NH Recreational Trails Program (RTP)

New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation

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Grant amount: US $3,000 - US $80,000

Deadline: Jun 19, 2020 1:00pm PDT (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Government Entity For-Profit Business Nonprofit College / University Elementary / Secondary School

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: New Hampshire

Location of residency: New Hampshire

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NOTE: Usually there is a mandatory workshop requirement for applying to the RTP grant; however this requirement will be waived for this year only due to the ongoing situation. 

Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is a competitive grant program that offers funding for quality public trail projects throughout New Hampshire. Limited grants are available for motorized, non-motorized and diversified trails. Eligible projects include maintenance and restoration of existing trails, purchase and lease of trail construction and maintenance equipment, construction of new trails, development and rehabilitation of trailside and trailhead facilities and trail linkages. 

Funding for the Recreational Trail Program is generated from federal gas tax dollars paid on fuel purchases for off-highway recreational vehicles and snowmobiles. These funds are appropriated to the states by the Federal Highway Administration as authorized through the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The program in New Hampshire is administered by the Bureau of Trails.

All applications will be placed within one of  categories based on trail users served: 

  • Motorized trail projects including, but not limited to, snowmobiles, trail bikes, ATVs, UTVs and 4X4 vehicles.
  • Non-motorized trail projects including, but is not limited to, pedestrians, hikers, skiers, bicyclists, equestrians, snowshoes & mushers.
  • Diversified trail include projects shared by one or more users in both the Motorized and Non-motorized categories

Applicants may submit a request for grants between $8,000-$80,000 for all project types except "Educational projects for safety and/or environmental protection" where the grant amount is between $3,000-$10,000. 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Who can apply: 
  • RTP funds may be used for:
    • Maintenance and Restoration of Existing Trails
    • Development and Rehabilitation of Trailside and Trailhead Facilities/linkages
    •  Purchase and Lease of Trail Construction and Maintenance Equipment
      • “Buy America” provisions must be followed (or Federal waiver required).
      • Projects that include equipment purchases will be required to retain the equipment indefinitely and provide  yearly accounting of the equipment to the RTP coordinator at the BOT for 4 consecutive years after purchase year.
    • Construction of New Trails
    • Educational projects for safety and/or environmental protection
  •  The applicant must pledge a minimum of 20% of the total project value (not 20% of the grant request).



  • RTP funds may not be used for:
    • Feasibility Studies
    • Project Planning* (*some planning allowed: must be less than 10% of total project cost)
    • Construction of Paths or Sidewalks along or adjacent to Public Roads
    • Paving of Trails
    • Purchase of Equipment not directly needed for Trail Projects
    • Small Power Tools such as Chainsaws and Drills
    • Projects already Completed or in Progress
    • For-Profit Trail Systems and Trail Systems that Charge a User Fee