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Recreational Trails Program

The RTP is a federal grant program authorized by Congress in 2012 as Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21). The intent of the RTP is to help fund trails and trail-related recreational needs at the State level. Funding for the RTP comes from federal gas taxes paid on non-highway fuel used in off-highway vehicles, and the program is administered at the Federal level by the Federal Highway Administration.

At the State level, the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources has assigned that responsibility to the Division of Parks and Recreation and its NC Trails Program. The North Carolina Trails Committee is a seven-member advisory committee who will review all applications and make recommendations for funding. The Secretary of DNCR has the final approval authority for North Carolina.

Read more about RTP Grants available through the N.C. Trails Program below.

RTP Trail Project Grant Application Information

The 2017 grant cycle is open and the Final Application will be available from Monday, March 28, 2016 until Friday, May 27, 2016.  The 2017 Final Application is due Friday, May 27, 2016.  If you have difficulty opening the Final Application, please use Internet Explorer. If using other browsers, right click and select ‘Save As’ to download the application. Close the browser and access the application file from your downloaded location.  Please Note the Final Application cannot be completed or submitted using an Apple product. If you have any questions about this grant Program, please contact your Regional Trails Specialist.

Pre RTP Contract Grant Review Process, Requirements and Timeline:

2017 RTP Final Application (NOTE: Use Internet Explorer to download application.)

Application Download Instructions (PDF)

2017 RTP Scoring Criteria (PDF)

RTP General Information (PDF)

Reimbursement Form (xlsx)

Quarterly Report (xlsx)

2016-2017 Grant Cycle Timeline:

2017 Grant Cycle:
Jan 11, 2016 Pre-application release
Feb 12, 2016 Pre-application due
Mar 4, 2016 NCTC Meeting to review and recommend pre-applications
Mar 28, 2016 Final applications release
May 27, 2016 Final applications due
June 24, 2016 NCTC Meeting to review and recommend final applications
2017 RTP Education/Safety Grant Cycle:
Apr 29, 2016 Education/Safety applications release
May 27, 2016 Education/Safety applications due
June 24, 2016 NCTC Meeting to review and recommend applications


2017 Safety & Education Application (PDF)