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Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Grant

Grants to Alaska Nonprofits, Local, State, Federal, and Tribal
Agencies, and Educational Institutions to Enhance Outdoor Pathways

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Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation (DPOR)

Deadline Date:

10/23/20 - Electronically and Postmarked


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Grants to Alaska nonprofit organizations, Native corporations, government entities, and educational institutions for projects to enhance outdoor facilities throughout the state. Funding is intended to create or enhance pathways and facilities for use by motorized or non-motorized trails, including the acquisition of trails rights-of-way and the development and maintenance of trails and facilities.

The Recreational Trails Program will be accepting applications that qualify as Stipulation 1, 2, or 3 projects under the current Programmatic Agreement between the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the State of Alaska Department of Natural Resources. For details, see

RTP grant funds may be used for the following:

  • Repair or restoration of existing trails.
  • Rehabilitation of trailside and trailhead facilities, bridges, signs, and trail linkages.
  • Purchase or lease of maintenance equipment needed to complete approved scope of work.
  • Development and publication of educational materials to promote safety and environmental protections related to the use of recreational trails. Items must be offered either free to the public or at a very minimal cost. All reimbursable expenses must be allocated to educational materials or their production.
  • Any of the conditions outlined for Stipulations 1, 2 and 3, with approval from FHWA and DPOR.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175567

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum individual grant award amounts for FY21 are listed below:
- $75,000 for non-motorized and diversified
- $100,000 for motorized

Term of Contract:

Upon receiving signed award paperwork from DPOR, the grantee has two (2) years in which to complete their project. Safety and education projects must be completed by September 30, 2020. 2 CFR 200 allows the applicant to choose a project end date for the other award categories, as long as it falls within the two-year period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The applicant must meet program qualification criteria before being considered for funding. If any of these requirements are not met, applications cannot move forward for review. Applicant must be an organization or public agency. Businesses are not eligible for the RTP grant. Eligible applicants:
- Nonprofit
- Educational Institution
- State Government
- Local Government
- Federal Government
- Native Corporation or Tribal Government

To meet public acceptance criteria, the applicant must have support from a land management plan that is adopted by a local governing body, state, or federal agency:
- Land management plan, local area, or trails management plan
- Comprehensive management plan
- Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP)

To meet public acceptance criteria, the applicant must have support from a local governing body. To meet public acceptance criteria, the applicant must have letters of support from local Community Councils or public letters of support representing the area. To meet public acceptance criteria, the applicant must post public notice 30 days prior to applying for RTP grant funding. For more information, see:

Applicant must obtain landowner authorization for project work from all relevant landowners whose land the project crosses or impacts.

RTP grant funding may not be used for the following:
- Financial gain to any individual, business, or organization
- Planning, assessment, engineering, or designing exclusively. Some of these types of costs are permissible if incidental to the project scope of work and are included in the approved budget
- Food, drink, gratuity, tax, sales tax, or court costs involving litigation. Food costs for remote camps which are essential for completion of the project are allowed if included in the approved budget. Food items must be clearly identified and be reasonable and non-excessive (basic camp food). A camp qualifies as a remote camp if the crew cannot go home at night.

Pre-Application Information:

- Week of August 10th, 2020: Application available online
- September 23, 2020: Mandatory Public Notice must be posted by this date
- October 23, 2020: Application Due Date
- December 7, 2020: Qualified applications sent to ORTAB for review
- January 19 & 20, 2021: ORTAB Meeting for final scoring of qualified applications
- February 2021: Applications that have been recommended for award are forwarded to FHWA for review
- March through June 2021: Award and grant agreements are signed and implemented

The RTP grant is a reimbursable grant.

The grantee is responsible for 10% of the entire project cost. This 10% is called ‘match’ and it is a requirement. Once a grantee signs the grant award agreement, they are obligating not only their own funding upfront but the 10% match, which will not be reimbursed.

Links to a list of USA documents required to be read and understood prior to applying for the grant can be found at

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For questions, contact:

Alaska Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation
550 W 7th Ave, Suite 1380
Anchorage AK 99501-3561
Fax: (907) 269-8907

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