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Recreational Trail Program Grants


Recreational Trails Grants (RTP) are national grants administered by OPRD for recreational trail-related projects, such as hiking, running, bicycling, off-road motorcycling, and all-terrain vehicle riding. Yearly grants are awarded based on funds voted on by the U.S. Congress.





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Eligible Applicants

  • Non-profits
  • Cities (municipal corporations)
  • Counties (political subdivisions)
  • State agencies
  • Federal government agencies
  • Other government entities
  • Tribal governments

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Project Types

RTP funding is primarily for recreational trail projects, rather than utilitarian transportation-based projects. Funding is divided into 30 percent  motorized trail use, 30 percent non-motorized trail use and 40 percent diverse trail use. Types of projects include:

  • Building new recreation trails, including building trail bridges and installing wayfinding signs.
  • Restoring existing trails, including trail bridges and signing.
  • Developing and rehabilitating trailhead facilities.
  • Acquiring land and permanent easements.
  • Water trails

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Match Criteria

Project sponsors provide at least 20% of the projects total costs. Eligible matches are cash, force account labor (agency staff), equipment, materials, volunteer labor, donated equipment, donated materials, and federal, state and local grants, or the combination thereof.


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Sustainable Projects

Sustainability means using, developing, and protecting resources in a manner that enables people to meet current needs and provides that future generations can also meet future needs, from the joint perspective of environmental, economic and community objectives.

For more information on making your project sustainable, click the following:

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Staff Contact

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
Recreation Trails Program
725 Summer St. NE, Suite C
Salem, OR 97301

Laura Underhill
Grant Program Coordinator
Laura.underhilll@oregon.gov
(503) 986-0711


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