The Trails Grant Programs now require a non-refundable Application fee. Please see Attachment #4 of the Trails manual for further instructions.
NOTE: Please be advised that applications ARE being accepted for the Bicycle Path, Off Highway Vehicle and Federal Recreational Trails (RTP) grant programs. Applications ARE being accepted until noon on March 1, 2014.
The federal "Recreational Trails Program" (RTP), was created through the National Recreational Trail Fund Act
(NRTFA) as part of the Intermodal Surface Transporation Efficiency
Act of 1991 (ISTEA) and re-authorized by the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). This program provides funding
assistance for acquisition, development, rehabilitation and maintenance
of both motorized and non-motorized recreation trails. By law, 30% of
each states' RTP funding must be earmarked for motorized trail projects,
30% for non-motorized trail projects and the remaining 40% for multi-use
(diversified) motorized and non-motorized trails or a combination of
The RTP program can provide up
to 80% federal funding on approved projects and requires a minimum 20%
non-federal funding match. Applications for grant assistance must be
received by IDNR no later than March 1 of each calendar year. Awards
are generally announced within 180 days following the application deadline
Examples of eligible project
Grant assistance from this program cannot
be used for the following purposes:
- trail construction and rehabilitation;
- restoration of areas adjacent to trails
damaged by unauthorized trail uses;
- construction of trail-related support facilities
and amenities; and
- acquisition from willing sellers of trail
corridors through easements or fee simple title.
- condemnation of any kind of interest in
- construction of any motorized use trail
on U.S. Forest Service lands designated as wilderness or currently
not authorized for such use by an approved management plan; or
- upgrading, expanding or otherwise facilitating
motorized use or access to trails predominantly used by non-motorized
trail users, and on which, as of May 1, 1991, motorized use is either
prohibited or has not occurred.
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