Recreational Trails Program

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is a federal-aid assistance program designed to help states provide and maintain recreational trails for both motorized and nonmotorized recreational trail use.



  • Two-year grant cycle.
  • Administered by SCPRT under the approval of the Federal Highway Administration.
  • Develop or improve trails for off-road motorcycles, ATVs, mountain bikes, equestrians, hikers and water trails.
  • Eligible applicants must be a state, federal or local government agency or qualified private organization.
  • All applications graded utilizing a competitive Open Project Selection Process (OPSP) reviewed by a grading team.
  • A 20% match is required.

Please click on the links below for more information on the 2018 and 2019 RTP grant cycle and additional eligible applicant criteria:


2018 & 2019 RTP Grant Schedule

2018 & 2019 RTP Applicant Memorandum

2018 & 2019 RTP Application [download]

2015–2017 RTP Grant Cycle Summary


RTP Guidance, Documentation and Forms for Project Sponsors:

Procurement Certification FormReimbursement Request Form | Individual Volunteer Timesheet | Group Volunteer Timesheet | FEMA Equipment Form | Project Completion Form | State Procurement Purchase Procedures | Program Acknowledgement Sign Requirements | 2018–2019 Project Status Report