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Grants to Louisiana Nonprofits, For-Profits, and Agencies for Trail Development Projects

FHWA Recreational Trails Program for Louisiana (RTPL)


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Funding Source
Louisiana State Parks
US Department of Transportation - Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, Office of State Parks, Division of Outdoor Recreation.
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Geographic Focus
USA: Louisiana

Important Dates
Conference Date: 03/01/24
Deadline: 07/01/24 Postmark or Receipt Save

Grant Description
Grants to Louisiana nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and commercial entities for the development and maintenance of trails designed for motorized and non-motorized use. Applicants must contact program staff before applying. Funding is intended to provide and maintain recreational trails. Grants may support a range of uses, such as pedestrian activities (hiking, running, wheelchair use), bicycling, in-line skating, equestrian use, off-road motorcycling, all-terrain vehicle riding, and using other off-road motorized vehicles.

The FHWA Recreational Trails Program for Louisiana (RTPL) will provide the opportunity to generate innovative solutions for issues facing motorized and nonmotorized trail users and managers in Louisiana. Projects should further a specific trail-related goal in the current Louisiana Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) or in a local/regional strategic and/or comprehensive plan.

The SCORP identifies trails and trail development as one of Louisiana’s top five priorities and strategies. The strategy is to develop all types of trails- urban corridor trails, multi-use trails, scenic trails, off-road vehicle trails, nature trails, dedicated use trails, levee trails, rail trails, bike and pedestrian trails, paddling trails, equine trails, etc.

In general, trails provide safe methods of alternative and active transportation, connections to community recreation, opportunities for passive recreation, and universal access to recreation. Specific goals are to promote exercise and physical fitness through recreation in our great outdoors and increased utilization of outdoor recreation areas. 

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Additional Eligibility Criteria
Grant funding may be provided to non-profit, governmental, or certain commercial entities.

Pre-Application Information
Applications are due in the office or postmarked by July 1, 2024 (if a holiday, the first business day after). FAX or email copies will not be accepted

Please call before March 1, 2024, and speak to Michael for further instructions if planning to submit an application for 2024 for 2025 awards.

The FHWA Recreational Trails Program for Louisiana (FRTPL) is an 80/20 reimbursable (the funding source reimburses sponsors 80% of eligible costs) matching grant program.


Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
- The minimum (federal share) grant is $10,000 and the maximum is $100,000 for non-motorized projects.
- The minimum (federal share) grant is $20,000 and the maximum is $419,990 for motorized projects.

Term of Contract
Project must be completed within one year after the signature date of the Letter of Commitment Agreement

Contact Information
Submit applications (one original) to:
Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism
Office of State Parks
Division of Outdoor Recreation
FHWA Recreational Trails Program for Louisiana
1051 North Third Street, Suite 307
Baton Rouge, LA 70802-5239
P. O. Box 44426
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-4426

Michael W. Domingue
Recreational Trails Program
(225) 342-4435

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