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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.

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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 - OPEN

The RTP grant program is accepting applications from November 1, 2019 at noon to January 31, 2020 at 3:00pm.

Online Training

Learn tips on writing a competitive application for 2020 in this RTP application webinar.

Grant Application Trainings

Online Training

Learn tips on writing a competitive application for 2020 in this RTP application webinar.

In-Person Trainings

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

How to Apply

Apply online at WebGrants.

Application Deadline: Friday, January 31, 2020 at 3:00pm.

2020 RTP Grant Awards
2020 RTP Grant Proposals

The Montana State Trails Advisory Committee held its Funding Decision meeting on April 16 and April 17, 2020. The meeting was open to the public.

2020 Grant Application Cycle - CLOSED

The deadline to apply was January 31, 2020. The next application period will open in Fall 2020. Please check back then for details.

Application Forms & Guidelines
General Information

Reimbursement Claim Forms »


Carissa Beckwith
Recreation Trails Program Manager
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
PO Box 200701
Helena, MT 59620
(406) 444-3343


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