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Recreational Trails Program (RTP)

Grants to Mississippi Nonprofits, Agencies, and Commissions
to Enhance Motorized and Non-Motorized Trails

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Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) – Outdoor Recreation Grants (ORG) Division

Deadline Date:

03/21/19 4:00 PM CST Receipt


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Grants to Mississippi nonprofit organizations, commissions, and government agencies for the development and maintenance of motorized, non-motorized, and diversified recreational trails and related facilities. Funding is intended to support the construction of new trails that will benefit the natural environment, as well as the redesign, reconstruction, non-routine maintenance, or relocation of trails that mitigate and minimize the impact to the natural environment.

The purpose of the program is to provide and maintain recreational trails and trails-related facilities identified in, or that further a specific goal of, a Recreational Trails Plan, or the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP), as required by the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund Act (LWCF). The law specifies that 30 percent of the funds must be used for motorized projects, 30 percent for non-motorized and 40 percent for diverse projects that can be utilized by both.

Project sponsors are encouraged to work in partnership with trail-user groups, volunteer groups, the business community, local, state, and federal agencies to develop projects that benefit the various modes of trail uses in a safe and satisfying manner.

Eligible Projects:
-Construction of new trails (with restrictions for new trails on Federal lands).
-Maintenance and restoration of existing trails.
-Development and rehabilitation of trailside and trailhead facilities and trail linkages.
-Purchase of trail construction and maintenance equipment.
-Development and dissemination of publications and operation of educational programs to promote safety and environmental protection related to trails (including supporting non-law enforcement trail safety and trail use monitoring patrol programs, and providing trail-related training) (limited to 5 percent of a State's funds).
-State administrative costs related to this program (limited to 7 percent of a State's funds).

Funding will be limited for the following items, unless need is fully and completely documented: Lighting, Fencing, Landscaping, Parking, and Restroom Facilities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178016

Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum grant award will be $8,000 and the maximum grant award will be $120,000 for non-motorized projects. There is no cap for motorized projects.

Term of Contract:

Once Project Agreement is executed, work is to begin on site within 90 days.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The MDWFP will provide funds received under this Act as reimbursement grants to federal and state agencies, local governments, legally constituted authorities or commissions, and non-profit conservation organizations for projects on publicly held lands and/or lands held by non-profit organizations.

All lands on which RTP funds are expended must be open and operated as an outdoor recreation area for use by the general public. Non-profit organizations must provide documentation proving the organization which funds are to be expended have been operated as an outdoor recreation area and have been open for public use for at least 5 years.

Uses Not Permitted:

Pre-Application Information:

The application shall be received no later than 4:00 PM, March 21, 2019.

The program provides 80/20 matching grants.

The RTP is a reimbursement program; therefore, the grant recipient must pay 100% of the cost of an item before submitting a request for reimbursement for 80% of eligible costs.

The program encourages the donation of private funds, materials, and services at fair market value. These donations can be counted toward the applicants required match. However, a project sponsor cannot donate existing materials, or services. The RTP may allow other federal funds, materials, programs (AmeriCorps, etc.), or services to be used as the applicants match. Federal applicants are required to have a 5% (minimum) local/non federal match. The match formula would then be 80%-15%- 5%.


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Contact Information:

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

Terry McDill, Grant Administrator
(601) 432-2227

Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive Jackson
Mississippi 39211-6374

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USA: Mississippi