Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Grant
Grants to Nebraska Political Subdivisions to Construct
and Maintain Trails for Recreational Purposes
and Maintain Trails for Recreational Purposes
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC)
09/01/17 Delivered by 5:00 PM or Postmarked
Grants starting at $50,000 to Nebraska political subdivisions to purchase land, develop, and maintain motorized and non-motorized trails for recreational purposes. Applications must be received at least four weeks prior to the deadline. Funding can be used for renovation and repair, support facilities, land acquisition, and trail development.
This fund is specifically for land acquisition for motorized or non-motorized trails, motorized or non-motorized trail development, trail-related support facilities and maintenance of both motorized and non-motorized trails. Sponsors must have ownership or control (lease or easement) of the trail corridor or property that will be developed.
Projects must fall under the following categories to be eligible for funding:
- Maintenance and restoration of existing trails
- Development and rehabilitation of trailside and trailhead facilities and trail linkages
- Purchase and lease of trail construction and maintenance equipment
- Construction of new trails (with restriction for new trails on Federal lands)
- Acquisition of easements or property for trails
- Assessment of trail conditions for accessibility and maintenance
In recent years, maintenance of trails has become an issue of concern. Therefore, it has been decided to require that a project sponsor include a maintenance plan with the RTP application. The maintenance plan shall include on an annual basis, cost estimates of routine maintenance (fencing, repairs to surface, spraying for weeds, mowing, replacement of signage, snow removal…etc.), a maintenance schedule for the care of the project, what type of labor will be used to maintain the trail (Adopt-a-trail volunteer programs are highly recommended), and how the sponsor plans to pay for the maintenance during the life of the project (25 years for nonmotorized, 10 years for motorized).
The minimum grant requirement is $50,000 and the maximum grant amount that can be requested is $250,000 for projects.
From the date of authorization of funds from Federal Highway Administration and contracts have been signed between NGPC and the Project Sponsor, the project will have two years to complete the project. Extension(s) may be granted, IF requested in writing 30 days prior to the deadline set in the contract. However, recent changes to federal Grant Implementation Guidance requires a set deadline in the federal Funding Request that may be different than the contract deadline but, once established, cannot be changed.
Eligible applicants are political subdivisions of the State of Nebraska who will have long-term responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the trail project. Non-profit organizations and Foundations are not eligible to apply for funds. Private organizations, individuals, and corporations may assist the grant applicants on the project through their contributions of funding, but they CANNOT be the project sponsor or the financial pass-through.
NGPC must receive the application at least 4 weeks prior to the deadline for time to review and get back to the political sponsor for additions and/or corrections by the sponsor.
This is an 80/20 grant, where the federal share is 80% of the total allowable cost and the local matching share is 20%. The match may be derived from one or a combination of state, local, and sometimes federal or private funds. Cash, design engineering, environmental costs, and/or forced labor of political subdivisions are allowed as part of the local matching share.
Project sponsors will be required to document the costs prior to obtaining reimbursement. At a minimum, 5% of the match must be in cash. Volunteer labor does not count as part of the local match. Grant funds will only be awarded to sponsors who have the local match on hand at the application due date so the project can be completed in a timely manner.
RTP is a reimbursement program, which means the grant sponsor first incurs the cost for the project and then is reimbursed up to 80% of the allowable costs or whatever percentage is in the signed contract between the political subdivision and NGPC.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Send or deliver to:
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
Attn: Kirk Nelson
2200 N. 33rd St. P.O. Box 3037
Lincoln, NE 68503-0370
You will be required to send an electronic version of the complete grant application to email@example.com
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