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Recreational Trails Program (RTP)

Grants to New Hampshire Nonprofits, Agencies, and
Educational Institutions to Improve Outdoor Trails

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New Hampshire Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) - New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation - Bureau of Trails (BOT)

Deadline Date:

06/30/20 Receipt by Close of Business (4:00 PM)


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Grants of up to $10,000 and grants of up to $80,000 to New Hampshire nonprofits, government agencies, and educational institutions to improve public outdoor paths and trails throughout the state. Funding is intended to support a wide range of activities that enhance both motorized and non-motorized recreational trails.

The RTP is a federally funded competitive grant program to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related activities for motorized and non-motorized recreational trail uses.

RTP funds may be used for:

  • Maintenance and Restoration of Existing Trails
  • Development and Rehabilitation of Trailside and Trailhead Facilities/linkages
  • Purchase and Lease of Trail Construction and Maintenance Equipment
    • “Buy America” provisions must be followed (or Federal waiver required: waivers unavailable until further notice)
    • Projects that include equipment purchases will be required to retain theequipment indefinitely and provide yearly accounting of the equipment to the RTP coordinator at the BOT for 4 consecutive years after purchase year.
  • Construction of New Trails
  • Educational projects for trail safety and/or environmental education

Each grant year’s appropriated program funds are divided between three trail categories:

  • 30% for Motorized trail projects including, but not limited to, snowmobiles, trail bikes, ATVs, UTVs and 4X4 vehicles.
  • 30% for Non-motorized trail projects including, but is not limited to, pedestrians, hikers, skiers, bicyclists, equestrians, snowshoes & mushers.
  • 40% for Diversified trail include projects shared by one or more users in both the Motorized and Non-motorized categories.

All applications will be placed within one of the above categories based on trail users served. Applicants compete against other projects within their designated category. Applicants should indicate the primary permitted users of the trail for both summer and winter. Projects may be awarded partial grants based on available RTP funds. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180460

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may submit a request for grants between $8,000 - $80,000 for A, B, C, D, projects. For G projects the grant amount is between $3,000 - $10,000. Each sponsoring organization may submit up to 2 applications, but may not request more than $80,000 total per grant year.

Term of Contract:

All work must be completed by contract end date. This date is usually on December 31st.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Sponsors:

-Private Organizations (registered with the NH Secretary of State)
-Nonprofit Organizations (registered with the NH Secretary of State)
-Educational Institutions/Universities (registered with the NH Secretary of State)
-State Agencies
-Federal Agencies

The program is community-based and partnerships are recommended. Sponsors are encouraged to use youth conservation or service corps as well as Disadvantaged Business Enterprises to accomplish trail projects.

Sponsors shall designate one project administrator (project administrator cannot be same person giving authorization) who will be responsible for coordinating the submission and receipt of all grant documents and who will be the primary contact for any questions or issues related to the grant.

RTP funds may not be used for:

-Feasibility Studies
-Project Planning* (*some planning allowed: must be less than 10% of total project cost)
-Construction of Paths or Sidewalks along or adjacent to Public Roads
-Paving of Trails** (**aprons at trail crossings would qualify)
-Purchase of Equipment not directly needed for Trail Projects
-Purchase of Small Power Tools such as Chainsaws, Drills, Hand tools, etc.
-Projects already Completed or in Progress
-For-Profit Trail Systems and Trail Systems that Charge a User Fee

Pre-Application Information:

All applications must be stamped in and received at DNCR by the close of business @ 4:00 PM on June 30, 2020.

This grant program is reimbursement based and requires a 20% local match by the grantee.

For additional program-related forms, see the URL for Full Text link below.

Contact Information:

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

Address applications to:

NH Bureau of Trails
RTP Coordinator
172 Pembroke Road
Concord, NH 03301

Alexis Rudko
(603) 271-3254

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