Recreational Trails Program

The South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism (SCPRT) administers the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) under the approval of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). RTP, a federally funded program, receives its funding from a portion of federal gas taxes paid on fuel used in nonhighway recreational vehicles.


  • Funding is provided by this program on a cost-reimbursement basis — the grant recipient must pay 100% of the cost of an item before submitting a reimbursement request for 80% of eligible costs.
  • Funds can be spent on both Motorized and Nonmotorized recreational trail projects — to construct new recreational trails, improve/maintain existing trails, develop/improve trailhead or trailside facilities and acquire trail corridors.
  • Eligible applicants include local, state and federal governmental agencies, qualified private organizations, and registered nonprofits.
  • Individual trail grants can range from a minimum of $10,000 ($12,500 would be the total project cost) to $100,000 maximum ($125,000—total project cost), with the exception of Motorized projects.
  • Motorized trail projects are not limited to $100,000 — these projects are eligible for the maximum amount of Motorized funding available.

Find relevant information on the 2021 RTP grant cycle and past cycles below:

2021 RTP Grant Tentative Schedule

2021 RTP Application Guidance

2020 RTP Grant Cycle - Project Summary

2020 RTP Grant Schedule

2018 & 2019 RTP Grant Cycle - Project Summary

2015-2017 RTP Grant Cycle - Project Summary


RTP Guidance, Documentation and Forms for Project Sponsors:

Procurement Certification Form | Reimbursement Request Form | Individual Volunteer Timesheet | Group Volunteer Timesheet | FEMA Equipment Form | Project Completion Form | State Procurement Purchase Procedures | Procurement / Reimbursement Checklist | 2020 Project Status Report | 2018 & 2019 Project Status Report


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