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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 2018 grant cycle is open and the Grant Application – Form A will be available from Tuesday, January 17, 2017 until Friday, February 24, 2017.  The 2018 Application – Form A (Pre-app) is due Friday, February 24, 2017. If you have any questions about this grant Program, please contact your Regional Trails Specialist.

Pre RTP Contract Grant Review Process, Requirements and Timeline:

2018 RTP Application - Form A (Pre-App) For best results, you may download Adobe Reader here.)

2018 RTP Application – Form B (Final App)  (For best results, use Adobe Reader)


2018 RTP General Information

Deliverable Form -- 2018 RTP Application

2018 RTP Scoring Criteria (PDF)

Reimbursement Form (xlsx)

Quarterly Report (xlsx)




2017-2018 Grant Cycle Timeline:

2018 Grant Cycle:
Jan 17, 2017 Form A (Pre-application) release
Feb 24, 2017 Form A (Pre-application) due
Mar 24, 2017 NCTC Meeting to review and recommend pre-applications
April 17, 2017 Form B (Final application) release
July 14, 2017 Form B (Final application) due
Aug 11, 2017 NCTC Meeting to review and recommend final applications
2017 RTP Education/Safety Grant Cycle:
Jan 17, 2017 Education/Safety applications release
  Education/Safety applications should be submitted no later
than two weeks prior to scheduled NCTC meetings
March 24, 2017 NCTC Meeting to review and recommend applications


2017 Safety & Education Application (PDF)