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.
NEW Grant Application Cycle - OPEN
November 22, 2016 - February 1, 2017
Submit your grant application online through WebGrants, Montana's grant and loan portal.
Application deadline is February 1, 2017 at 5 pm.
2018 Grant Application Cycle - OPEN
The RTP grant program is accepting applications from November 9, 2017 through February 1, 2018 at 5pm.
2018 Grant Application Cycle - CLOSED
The deadline to apply was February 1, 2018 at 5 pm. The next application period will open in November 2019. Please check back in Fall for details.
2017 RTP Grant Proposals
- 2017 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
- Application Guidelines ( 86 KB)
- Recreational Trails Program Scoring Criteria ( 38.42 KB)
- RTP Eligible Projects ( 45.08 KB)
- Big Grant Guidelines ( 38 KB)
- Environmental Review Tiering Form ( 37 KB)
- MEPA/NEPA Checklist ( 210 KB)
- MEPA/NEPA Categorical Exclusion Form ( 23 KB)
- How to Calculate Match ( 107 KB)
How to Apply
All applicants must register as a user and submit their grant applications online at Montana WebGrants .
- See WebGrants Registration Instructions ( 193 KB) for details.
Application Deadline: Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 5pm
Application Training Sessions
Learn more about the RTP Grant application process.
- November 29th – Bozeman – FWP Region 3 Conference Room—10:00 am - 1:00 pm
- December 1st – Helena – FWP Annex Building Conference Room—10:30 am - 1:30 pm
- December 1st – Video-Conference or Skype Option in Billings (FWP Region 5 HQ) and Miles City (FWP Region 7 HQ)—10:30 am - 1:30 pm
- December 6th – Kalispell – FWP Region 1 Conference Room—1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
- December 7th – Missoula – FWP Region 2 Conference Room—10:00 am - 1:00 pm
How to Connect to Video Conference
Join by phone
406-444-4647, access code: 7518905 (Helena Capitol Campus Region) Find a local number
Conference ID: 7518905 (same as access code above)
Last Year's Recipients
Interim Recreational Trails Program Manager
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
PO Box 200701
Helena, MT 59620