Recreational Trails Program in Florida (RTP)

Florida Department of Environmental Protection


Grant amount: US $50,000 - US $500,000

Anticipated deadline: Dec 15, 2018

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Florida

Location of residency: Florida

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Overview:

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is a federally funded competitive grant program that provides financial assistance to agencies of city, county, state or federal governments, and organizations, approved by the State, or state and federally recognized Indian tribal governments, for the development of recreational trails, trailheads and trailside facilities. The program has been shifted from OGT to the FDEP Office of Operations, Land and Recreation Grants.

Project Types

The primary purpose of the project must be for providing recreational trails for the public and may include Motorized Trail, Nonmotorized Trail, and Mixed-Use Trail projects which facilitate recreational trail use. Recreational Trail means a thoroughfare or track across land or water, used for recreational purposes such as bicycling, day hiking, equestrian activities, jogging or similar fitness activities, trail biking, overnight and long distance backpacking, roller skating, in-line skating, running, aquatic or water activity and vehicular travel by motorcycle, four-wheel drive, all terrain off-road vehicles or dune buggies per 62S-2.070 (39), F.A.C. Projects may include facilities such as boat launches, docks, and related facilities to create or enhance recreational trail opportunities.

Maximum Grant Requests

The maximum grant amount per project type is as follows:

  • Nonmotorized Trail: $200,000;
  • Mixed Use Trail: $500,000;
  • Motorized Trail: $500,000.

Grant awards are distributed on a reimbursement basis and are contingent upon an apportionment from the Federal Highway Administration and expenditure authorization by the Florida Legislature. 

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

Eligibility:

  • Eligible applicants include:
    • all local governmental entities and state or federal agencies,
    • federally or state recognized indian tribal governments which have the legal responsibility for the provision of outdoor recreational sites and facilities for the use and benefit of the public, and
    • organizations recognized as active Florida non-profit corporations which have an agreement with government agency to develop public lands.
  • Eligible project sites: 
    •  The site of a proposed RTP project shall be on public lands.
    • The site shall be owned by the applicant or government on or before the closing date of the application submission period.
    • A site not owned by the applicant or government shall be under the applicant’s or government’s control by a 99-year lease or similar control, such that the applicant has the legal ability to dedicate and manage the site for public recreational trail use pursuant to subsections 62S-2.076(1) and (2), F.A.C.
  • Permissible uses of RTP grant funds:
    • Maintenance or renovation of existing trails;
    • Development or renovation of trailside or trailhead facilities or trail linkages;
    • Purchase of trail construction or maintenance equipment;
    • Construction of new trails on local and state lands;
    • Construction of new trails crossing federal lands;
    • Operation of educational programs to promote safety and environmental protection which specifically relate to the uses of recreational trails, to the extent the Department has not chosen to use the educational funds in whole or in part, to further a statewide goal of the Greenways and Trails Plan.
  • The RTP grant is provided on a 50:50, 60:40, or 80:20 matching ratio (program: grantee). 

Ineligibility:

  • A grantee with two incomplete RTP projects by the closing date of the application submission period shall not be eligible to apply.
  • School board property used primarily for educational or school related purposes is not eligible.