Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Grants

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% 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 2021 RTP Grants 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 sent to Grants Management Section staff by Jan. 31, 2021, for a courtesy review. Mail two copies of the application plus all supporting documents in the application packets. Application packets must be postmarked on or before Feb. 17, 2021. Mail application packets to: Missouri State Parks, Grants Management, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176. 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.

2021 Open Project Selection Process

2021 Project Application

Grant Application Workshops:

The RTP Application Workshop will be Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The workshop will be an Adobe Connect Virtual Webinar. To register for the workshop, please email your name, phone number and sponsor’s name to

Past Administration Guides

2016 Administration Guide

2017 Administration Guide

2018 Administration Guide

2019 Administration Guide

Past Grant Recipients

FY2014 Grant Recipients

FY2015 Grant Recipients

FY2016 Grant Recipients

FY2017 Grant Recipients

FY2018 Grant Recipients

FY2019 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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