The Recreational Trails Program is a federal grant program funded by the Federal Highway Administration and administered at the state level by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The purpose of the RTP is to provide and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities identified in, or that further a specific goal of, the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP).
RTP grant funds are intended to fund recreational trail-related projects for both motorized and non-motorized use. Project uses include pedestrian: hiking, running and wheelchair access, biking, mountain biking, water trail use, equestrian use, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, off-road motorcycling, all-terrain vehicle riding, four-wheel driving, or using other off-road motorized vehicles. The intent for RTP grant funding is to enhance trail opportunities by achieving results that would not otherwise be possible. RTP grants are for projects that are primarily recreational in nature, rather than serving a more utilitarian transportation function. RTP grants typically fund on-the-ground projects, while limited funds are available for educational components. A RTP project must be a distinct project with a distinct purpose. All project elements, including the project match, must be tied to the distinct purpose.
The DNR Grants Staff invite local governments and NGOs to participate in a two-day grants workshop
, starting July 16, covering the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Program and Recreational Trails Program.
Grant Cycle Timeline
RTP Funding for the 2019-2020 cycle
- September 1, 2019 – Pre-application window opens
- November 17, 2019 – Pre-application window closes
- April 2020 – Successful pre-applicants notified
- April 2020 – Second-level application window opens
- May 31, 2020 – Second-level application period closes
- Fall 2020 – Final Approval of Projects
- Estimated total funds available: $3,000,000
- There is no minimum grant amount
- For single use and diverse use trail grant applications, the maximum funding assistance is $200,000
- For motorized use trail grant applications, there is no maximum funding assistance limit.
Eligible applicants include qualified local governments, authorized commissions, and state and federal agencies. Nongovernmental entities with IRS 501(c)(3) tax exempt status may apply for education funds only.
Jodie Gardner, Program Manager
Phone: (404) 463-1779