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Recreational Trails Program (RTP)

Grants to Alabama Government Agencies to Improve
and Develop Trails for Recreational Purposes

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Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA)

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02/09/18 12:00 PM Noon


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Grants to Alabama government agencies for the acquisition, development, or improvement of motorized and non-motorized recreational trails and related resources. Applicants requesting support for trail education projects must contact program staff prior to applying. All applicants are strongly encouraged to seek out technical support in preparing an application.

Applications may be submitted for one or more of the following activities:
-The development of urban trail linkages near homes and workplaces (this category includes trail linkages to schools, parks, and existing trails)
-Maintenance and restoration of existing recreational trails
-The restoration of areas damaged by the use of recreational trails and back country terrain
-The development of trailside and trailhead facilities. This includes trail components or associated trail facilities and may include, but are not limited to, the following: 1) Drainage, 2) Crossings, 3) Stabilization, 4) Parking, 5) Signage, 6) Controls, 7) Shelters, and 8) Water, Sanitary, and Access Facilities
-The provision of features which facilitate the access and use of trails by persons with disabilities
-The acquisition of easements for trails, or for corridors identified in a state trail plan
-The acquisition of fee simple title to property from a willing seller for trail development
-The construction of new trails on state, county, municipal, or private lands, where a recreational need for such construction is shown
-Only as otherwise permissible, and where necessary and required by a State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP), construction of new trails crossing Federal lands, where such construction is approved by the administering agency of the state and the Federal agency or agencies charged with management of all impacted lands, with the approval contingent upon the Federal agency complying with all applicable laws
-The assessment of trail conditions for accessibility and maintenance
-The operation of educational programs to promote safety and environmental protection as those objectives relate to the use of recreational trails

Types of Trail Projects:

At least thirty percent of Alabama’s RTP funds must be used for motorized trail projects, at least 30 percent for non-motorized trail projects, and at least 40 percent for diverse-use trail projects. Diverse-use motorized projects (such as ATV and motorcycle use) or diverse-use non-motorized projects (such as pedestrian and equestrian use) may satisfy two of these categories at the same time. The state encourages applicants to consider projects that benefit both motorized and non-motorized users, such as common trailhead facilities, when feasible.

Non-Motorized For A Single Use:

A project primarily intended to benefit only one mode of non-motorized recreational trail use, such as pedestrian only, or equestrian only. Projects serving various pedestrian uses (such as walking, hiking, skating, wheelchair use, running, bird watching, nature interpretation, backpacking, etc.) constitute a single use for the purposes of this category. This category also includes trailhead and trailside improvements for non-motorized, single use trails (such as lighting).

Non-Motorized For Diverse-Use:

A project primarily intended to benefit more than one mode of non-motorized recreational trail use, such as walking, skating, and bicycling; pedestrian and equestrian use; equestrian and bicycle use, etc.

Motorized For Diverse-Use:

A project primarily intended to benefit more than one mode of motorized recreational use, such as, motorcycle and ATV use; ATV and 4x4 OHV (truck) use; etc. A project may be classified in this category if the project also benefits some non-motorized uses (it is not necessary to exclude non-motorized uses), but the primary intent must be for the benefit of motorized use.

Educational Projects:

Development and dissemination of publications and operation of educational programs to promote safety and environmental protection.

Typical education projects may include:
-Development and operation of trail safety education programs
-Development and operation of trail-related environmental education programs
-Development and delivery of training on trail accessibility and sustainability
-Production of trail-related educational materials, including information displays, in print, video, audio, interactive computer displays, etc.
-Development and delivery of training that promotes safety or environmental protection related to recreational trails. This includes training related to trail design, construction, maintenance, operation, and assessment, because each of these steps can relate directly to safety and environmental protection. Note: this does not include training related to club or organizational development or grant-writing skills.
-Development or support of publications related to trail design, construction, maintenance, operation, and assessment, because these steps relate to safety and environmental protection

NOTE: Some materials may only be partially educational. For example, the development/printing of a trail system map generally is not considered an educational project. However, if one side of the map is dedicated to trail safety and environmental protection education, then educational funds may participate in half of the development/printing cost.

Other Application/Project Information:

Project sponsors have statutory responsibilities to provide opportunities for the participation of people with disabilities in recreational trails activities funded under the RTP. Federal laws that affect the design, construction, alteration, and operation of trail facilities include the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968 (ABA), Section 504 of the Rehabiliation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). The ADA prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity and access for persons with disabilities. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act states that no otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States, as defined in section 7(20), shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. The ABA requires that facilities designed, built, altered, or leased with funds supplied by the United States Federal Government be accessible to the public. Current regulations implementing these statutes contain requirements that apply to existing trail construction and program operations and adopt technical standards to guide new trail construction and alterations of existing networks.

-Buildings and facilities newly-constructed or altered with Federal funds are subject to the accessibility requirements contained in the Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards (UFAS), the standard currently referenced in the ABA.

-Accessibility in Federally-assisted programs is governed by the requirements of the United States Department of Transportation regulations (49 CFR Part 27) implementing Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. 794).

-The United States Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Title II implementing regulations (28 CFR Part 35) describe the obligations of State and local governments for existing facilities and program operations, and require Title II entities (public entities) to comply with either UFAS or the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) developed by the United States Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board when constructing or altering facilities. Private sector entities, including lessees, concessionaires, and contractors to State and local governments, are governed by the DOJ Title III implementing regulations, which adopt ADAAG as the standard for accessible design.

Applicants are encouraged to enter into contracts and cooperative agreements with qualified youth conservation or service corps for the performance of construction and maintenance of recreational trails and to submit innovative project proposals to make environmental improvements to existing trail facilities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178185

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant amount is $200,000 for non-motorized, single-use trail projects; $400,000 for non-motorized, diverse-use trail projects; $500,000 for motorized, diverse-use trail projects; and $87,489 for educational projects which promote safety and environmental protection.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include:
-Local Governments
-State Agencies
-Federal Agencies
-Public Sector sponsor on behalf of a Private Organization

All applicants must be currently registered in with a unique Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number. Applications from project sponsors not meeting this criterion will be deemed ineligible and will not be reviewed.

Prospective applicants are not eligible to apply if:
-The entity has an open Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) or RTP grant as of February 9, 2018.
-The entity has unresolved compliance issues from a previous LWCF or RTP grant.
-The entity did not respond in writing to a LWCF or RTP inspection report which contained deficiencies and the entity has not obtained approval of a Corrective Action Plan for previous compliance issues.

Pre-Application Information:

The Federal share for the RTP is up to 80% of the total eligible project costs up to the grant ceiling. The non-Federal share (at least 20%) may come from state, local, or private sources. Other Federal shares cannot be used as a source of match unless specific legislation allows funds to be used for the matching share (e.g., HUD Community Development Block Grants (P.L. 93-383), Public Works Employment Act of 1976 (P.L. 94-369).

A Federal agency sponsor may use its own funds toward a RTP project as additional Federal share until the total Federal share reaches 95 percent of the total project cost. This limitation is intended to ensure commitment to the project from state, local, or private co-sponsors.

Allowable matching sources include cash, in-kind, and/or donations.

For Educational Projects, interested parties must consult with ADECA’s Recreation and Conservation Programs staff prior to submitting an application.

Technical assistance prior to application preparation is strongly recommended.

RTP applications will be accepted until 12:00 Noon, February 9, 2018.

Contact Information:

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

Shante’ Holley, Recreation and Conservation Programs Specialist

William Robbins, Recreation and Conservation Programs Specialist

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama