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 Accepting LOIs for Trails Grants

The South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism is inviting interested eligible entities to submit a “Letter of Intent Form” for grant funding assistance from the Recreational Trails Program (RTP). The deadline for submission is Thursday, Nov. 2.

RTP is a federally funded grant program to build or improve trails across South Carolina. This is a reimbursable grant program requiring a 20 percent match. RTP funds are available to state, federal and local government agencies, as well as qualified private organizations.

The minimum grant amount is $10,000 with a maximum of $100,000—the total project cost for the maximum RTP amount would be $125,000. Motorized projects are eligible for the maximum amount of motorized funding available.

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 Grant Memo

2018 & 2019 RTP Letter of Intent Form