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Recreational Trails Program Grant Assistance

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is a federal grant program funded by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and administered at the state level by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. RTP provides financial assistance for the development of recreational trails, trailheads and trailside facilities.

For further details, view the RTP Grant Lifecycle in the program information listed below.

Program Information Description
RTP Overview

Eligible applicants include agencies of city, county, state or federal governments, and organizations, approved by the state, or state and federally recognized Indian tribal governments,

The maximum grant request for non-motorized projects may not exceed $500,000. The maximum grant request for motorized projects may not exceed $2.5 million. An applicant's requested grant funds may be revised by the department due to the availability of program funds. Grant awards are contingent upon appropriation by the federal government.

Matching Ratios

80:20

60:40

50:50

Chapter 62S-2 Recreational Trails Program

RTP Grant Life Cycle

RTP Fact Sheet

Florida Recreational Trails Program Advisory Committee (TAC)

2023 Florida Recreational Trails Program Advisory Committee

TAC Application for Membership

The Recreational Trails Program Advisory Committee met on Thursday, January 12, 2023 at 2 p.m. to discuss the forthcoming FY2023-2024 RTP Application Cycle, elect a new Chair, and conduct any other business deemed necessary. 

Meeting Notice

Download the Agenda

Application Cycle

The 2023-24 RTP Application Cycle will be held on Feb. 1 - March 1, 2023.  Applications will only be accepted during this period.

Notice of Webinar and Grant Submission Period

Notice of Revised Maximum Grant Amounts

Application, Instructions, and Required Attachments

FY 2023-24 RTP State Application

FY 2023-24 RTP State Application Instructions & Required Attachments

State-Owned Real and Tangible Personal Property (DEP-320)

Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP)

Florida Greenways and Trails System Plan

Duplicate projects: Pursuant to subsection 62S-2.072(e), F.A.C., funds shall not be approved for completion of an incomplete RTP project. As such, an applicant may not submit an application for a project site, including phased projects, if the applicant has an active grant agreement on that project site funded under Land and Water Conservation Fund, Recreational Trails Program or Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program.

An applicant shall not submit the same application, in whole or in part, under LWCF, RTP or FRDAP in concurrent or overlapping funding cycles.

RTP Application Tutorial

RTP Staff will hosted an Application Workshop on Jan. 19, 2023, at 10 a.m. for the 2023-24 RTP Application Cycle. Materials from this meeting may be viewed below.

RTP Grant Management Onboarding and Tutorial

The RTP FY21-22 Onboarding Webinar was held on Thursday, March 3, 2022.

RTP Funded Projects

2022-2023 Recreational Trails Program Priority List

2021-2022 Recreational Trails Program Application Priority List

2019-2020 Recreational Trails Program Amended Application Priority List 

FHWA RTP Database

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Review Process and Instructions

On Oct. 20, 2020, OEM provided training about National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) expectations to FHWA grant recipients of DEP’s Recreational Trails Program. You can find the session videos and presentations by replaying the webinar.

 
To meet federal requirements, the evaluation documents must have sufficient information to determine if the proposed project will have any adverse effects.
 

Consultant Procurement Aids

(May be used to estimate the anticipated level of effort for various tasks.)
 
Prequalified PD&E Consultants Identified by FDOT’s Procurement Office, in accordance with Rule 14-75, F.A.C. Work Type 2.0 indicates that the firm meets the minimum requirements for conducting PD&E Studies.
 
Commencement
Project Completion

Completion Checklist

Acknowledgment Sign Requirements

Project Completion Certification (OGT-14)

List of Constructed Facilities, Improvements and Equipment (DRP-138)

Notice of Limitation of Use/Site Dedication

Budget Cost Analysis (DEP22-229)

Budget Cost Analysis Instructions

Florida Recreation and Parks Inventory Form

Please complete the form electronically, then print a copy to PDF and include in project completion documentation.

Reimbursement Requests
Reports and Documentation
Project Guidance

FDOT Florida Roadway Design - Florida Greenbook

FHWA Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Resources

FHWA Manuals and Guides for Trail Design, Construction, Maintenance, and Operation, and for Signs

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Guidelines for Developing Non-Motorized Boat Launch Sites

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January 23, 2023 - 2:40pm

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