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.
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.
2020 Grant Application Period
The RTP grant program will be accepting applications from November 1, 2019 at noon to January 31, 2020 at 3:00pm.
Grant Application Trainings
All trainings are free and open to the public. Each location will have a morning and afternoon session. You are welcome to attend one or both sessions. Training Schedule (pdf)
- Tue, 11/5, 1pm-4pm, Kalispell FWP Region 1 Headquarters, 490 North Meridian Road, Kalispell, MT
- Wed, 11/6, 1pm-4pm, Missoula FWP Region 2 Headquarters, 3201 Spurgin Road, Missoula, MT
- Wed, 11/13, 9am-Noon, Helena (in-person and online) FWP Annex (3rd Floor), 1625 11th Ave, Helena, MT
- Thu, 11/14, 1pm-4pm, Billings FWP Region 5 Headquarters, 2300 Lake Elmo Drive, Billings, MT
- Wed, 11/20, 1pm-4pm, Bozeman FWP Region 3 Headquarters, 1400 South 19th, Bozeman, MT
An online training will take place Wednesday, 11/13 from 9am to Noon. Barring technical issues, this training session will be recorded and made available on the RTP website after the training. For more information on attending this training, contact Michelle McNamee.
How to Apply
Apply online at WebGrants.
2019 Grant Application Cycle - CLOSED
The deadline to apply was January 31, 2019. The next application period will open in Fall 2019. Please check back then for details.
2019 RTP Grant Proposals
- 2019 RTP Grant Proposals ( 69 KB)
Application Forms & Guidelines
- RTP Application Guidelines ( 1.2 MB)
- Recreational Trails Program Scoring Criteria ( 38 KB)
- RTP Eligible Projects ( 45 KB)
- RTP Environmental Analysis Form ( 69 KB)
- RTP Categorical Exclusion Form ( 241 KB)
- RTP Forest Service Categorical Exclusion Form ( 180 KB)
- How to Calculate Match ( 107 KB)
2018 RTP Grant Awards
2019 RTP Grant Awards
- Recreational Trails Program Glossary of Terms ( 35 KB)
- Direct and Indirect Costs Guidelines ( 85 KB)
- Snowmobile & Cross-Country Ski Clubs Grooming Information ( 55 KB)
State Trails Coordinator
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
PO Box 200701
Helena, MT 59620