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.
2019 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)
- Tuesday, October 30, 9am-4pm, Kalispell
FWP Region 1 Headquarters, 490 North Meridian Road, Kalispell, MT
- Thursday, November 1, 9am-4pm, Lolo
Travelers Rest State Park, 6717 Highway 12 W, Lolo, MT
- Wednesday, November 7, 9am-4pm, Helena
Montana WILD, 2668 Broadwater Ave, Helena, MT
- Wednesday, November 14, 9am-4pm, Bozeman
FWP Region 3 Headquarters, 1400 South 19th, Bozeman, MT
- Thursday, November 15, 9am-4pm, Billings
FWP Region 5 Headquarters, 2300 Lake Elmo Drive, Billings, MT
2019 Grant Application Period
The RTP grant program will be accepting applications from November 1, 2018 to January 31, 2019 at 11:59pm.
How to Apply
Apply online at WebGrants.
2018 Grant Application Cycle - CLOSED
The deadline to apply was February 1, 2018 at 5 pm. The next application period will open in November 2018. Please check back in Fall for details.
2019 Application Information
Application Forms & Guidelines
- 2019 RTP Application Guidelines ( 1.2 MB)
- Recreational Trails Program Scoring Criteria ( 38 KB)
- RTP Eligible Projects ( 45 KB)
- 2019 RTP Environmental Analysis Form ( 69 KB)
- 2019 RTP Categorical Exclusion Form ( 241 KB)
- 2019 RTP Forest Service Categorical Exclusion Form ( 180 KB)
- How to Calculate Match ( 107 KB)
2018 RTP Grant Awards
2018 RTP Grant Proposals
- 2018 RTP Grant Proposals ( 69 KB)
- 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