridors
  • Assessment of trail conditions
  • Development and dissemination of publications and operation of educational programs to promote safety and environmental protection 

A trail means a thoroughfare or track across land or snow, used for recreational purposes such as:

  • Pedestrian activities, including wheelchair use
  • Skating or skateboarding
  • Equestrian activities, including carriage driving
  • Nonmotorized snow trail activities, including skiing
  • Bicycling or use of other human-powered vehicles
  • Aquatic or water activities
  • Motorized vehicular activities, including all-terrain vehicle riding, motorcycling, snowmobiling, ebiking, use of off-road light trucks, or use of off-road motorized vehicles


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

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Grant applicants may include federal, tribal, state, county, or municipal agencies (including school districts), and private corporations, including nonprofits.

For a list of Ineligible Project Types please see:

Pre-Proposal Conference
Webinar Training and Q&A Session - Nov. 9, 2022 at 9 a.m. RSVP here:

Pre-Application Information
The application cycle is open November 1st, 2022, to January 31st, 2023, at 5:00pm MDT.

The RTP is a reimbursement program. If awarded, an entity may receive reimbursement only after the entity has expended funds on an eligible expense and submitted adequate documentation.

Each project must 20% matching funds. Matching funds may be cash or in-kind. Federal entities must ensure 5% of the total project (match + request) is from a non-federal source.

All RTP award recipients must register in the System for Award Management (SAM) by the time of award. Grantees must renew their SAM registration annually to continue to receive reimbursement from RTP. Entities must also acquire a unique number to identify your organization, which assists with tracking how federal money is allocated. This unique number has been a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number. In April of 2022, the federal government will stop using the DUNS number and will use a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) instead.

Watch RTP Application Training Recording:

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Applicants may request up to $100,000 in grant funds.

Term of Contract
Projects may begin once the Contract Agreement is signed in July or August 2023.

The deadline to expend project funds or matching funds and complete project work is October 15, 2025.

Contact Information
Apply Online:

Stephanie Clemen
(406) 444 - 5898

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