Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Grant
Grants to Nevada Nonprofits and
Agencies to Improve Recreational Trails
Agencies to Improve Recreational Trails
Nevada Division of State Parks (NDSP) - Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
10/26/17 12:00 PM PST Receipt
Grants to Nevada nonprofits, government agencies, and tribal governments to improve and expand recreational trails within the state. Funding is available for motorized trails, non-motorized trails, mixed-use trails, and trail education projects.
The funding categories are defined as:
Category 1 – Educational:
Education projects are funded at the discretion of the State based on applicant interest, overall need, and the amount of projects being submitted in other categories. Funds in this category can be used for trail education programs related to safety, environmental protection, creation of publications, and training. Education programs cannot be for law-enforcement training and must support the maintenance and use of recreational trails.
Category 2 - Nonmotorized for single use:
These projects are primarily intended to benefit only one mode of nonmotorized recreational trail use, such as pedestrian only, or equestrian only. Projects serving various pedestrian uses (such as walking, hiking, running, bird-watching, education, interpretation, backpacking, etc.) constitute a single use for the purposes of this category. Note: wheelchair use by mobility-impaired individuals, whether operated manually or powered, constitutes pedestrian use, not motorized trail use. Projects serving various nonmotorized human-powered snow uses (such as skiing, snow shoeing, etc.) constitute a single use for this category.
Category 3 - Nonmotorized for diverse use:
These projects compete for funds available to either nonmotorized or diverse recreation. These projects are primarily intended to benefit more than one mode of nonmotorized recreational trail use such as: walking, bicycling, and skating; both pedestrian and equestrian use; and pedestrian use in summer and cross-country ski use in winter.
Category 4 - Diverse use (motorized and nonmotorized):
These projects are intended to benefit both nonmotorized and motorized recreational trail use. This category includes projects where motorized use is permitted, but is not the predominant beneficiary. This category includes projects where motorized and nonmotorized uses are separated by season, such as equestrian use in summer and snowmobile use in winter. Other examples: a common trailhead project serving separate ATV and bicycle trails; purchasing a machine to groom both snowmobile and cross- country ski trails.
Category 5 - Motorized for single use:
These projects are primarily intended to benefit only one mode of motorized recreational use, such as snowmobile trail grooming. A project may be classified in this category if the project also benefits some nonmotorized uses (i.e., nonmotorized uses are not excluded), but the primary intent must be for the benefit of motorized use.
Category 6 - Motorized for diverse use:
These projects compete for funds available for either motorized or diverse recreation. These projects are primarily intended to benefit more than one mode of motorized recreational use, such as: motorcycle and ATV use; or ATV use in summer and snowmobile use in winter. A project may be classified in this category if the project also benefits some nonmotorized uses (it is not necessary to exclude nonmotorized uses), but the primary intent must be for the benefit of motorized use.
A grantee may use funds received from the Recreational Trails Program to:
1. Provide for trail related educational programs, completed and reimbursed by September 30, 2018;
2. Purchase trail building tools: nonprofit citizen volunteer organizations ONLY. They must be in conjunction with current trail projects (don’t have to be RTP funded projects) and must be inventoried and reported to State Parks annually for five years after receipt from a grant;
3. Develop urban trail linkages near homes and workplaces; community gardens with trail components;
4. Maintain existing recreational trails, including the grooming and maintenance of trails across snow;
5. Restore areas damaged by unauthorized recreational use, long time wear and tear, and natural disasters;
6. Develop trailside and trailhead facilities;
7. Provide features that facilitate the access and use of trails by persons with disabilities;
8. Acquire easements for trails, or for trail corridors;
9. Acquire fee simple title to property from a willing seller when the objective of the acquisition cannot be accomplished by acquisition of an easement or by other means;
10. Construct new trails facilities including signage;
11. Maintenance of previous RTP projects that have not been funded within five (5) years of current application;
12. Construction of new trails crossing federal lands if the construction is approved by all State and/or Federal agencies charged with management of the impacted lands. Applicant must include the NEPA decision document, proof of section 106 compliance, and tribal consultation; and support letter by the agency in the grant application;
13. Landscaping of trail facilities only if a relatively small portion of an overall project;
14. Utilities that are directly related to the trail project such as lighting, drinking fountains, horse washing stations, toilets, electric, irrigation etc.
Grantees will be given 36 months to complete an RTP project, with the exception of education projects. All education projects must be completed by September 30, 2018.
Grants are available to:
A grantee may not use funds received from the Recreational Trails Program for:
1. The purchase of promotional items such as pens, cups, shoelaces, key chains, baseball caps, paperweights, magnets, matchbooks, patches, t-shirts, scissors, balloons, or buttons. Nor may the value of such items be used as a match for Federal funds.
2. Condemnation of any kind or interest in property;
3. Construction of any recreational trail on federal land that is inconsistent with approved land and resource management plans;
4. Trail Feasibility Studies: Permissible use relates to actual on-the-ground trail projects.
5. Trail Planning: A project proposal solely for the purpose of trail planning is not eligible for funding. However, if trail planning is a relatively small portion of an overall trail project (15%), it may be allowed.
6. Sidewalks or bike lanes: RTP funds should not be used to provide sidewalks along or adjacent to public roads or streets, unless the path or sidewalk is needed to complete a missing link between other recreational trails. Bike lanes in the road are not eligible.
7. Parks: Parks and park-related features such as picnic areas, day use, camping areas, or amphitheaters are not eligible. Trail components or associated facilities must specifically serve the purpose and safe use of the recreational trail.
8. Operations: Trail or park operations are not eligible (annual management and/or maintenance of a facility or area).
9. Law Enforcement costs.
Nevada’s FY 2018 RTP apportionment for projects is approximately $1,250,000:
-40 % or $500,000 shall be used for recreational trail or related projects that facilitate diverse recreational trail use within a recreational trail corridor, trailside, or trailhead, regardless of whether the project is for diverse motorized use, for diverse nonmotorized use, or to accommodate both motorized and nonmotorized recreational trail use;
-30 % or $375,000 shall be used for uses relating to motorized recreation; and
-30 % or $375,000 shall be used for uses relating to nonmotorized recreation.
-The State has the option of using up to 5% for education projects. If the State chooses not to use the 5%, this money is redistributed into the assured access funding categories (motorized, nonmotorized and diversified) according to the required 40/30/30 distribution.
-Federal requirements allow a maximum of 7% of the state’s apportionment to be used by the state to administer the program.
There is a required matching share from a grantee. In Nevada, the match requirements are: 20% of a grant request for nonmotorized and education projects and 5% of the amount requested for motorized projects.
Applications must be received by October 26, 2017, 12:00 PM, Pacific Standard Time. Postmarks will not be accepted.
In addition to completing the application, each applicant will be required to attend the RTP committee meeting and present their proposal.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Janice Keillor, State Trails Administrator
Art Krupicz, Grants and Cultural Resource Assistant
(775) 684- 2775
Nevada Division of State Parks
901 S. Stewart Street, Suite 5005
Carson City, NV 89701
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