Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Grants

Currently Accepting Nominations for a New Missouri Trails Advisory Board Member

Missouri State Parks is now accepting nominations for a General Trail Use representative to serve a three-year term on the Missouri Trails Advisory Board. The term length is Nov. 1, 2019 through Nov. 30, 2022. Members must be Missouri residents and must participate in the user group that they represent.

Roles of the Missouri Trails Advisory Board include:

  • Review, score and rank applications and make recommendations to the Grants Management Section for funding.
  • Annually review the Recreational Trail Project application and Open Selection Process.
  • Development of project eligibility criteria including sponsor eligibility (which kinds of projects the state should consider for funding).

To nominate an individual for the Missouri Trails Advisory Board, please submit the following information:

  1. Nomination form
  2. Resume and/or other background information for the nominee
  3. Two letters of recommendation

Please submit electronically to Electronic submission preferred. Or mail to:

Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Division of State Parks
Grants Management Section
c/o RTP Planner
P.O. Box 176
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176

Please submit nomination form, resume, and letters of recommendation to Missouri State Parks by May 31, 2019.

Recreational Trail Program 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

The application period is now open.

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.

2019 RTP Application for Trail Projects

2019 RTP Open Project Selection Process

Grant Application Workshops:

Past Administration Guides

2017 Administration Guide

Past Grant Recipients

FY2014 Grant Recipients

FY2015 Grant Recipients

FY2016 Grant Recipients

FY2017 Grant Recipients

FY2018 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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