Recreational Trails Program
Recreational trails provide benefits for all of us that include: public health, economic, transportation, and local community pride and identity.The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) provides funds to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities in Montana.
Montana State Parks administers the Recreational Trails Program (RTP), a federally funded grants program that supports Montana’s trails.
The RTP funds come from the Federal Highway Trust Fund, and represent a portion of the motor fuel excise tax collected from nonhighway recreational fuel use: fuel used for off-highway recreation by snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, off-highway motorcycles, and off-highway light trucks.
In July 2012, Congress passed and the President signed the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). MAP-21 is a two-year transportation bill providing funding for federal highway, transit, alternative transportation, and safety programs through September 30, 2014. The Federal Highway Administration has now released guidance on the Transportation Alternatives Program. MAP-21 was extended through December 2015. In December 2015, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act was passed which will fund the RTP for five years.
RTP applicants can include federal, tribal, state, county or city agencies, private associations and clubs. Examples of eligible projects include: urban trail development, basic front and backcountry trail maintenance, restoration of areas damaged by trail use, development of trailside facilities, and educational and safety projects related to trails.
Montana State Parks collaborates with the State Trails Advisory Committee to review the RTP applicants each year. In 2012, the RTP moved to an online WebGrants application format at www.fundingmt.org.
Current Grant Application Cycle - CLOSED
2016 grant application period is now closed. The deadline to apply was March 11, 2016.
2016 RTP Grant Recipients
2016 RTP Grant Proposals
- 2016 RTP Grant Proposals ( 69 KB)
- Recreational Trails Program Glossary of Terms ( 34.80 KB)
- Direct and Indirect Costs Guidelines ( 85 KB)
- Snowmobile & Cross-Country Ski Clubs Grooming Information ( 55 KB)
Application Forms & Guidelines
In 2012, the RTP moved to an online WebGrants application format at fundingmt.org
- Application Guidelines ( 86 KB)
- Recreational Trails Program Scoring Criteria ( 38.42 KB)
- RTP Eligible Projects ( 45.08 KB)
- RTP Set–Aside Grant Guidelines ( 18.KB)
- Big Grant Guidelines ( 38 KB)
- Environmental Review Tiering Form ( 37 KB)
- MEPA/NEPA Tiering Form ( 23 KB)