Recreational Trails Program Funds Available

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For Immediate Release
April 15, 2020

Contact: Jim Britt,

Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands Announces Recreational Trail Program Grants Available to Qualifying Projects

AUGUSTA - The Bureau of Parks and Lands (BPL) Grants and Community Recreation Program today announced the availability of Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funding. RTP funds are available to qualifying projects to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for motorized and non motorized recreational trail uses. The RTP is an assistance program of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration.

“The BPL is proud to support community RTP projects," said Maine State Trail Administrator Douglas Beck. “The more quality local trails that are convenient for people to find and use, the more likely they will be to venture out and enjoy the benefits of physical activity and a connection to nature.”

Eligible projects include:

  • Maintenance and restoration of existing recreational trails.
  • Development and rehabilitation of trail side and trailhead facilities and trail linkages for recreational trails.
  • Construction of new recreational trails.
  • Acquisition of easements or fee simple title to property for recreational trails or recreational trail corridors.

Available Funds:

  • The Annual Apportionment to the Maine RTP is $1,442,741.
  • Of this amount Maine DOT allocates $938,000 to the program.  This amount funds administration of the program and grants to local and state partners for eligible trail projects.
  • Again this year we will entertain applications in the Motorized, Non-Motorized and Diverse Trail use categories up to $50,000 and in the large scale project category up to $120,000.
  • RTP can fund upwards of 80% of eligible project costs.

Grant Documents and Resources