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Recreational Trails Program. Recreational Trails Program. The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) provides funds to the States to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for nonmotorized and motorized recreational trail uses. - Federal Highway Administration.

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Recreational Trails Program

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) provides funds to the States to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for nonmotorized and motorized recreational trail uses.

- Federal Highway Administration


Program Goal: Encourage all kinds of trail enthusiasts to work together to provide a wide variety of recreational trail opportunities


1990 Congress makes major shift in surface transportation policy, now pedestrian and bicycle facilities are eligible for federal-aid highway funds.







Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act


Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century


Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users


Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014

Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century

u s highway trust fund
U.S. Highway Trust Fund

A transportation fund which receives money from a federal fuel tax of 18.3 cents per gallon on gasoline and 24.4 cents per gallon of diesel fuel and related excise taxes



50%Based Upon Fuel Use in Each State

Since 1991, the Recreational Trails Program has received over $915 million in federal funding


Federal Highway Administration provides funds and guidance

  • Each state administers its own program
    • Georgia Department of Natural Resources State Parks & Historic Sites
georgia trails greenways advisory committee
Georgia Trails & Greenways Advisory Committee


Georgia Appalachian Trail Club -Nancy LovingoodSecond position vacantBICYCLISTS

Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association - Keith Owen Second position vacantOFF-ROAD VEHICLE USERS

Southern Four Wheel Drive Association - Dave Logan Georgia Recreational Trail Riders Association - Bruce Dreher


Chattahoochee Trail Horse Association - Debbie Crowe

Back Country Horsemen of North Georgia - Randy BrownWATER TRAIL USERS

Georgia Canoe Association- Dan MacIntyreGREENWAYS USERS

Lumpkin County - Carlton Harris

Fulton County - Greta DeMayoThird position vacant

  • Who is eligible to apply for RTP funds?
    • city governments
    • county governments
    • authorized commissions
    • federal agencies
    • state agencies
trails education
Trails Education

Trail Maps

Altamaha River Canoe Trail Map & Adventure Guide

The RTP legislation permits Georgia to use five percent of its RTP funds for educational efforts.

Trails Education Program

Trails School & Crew Leader Training

reimbursement program
Reimbursement Program
  • Grant recipients pay 100% of up front cost
  • Eligible for 80% reimbursement
  • Non-Motorized Grant Max = $100,000

$ 100,000 + $ 25,000 = $ 125,000



80 cost share
80% Cost Share
  • Eligible Practices
    • Construction of new trails
    • Maintenance and restoration of existing trails
    • Development and rehabilitation of trailside and trailhead facilities
      • Parking, signage, restrooms, benches, trash receptacles, safety railing, guide maps
    • Lease and some purchases of trail construction and maintenance equipment
    • Acquisition of property or easements for trails
    • Assessments: handicap accessibility, environmental
    • Facilitating access and use of trails by persons with disabilities
eligible matching costs
Eligible Matching Costs

20 %

  • Cash
  • Donations
    • Services
    • Materials
    • Land value
  • Volunteers
  • In-kind
    • Labor
    • Equipment
  • Other
    • No other federal sources
    • Prison labor
ineligible practices
Ineligible Practices
  • Sidewalks
  • Tracks
  • Design-only projects
application basics
Application Basics

Complete the Georgia RTP application form

  • Contact information
  • Motorized/ Non-motorized
  • Single/Multi-use
  • Mileage
  • Project description
  • Timetable (2 Years)
  • Environmental questionnaire
  • Support Documentation
    • Transmittal Letter
    • Current Resolution
    • Site Map
    • Location Map
    • Narrative description
    • Documentation for permits & approvals
  • Make sure donations appear in budget sheet in-kind
  • Engineering & Design capped at 10% of grant award
  • Environmental compliance & archaeological survey
ranking applications
Ranking Applications

Each criteria question is scored.

Total points will rank against other applicants in the same trail use category.

  • Location in relation to greenway corridor, greenspace, and/or recreation park
  • How do you minimize impact to the natural environment (Assessment Study and Improvements to Existing Trails)
  • Facilitate trail use by persons with disabilities
  • New recreational opportunities
  • Project’s response to local comprehensive plans
ranking cont
Ranking Cont.
  • How project will add to supply of land for trail usage
  • Partnerships
  • How will grant funds leverage greater public investment?
  • How does the trail project form connections?
    • Other trails & greenways
    • Cultural/educational
    • Recreation/community
  • Unfinished projects & point deductions
rtp myths
RTP Myths
  • Resolution
  • Line up your Partners
  • Donations (have a back up plan)
  • Stream or Utility Crossings
  • If you receive funding one year you cannot apply for the next year’s grant cycle


  • Your are not allowed to pave a trail


  • If you receive a score of zero on a criteria question, you will not score high enough to receive a grant award


award winners
Award Winners
  • Awards Announced
  • Intergovernmental Review
  • Financial Meeting & Notice to Proceed
  • Submit Quarterly Progress Reports & Reimbursement Request
  • Inspections
  • Acknowledgement
  • Application and guidance documents available for download October 1st at:

  • Applications due (postmarked): November 26th
  • Anticipating approximately 40 grants awarded
  • Keep your application clear!

Loren Moore

Program Coordinator

770-656-2770 Ext. 6