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.
Trails Grant Programs manual.
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