Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Grants

In Missouri, RTP grants are open to local and state governments, school districts, non-profit and for-profit organizations, and Indian Tribes. Missouri receives approximately $1.5 million per fiscal year. The maximum amount awarded is $100,000 per project sponsor, and sponsors must have a minimum 20 percent match.  Projects must be open to the public.

Nominations for Recreational Trails Program Advisory Board

Nominations were received and are in the process of approval. The board members approved will be posted soon.

Missouri Trails Advisory Board  Background Information

FY 2015 Grant Round  

The FY2015 grant round will open Nov. 3. Applicants are encouraged to apply only if the project is "shovel ready" and the environmental and cultural clearances have been recceived by the application deadline. The deadline for FY2015 grant applications will be Jan. 26, 2015. Workshop times will be posted later.

Eligible Projects include:
  • Maintenance and restoration of existing recreational trails.
  • Development and rehabilitation of trailside and trailhead facilities and trail linkages for recreational trails.
  • Purchase and lease of recreational trail construction and maintenance equipment.
  • Construction of new recreational trails (with restrictions for new trails on Federal lands).
  • Acquisition of easements and property for recreational trails or recreational trail corridors.
  • Assessment of trail conditions for accessibility and maintenance.
  • Development and dissemination of publications and operation of educational programs to promote safety and environmental protection related to the use of recreational trails, including supporting non-law enforcement trail safety and trail use monitoring patrol programs, and providing trail-related training (limited to 5 percent of a State's apportionment).
Grant selection process

After applications are received, they are reviewed and scored by the Missouri Trail Advisory Board.  Recommended projects are sent to The Federal Highway Administration for final approval.

Sample Projects:

FY2013 Grant awarded to the City of Warsaw

Project Title: Drake Harbor Trail Improvements Final Phase

This trail renovation project from asphalt to concrete is in progress. This trail renovation consists of 1,800 feet connecting from Drake Harbor (downtown revitalization known as the 1800’s Steam Boat Landing) to the 1904 Joe Dice Suspension Bridge (swinging bridge listed on the historic register) and the Highway 7 bicycle lanes. Construction is underway for the 10 feet wide concrete trail and includes the addition of light stands.  Concrete was proposed due to the 25 year life expectancy and adding  lights will increase usage at night. The lights chosen are used throughout the trail system in Warsaw for continuity. This grant project will improve the livability in Warsaw when completed.

City of Greenville, Old Greenville’s Recreational Trail project; completed in 2013

The scope was to construct 2.23 miles of asphalt trail connecting the City of Greenville with the Old Greenville Campground

Office of Administration, Missouri State Penitentiary Greenway Trail

This nature trail connects from the Lewis and Clark State Office Building traveling through 60 acres of naturally wooded area to the Phase I section of the trail near an overlook of the Missouri River and Ellis Porter/Riverside Greenway Trail Park and Recreation Area stretching more than three miles long.

Sign Requirements

Sign requirements include posting a sign near your trail project entrance. Signs can be ordered by calling 573-522-2927 or for more inforamtion, go to this website.

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