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Recreational Trails Program (RTP)

Program Overview

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) provides funds annually for recreational trails and trails-related projects. The RTP is administered at the federal level by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). RTP is administered at the state level by the California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR). Motorized projects are administered by the Department’s Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division and non-motorized projects are administered by the Department’s Office of Grants and Local Services.

MOTORIZED RTP Project Application Filing Deadline:
The Motorized RTP Project application must be postmarked no later than Wednesday, September 30, 2015.

Eligible Applicants:
Cities and Counties
State Agencies
Federal Agencies
Non-Profit Organizations with management responsibilities of public lands

Maximum and Minimum Grant Request: There is no maximum or minimum limit on grant request amounts; grant requests between $100,000 and $1,000,000 are encouraged.

Match Requirement: The maximum amount of RTP funds allowed for each project is 88% of the total project cost. The applicant is responsible for obtaining a match amount that is at least 12% of the total project cost.

Eligible Match Sources:
State funds, including State Grant funds
Local funds, including general funds and bond funds
Private funds
Donated materials and services
Value of donated land (for Acquisition projects only)
Other federal funds

Send motorized applications to:
California State Parks
Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division
1725 23rd Street, Suite 200
Sacramento, CA 95816

Program Guidelines:
The California Department of Parks and Recreation has approved regulations for the Recreational Trails Program.  (Title 14, California Code of Regulations Chapter 11.7, Section 4860)

RTP Procedural Guide
To apply, use the “Procedural Guide, Final, June 4, 2007”. The Guide contains all program information and required application documents.
       RTP Procedural Guide

Federal Application Requirements:
Unless otherwise noted, all applicants are required to comply with the following after the State recommends the project for funding:

 Compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and documentation*.
 Completion of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 process and documentation.
 Listing of the project on either the State Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP) or a local Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP), as applicable.
 For acquisition projects, applicants must obtain an appraisal that conforms to the Uniform Appraisal Standards for Federal Land Acquisitions (UASFLA).

*Note completed NEPA is required for projects on federal land prior to the September 30 application due date.

More information about these federal application requirements can also be found in the RTP Procedural Guide, dated Final, June 4, 2007, on page 51.

Partnership Opportunities:
The Recreational Trails Program encourages applicants to develop cooperative agreements with qualified youth conservation or service corps to perform trail construction and maintenance. The California Conservation Corps (CCC) is one of the many organizations that can assist with trail construction, maintenance, repair and restoration. To learn more about how the CCC might be able to assist you, please call (916) 341-3100 or visit the CCC’s website.

Payment Request Form
       Download the RTP Payment Request Form