Grants to Kansas nonprofit organizations and government agencies for the development of recreational trails and trail-related projects. Funding is intended to support motorized, non-motorized, and multi-use trail projects that offer a public benefit. High priority will be given to projects that promote improved ADA and environmental impacts. The objective of the program is to get trails and trail facilities on the ground.
The RTP will fund a variety of trail projects from the following seven categories:
Maintenance and Restoration: This category broadly authorizes any kind of trail maintenance, restoration, rehabilitation, or relocation, including trail bridges and signs.
Trailside and Trailhead Facilities: This category broadly authorizes the development or rehabilitation of trailside and trailhead facilities.
New Recreational Trail Construction: This category broadly authorizes any kind of new trail construction, including trail bridges and signs, except for limits on new trails located on federal lands.
Land or Easement Acquisition: This category authorizes purchases of trail easements across private property and property acquisition for trail corridors or trail systems, including areas intended for future trail development.
Trail Construction Equipment: This category broadly authorizes the purchase and lease of trail construction, maintenance, or assessment equipment including lawn mowers and trail grooming machines.
Trail Accessibility Assessment: This category authorizes specific projects to assess trails to determine the level of accessibility for people who have disabilities, to develop programs to provide trail access information, and to assess trails for current or future maintenance needs.
Educational Projects: This category authorizes development and dissemination of publications and operation of educational programs to promote safety and environmental protection.
For more information about eligible projects, see page 5 of the Grant Application and Guide in Supporting Documents.
KDWP will award grants to private, non-profit organizations, municipal agencies, state agencies, federal agencies, and other governmental entities.
For examples of eligible entities, see page 4 of the Grant Application and Guide document.
Generally, overhead or administrative costs will not be funded from this program, but a portion of these costs may be used as part of the local match
Projects Not Eligible for Funding:
• Playground Equipment
• Condemned Land
• Law Enforcement
• Promotional Items
• Legal Fees
• Feasibility Studies
• Picnic Facilities
• Skateboard Parks
Application Deadline: Postmarked November 17th, 2023
To apply for this years’ funding a hard copy of the application must be sent to the address below with a postmark date of November 17th, 2023, and a digital copy must be included via email.
The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks Trails Advisory Board will hold a public meeting in late winter/early spring 2024. The purpose of this meeting will be for hearing and discussing the projects submitted for funding under the Recreational Trails Fund Act. Persons interested in commenting on projects should attend this meeting. Grant applicants are encouraged to attend and discuss their proposals.
RTP grant funds will not exceed 80 percent of a project’s total cost. Sponsors must provide at least 20 percent of a project’s cost.