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Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Grants

Recreational Trail Program Grants

In Missouri, RTP grants are open to local and state governments, school districts and nonprofit 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% 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.
  • 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 for 2023 RTP Grant is now OPEN. Review the Open Project Selection Process before filling out an application. Then complete an electronic application by answering each question as fully as possible without exceeding the space allocated for the question. Hand-written applications will not be accepted. A draft application may be emailed to mspgrants@dnr.mo.gov by Jan. 27, 2023, for a courtesy review by the Grants Management staff. For the final application packet, mail two hard copies of the application plus all supporting documents listed in the application. Application packets must be postmarked on or before Feb. 23, 2023. Mail application packets to: Missouri State Parks, Grants Management, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176 or 1659 E. Elm Street, Jefferson City, MO 65101.

2023 Open Project Selection Process (Application Instructions)

2023 Project Application

2023 Build America Buy America Waiver

Grant Application Workshops:

The 2023 RTP Application Workshop has been recorded and be accessed by clicking here.

Past Administration Guides

2019 Administration Guide

2020 Administration Guide

2021 Administration Guide

Past Grant Recipients

FY2014 Grant Recipients

FY2015 Grant Recipients

FY2016 Grant Recipients

FY2017 Grant Recipients

FY2018 Grant Recipients

FY2019 Grant Recipients

FY2020 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 573-751-6663 or 800-392-8486.

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