Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Grants

In Missouri, RTP grants are open to local and state governments, school districts, non-profit and for-profit organizations. Missouri receives between $1 and $1.5 million per fiscal year. The maximum amount awarded is $250,000 for trail projects. Sponsors must have a minimum 20 percent match.  Projects must be open to the public.

Eligible Projects include:
  • Restoration of existing recreational trails.
  • Development and rehabilitation of trailside and trailhead facilities and trail linkages for recreational trails.
  • Purchase or 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.
Grant selection process

To be considered for a RTP grant, applicants must fill out an application and submit it by the deadline listed. To assist with the process, an application guide has been provided that explains the requirements of the application. Additionally, applicants are encouraged to attend a RTP application workshop. To fill out the electronic application, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available for free download at

The Grants Management Section hosts annual workshops at the beginning of each grant round to assist applicants in producing quality applications. Prior to the release of the applications in January, there are several tasks you can begin preparing ahead of time to ensure a complete application by the deadline. The Grants Management Section has prepared a checklist of these tasks. Please note that this list is not all-inclusive and that there may be other required documents as applicable. 

RTP Pre-Application Checklist

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.

2018 RTP Application for Trail Projects

2018 RTP Application Guide

Grant Workshop Schedule

Past Grant Recipients

FY2014 Grant Recipients

FY2015 Grant Recipients

FY2016 Grant Recipients

FY2017 Grant Recipients

Sign Requirements

Sign requirements include posting a sign near your trail project entrance. Signs can be ordered by calling Missouri Vocational Enterprises at 573-451-6663 or 800-392-8486.

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