Recreational Trails Program - Ohio

Ohio Department of Natural Resources

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Grant amount: Up to US $150,000

Anticipated deadline: Mar 2, 2021

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit Elementary / Secondary School College / University

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: Ohio

Location of residency: Preferred: Ohio Other eligible locations: United States

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Introduction and Purpose

The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act commonly referred to as MAP-21 (PL 112- 141), reauthorized the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) through Federal fiscal years 2013 and 2014, which was originally established as the National Recreational Trails Fund at significantly higher funding levels than in the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (PL 111-68), commonly referred to as SAFETEA-LU.

The RTP provides for the transfer of federal gas taxes paid on fuel used in off-highway vehicles used for recreational purposes. The funds can be used to assist government agencies and trail groups in the rehabilitation, development, maintenance, and acquisition of recreational trails and related facilities. The trails may be motorized, non-motorized, or multiple use trails. RTP 

Recreational Trails Program (RTP)

  • This is a reimbursement grant program that provides upto-80 percent project funding.
  • This grant program is federally funded and is administered by the ODNR in cooperation with the FHWA.
  • The following types of projects are eligible for RTP funding:
    • New recreational trail construction (non-motorized and motorized)
    • Trail maintenance/restoration
    • Trailside and trailhead facilities (for example, parking restrooms, potable water, etc.)
    • Purchase/lease of recreational trail construction and maintenance equipment
    • Acquisition of easements and property for recreational trails or recreational trail corridors
    • Educational programs promoting trail safety and environmental protection (These projects cannot exceed 5 percent of Ohio’s annual RTP apportionment.)

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  • Eligible Applicants
    • 1. Political Subdivisions of Ohio
      • cities, villages
      • counties
      • townships
      • special districts such as park districts, joint recreation boards, or conservancy districts
      • jointly sponsored projects between political subdivisions
    • 2. State Government Agencies
      • ODNR
      • Ohio Historical Society
      • Other state agencies
    • 3. Federal Government Agencies
      • National Park Service
      • U.S. Forest Service
      • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
      • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
      • Other federal agencies
    • 4. Non-profit organizations
  • Types of Eligible RTP Projects
    • Maintenance and restoration of existing trails
    • Development and rehabilitation of trailside and trailhead facilities and trail linkages for recreational trails. Trailside and trailhead facilities include, but are not limited to the following:
      • drainage;
      • crossings;
      • stabilization;
      • parking;
      • signage;
      • control devices (signs, signals, and markings);
      • shelters, and
      • water, sanitary and access facilities.
    • Purchase or lease of recreational trail construction and maintenance equipment;
    • Construction of new recreational trails, except that, in the case of new recreational trails crossing Federal lands, construction of the trails shall be;
      • permissible under other law;
      • necessary and required by a statewide comprehensive outdoor recreation plan that is required by the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965 (16 U.S.C. 4601-4 et seq.) and that is in effect;
      • approved by the administering agency of the State designated under subsection (c)(1); and approved by each Federal agency having jurisdiction over the affected lands under such terms and conditions as the head of the Federal agency determines to be appropriate, except that the approval shall be contingent on compliance by the Federal agency with all applicable laws, including the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), the Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Planning Act of 1974 (16 U.S.C. 1600 et seq.);
    • Acquisition of easements and fee simple title to property for recreational trails or recreational trail corridors;
    • Operation of educational programs to promote safety and environmental protection as those objectives relate to the use of recreational trails, but in an amount not to exceed 5 percent of the apportionment made to the State for the fiscal year. 
  • RTP will reimburse up to 80 percent of total approved project costs. The remainder of the costs will be borne by the project sponsor. 


  • Recreational Trails Program funds may NOT be used for any of the following:
    • Condemnation of any kind of interest in property;
    • Construction of any recreational trail on National Forest System land for any motorized use unless: 
      • the land has been designated for uses other than wilderness by an approved forest land and resource management plan or has been released to uses other than wilderness by an Act of Congress; and
      • the construction is otherwise consistent with the management direction in the approved forest land and resource management plan;
    • Upgrading, expanding, or otherwise facilitating motorized use or access to recreational trails predominantly used by non-motorized recreational trail users and on which, as of May 1, 1991, motorized use was prohibited or had not occurred.