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Grants to Ohio Nonprofits, Political Subdivisions, and Agencies to Develop Outdoor Recreational Resources

Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Grant


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Funding Source
Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Ohio

Important Dates
Deadline: 04/17/23 Postmarked Save

Grant Description
Grants to Ohio nonprofit organizations, political subdivisions, and state and federal government agencies for activities related to the development of outdoor recreational resources. Funding may be used for property acquisition, equipment, educational programs, trailside facilities, and the construction, restoration, and maintenance of recreational trails. Priority consideration may be given to projects in major urban areas and Appalachian counties.

The following types of projects are eligible for Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funding:

  • New recreational trail construction (non-motorized and motorized)
  • Trail maintenance/restoration
  • Trailside and trailhead facilities (for example, parking, restrooms, potable water, etc.)
  • Acquisition of easements and property for recreational trails or recreational trail corridors
  • Educational programs promoting trail safety and environmental protection (These projects cannot exceed 5 percent of Ohio’s annual RTP apportionment.)

For further details on eligible RTP projects, see p. 16 of the Application in Supporting Documents below.

Applicants to the RTP are encouraged to build linkages between trail systems, and funded projects can also include loop trails, such as loop trails within parks.

In cases where the assistance of an architect, landscape architect, consultant, planner, or engineer is required for a project, a share of the costs may be borne by program funds. However, planning work is not eligible as a stand-alone project.

Projects in Appalachian counties will be given some priority consideration. See for a list of Appalachian counties.

RTP Urban Projects: Actions should be taken to ensure that trail-related recreation opportunities will be provided in major urban areas. The proposed project may be given priority if it preserves open space and provides opportunities in an SMSA area (Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo, and Youngstown).


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible Applicants:

1. Political Subdivisions of Ohio
a. Cities, villages
b. Counties
c. Townships
d. Special districts such as park districts, joint recreation boards, or conservancy districts
e. Jointly sponsored projects between political subdivisions

2. State Government Agencies
b. Ohio Historical Society
c. Other state agencies

3. Federal Government Agencies
a. National Park Service
b. U.S. Forest Service
c. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
d. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
e. Other federal agencies

4. Nonprofit organizations

Grant applicants who have not previously received an RTP or COTF grant award will be given additional priority consideration.

Pre-Application Information
The deadline to apply is April 17, 2023.

Projects must be reviewed by your local Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) (where applicable) or, if your project is located outside of an MPO, your local planning agency must be notified of your project. A copy of your letter to your MPO or local planning agency must be submitted with your funding proposal. Please include a request that ODNR be copied on any replies issued by the MPO. It can take up to 60 days for a review; so, it is to your advantage to send the project information to your MPO or planning agency as early as possible.

All grant-assisted construction projects must be located on property that is owned, leased (minimum 15-year non-revocable lease with 15 years remaining at the time of project closeout), or on an easement held by to the project sponsor. If property negotiations are incomplete at the time of application, a signed letter of intent from the property owner is required.

This is a reimbursement grant program that provides up-to-80 percent project funding.

Estimated Size of Grant
Maximum Project Award: $150,000

Term of Contract
You should plan to complete your project within 15 months of entering into formal agreement with the ODNR.

Contact Information
Send all aplications and inquiries to:
Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Office of Real Estate
Attn: D'Juan Hammonds
2045 Morse Rd., E-2
Columbus, OH 43229-6693

D’Juan Hammonds, Program Manager

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