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Recreational Trails Program (RTP)

Grants to Maine Nonprofits and Agencies to
Maintain and Develop Recreational Trails

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry - Bureau of Parks and Lands

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Deadline Date:

09/29/17 5:00 PM


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Grants to Maine nonprofit organizations and local government agencies for the development and maintenance of recreational trails and related facilities. Funding may be requested for projects related to motorized, non-motorized, and multi-use trails. Funding is also available for educational programs related to trails that promote safety and environmental protection.

Recreational Trails Program Financial Policies:
-30% of RTP funds allocated to the state shall be reserved for uses related to motorized trail recreation
-30% of RTP funds allocated to the state shall be reserved for uses related to non-motorized trail recreation.
-The remaining 40% of funds shall be used for recreational projects that facilitate diverse trail use.

Eligible projects may include:
-Maintenance and restoration of existing recreational trails.
-Development and rehabilitation of trail side and trailhead facilities and trail linkages for recreational trails.
-Construction of new recreational trails.
-Acquisition of easements or fee simple title to property for recreational trails or recreational trail corridors.
-Operation of educational programs to promote safety and environmental protection as those objectives relate to use of recreational trails.

Public Use and Access:
Applications for RTP funding must stipulate full support of the program and must ensure public access to the recreation improvements funded by the grant.

Maine Goals for the Recreational Trails Program:
-Trails that provide linkages with existing or planned networks.
-Trails that serve a wide spectrum of users.
-Proposals that address landowners concerns.
-Trails that provide relatively high use levels.
-Proposals that provide "close-to-home" trails.
-Proposals that enhance tourism and economic development.
-Proposals that facilitate trail use for youngsters, seniors, and persons with disabilities.
-Projects that are well planned.
-Trails that are destination oriented.
-Trails that further SCORP or other established planning goals.
-Multiple use trail projects that address conflicts between user groups.
-Proposals that have adequate matching resources.
-Proposals that consider operation and maintenance needs.
-Projects that leverage other private and public funding sources.
-Projects that rehabilitate existing, well-used trails.
-Projects that preserve rights-of-way for public recreation purposes.
-Trails that provide high levels of user safety.
-Trails that provide aesthetic or cultural benefits to users.
-Projects that provide for reasonable longevity.

Types of Grants:

Development Grant:

Project categories for the Development Grant include:
-Maintenance and Restoration of Existing Trails
-Development and Rehabilitation of Trailside and Trailhead Facilities
-Construction of New Recreational Trails
-Acquisition of Easements and Fee Simple Title to Property

Safety and Environmental Education Grant:

Funding is available for the operation of educational programs to promote safety and environmental protection as those objectives relate to the use of recreational trails.

Typical education projects may include:
-Development and operation of trail safety education programs.
-Development and operation of trail-related environmental education programs.
-Production of trail-related educational materials, whether on information displays, in print, video, audio, interactive computer displays, etc.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172699

Estimated Size of Grant:

Development Grants:
-Maximum: $120,000 for projects of significance
-Maximum: $50,000 for all other projects

Safety and Environmental Education Projects:
-Maximum: $5,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The state has determined it will provide funds received under this program as grants-in-aid to municipalities, other qualified sub-divisions of state government and to qualified nonprofit organizations under guidelines established by the Bureau of Parks and Lands in conjunction with the Maine Trails Advisory Committee.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Anyone considering applying is encouraged to attend one of these five RTP workshops:

-Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 2:00 - 4:00 PM at Washington County Community College, Assembly Room, Calais ME

-Thursday, April 13, 2017, 2:00 - 4:00 PM at The Gem Theater, 2nd Floor, Bethel, ME

-Thursday, April 20, 2017, 2:00 - 4:00 PM at City of Waterville Council Chambers, Waterville, ME

-Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 2:00 - 4:00 PM City of Sanford Council Chambers, Sanford, ME

-Thursday, April 27, 2017, 2:00 - 4:00 PM Caribou Recreation Center, Caribou, ME

Pre-Application Information:

Recreational Trails Program grants are made on a matching basis. The federal share of the project costs shall not be more than 80% (maximum grant amounts may be set by the state). The local share may consist of cash or state-approved donations of labor and/or materials.

Applications are due by 5:00 PM on Friday, September 29, 2017.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Pre-register for an RTP workshop here:

Douglas S. Beck, Outdoor Recreation Supervisor
(207) 624-6090

Bureau of Parks and Lands
54 Independence Drive
Augusta, Maine 04333

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