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Recreational Trails Program (RTP)

Grants to South Dakota Nonprofits and Agencies to
Maintain Motorized and Non-Motorized Trails

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South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP)

Deadline Date:

04/12/19 Postmarked


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Grants starting at $40,000 to South Dakota nonprofit organizations and government agencies for the maintenance of recreational trails throughout the state. Funding is intended for projects that involve a broad range of motorized and non-motorized recreational trail uses, including, but not limited to:

- Pedestrian use
- Bicycling
- In-line skating
- Equestrian use
- Cross-country skiing
- Off-road motorcycling
- All-terrain vehicle riding
- Four wheeling
- Snowmobiling

The RTP encourages all kinds of trail enthusiasts to work together to provide a variety of recreational trail opportunities.

The RTP legislation requires states to use 30 percent of funds for motorized recreation, 30 percent for non-motorized recreation and 40 percent apportioned in a fiscal year for diverse recreational use. Diversified projects may include motorized and non-motorized uses or a combination of uses from either category. Diversified projects that include both motorized and non-motorized uses generally score higher than other projects.

Preference is given to projects that provide the greatest public benefit. For more information, see:

The RTP will fund a variety of trail projects from the following seven categories:

- Maintenance and Restoration
- Trailside and Trailhead Facilities
- Trail Construction Equipment
- New Recreational Trail Construction
- Land or Easement Acquisition
- Trail Accessibility Assessment
- Educational Projects

For more information on project categories, see :

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179109

Estimated Size of Grant:

Individual grants generally range between $40,000 and $100,000. Individual grants may be awarded for larger amounts based on the merit of the proposed project.

Term of Contract:

Reimbursement is not normally permitted for work that takes place prior to project approval. However, working capital advances may be permitted on a case-by-case basis. Prior planning and environmental assessment costs may be credited toward the non-federal share. This is limited to costs incurred less than 18 months prior to project approval.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The State of South Dakota will award grants to private, nonprofit organizations, municipal agencies, state agencies, federal agencies, and other governmental entities.

It is the intention that nonprofit RTP sponsors maintain nonprofit status throughout the duration of a project. Since this is not always possible, a successor organization must agree, in writing, to complete all RTP project responsibilities required by the contract if the original organization’s status changes. The responsibilities are identified in the RTP Project Agreement (contract). A qualified successor is any party that meets the eligibility criteria to apply for RTP funds and is capable of complying with all Project Agreement responsibilities. The Division of Parks and Recreation recommends, whenever possible, a public agency be sought as a successor.

Examples of eligible entities:

Projects Not Eligible for Funding
- Sidewalks
- Condemned Land
- Campgrounds
- Feasibility Studies
- Insurance
- Law Enforcement
- Legal Fees
- Picnic Facilities
- Playground Equipment
- Promotional Items
- Roads
- Skateboard Parks

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadline: Postmarked April 12, 2019.

All potential applicants must submit a letter of intent providing a detailed description of their proposed project.

Payment takes place on a reimbursement basis.

RTP grant funds will not exceed 80 percent of a project’s total cost. Sponsors must provide at least 20 percent of a project’s cost.

Contact Information:

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

Randy Kittle, Grants Coordinator

Mail completed application packet to:
Randy Kittle, Grants Coordinator
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks
523 E. Capitol Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501-3182

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Geographic Focus:

USA: South Dakota