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Recreational Trails Program (RTP)

Grants to Utah Nonprofits and Agencies to Maintain and
Develop Motorized and Non-Motorized Recreational Trails

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Utah Division of Natural Resources (DNR) - Utah Division of State Parks and Recreation

Deadline Date:

05/01/19 5:00 PM


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Grants to Utah nonprofit organizations and government agencies to construct and maintain recreational trails and trailhead facilities. Projects may include both motorized and non-motorized trails. Funding is intend for construction and maintenance of trails and trail-related facilities, including the development of staging areas, trailheads, and restroom facilities.

Below is a list of eligible types of projects:
-Maintenance and restoration of existing trails,
-Development and rehabilitation of trails and trailhead facilities,
-Trail connectivity,
-Purchase and lease of trail construction and maintenance equipment,
-Construction of new trails (with restrictions for new trails on Federal lands),
-Acquisition of property for trails/trailheads,
-Assessment of trail conditions for accessibility and maintenance, and
-Development and dissemination of publications and operations of education 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).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180639

Estimated Size of Grant:

Due to the overall level of funding available for grant awards, applicants are requested to limit their total request to no more than $100,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Project land may be city, county, state, federal, or privately owned.

If land is owned by other than applicant agency, the applicants must include copies of leases, easements or other agreements for use of land; or a letter from the landowner specifying that the landowner will permit the project on their land and will execute the appropriate legal document in a timely manner.

Nonprofit applicants must include proof of 501(c)(3) status.

RTP funding may not be used for non-trail related activities such as the development of campgrounds, purchase of picnic tables, landscaping, or irrigation system development, nor may it be used for law enforcement or similar patrols.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be in the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation Salt Lake Office on or before 5:00 PM, May 1, 2019. Late applications will not be accepted.

In preparation for submitting an application, project proponents are encouraged to contact Chris Haller for guidance and to discuss project (see details in Contact Information, below).

All funding awarded under the RTP program is subject to a 50/50 sponsor match. Match may be comprised of sponsor cash, in-kind services, volunteer labor, or donations. An additional requirement for a 5% non-federal share is imposed on federal agencies applying for funding.

Projects that meet the standard for funding are submitted to the Combined Trails Advisory Council for review and funding recommendation. The Combined Trails Advisory Council generally meets during August to finalize the award list. The finalized list of projects to be funded under RTP is submitted to the Director of the Division of State Parks and Recreation for administrative approval and funding. Projects authorized for funding are placed on the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) list. After the fall State Parks Board meeting, project sponsors recommended for RTP funding are contacted by Utah State Parks staff for a meeting. Sponsors are given an environmental clearance checklist to complete and fiscal assistance contracts to sign.

Upon completion of the project, the sponsor submits a request for reimbursement of cost to the state. A final inspection is completed, and payment is made.

Contact Information:

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

Chris Haller, OHV and RTP Coordinator
(801) 349-0487

Please submit applications to:

Rachel Toker
Utah Division of Parks and Recreation
1594 West North Temple, Suite 116
PO Box 146001
Salt Lake City UT 84114-6001

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