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 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.

SCPRT is announcing the solicitation of grant applications for our FY 2018/2019 RTP grant funding—only those who submitted a Letter of Intent by our November 2, 2017 deadline may apply. 

All completed applications must be submitted electronically through Dropbox (instructions can be found on page 8 of the application) and one (1) signed original bound application must be received at SCPRT by March 14, 2018 at 4 p.m.

For more information on RTP, contact the State Trails Coordinator, Neal Hamilton, at (803) 734-0735 or

Please click on the links below for more information on the 2018 & 2019 RTP Grant Schedule and additional eligible applicant criteria:

2018 & 2019 RTP Grant Schedule

2018 & 2019 RTP Applicant Memorandum

2018 & 2019 RTP Application [download]