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Recreational Trails Program

The Recreational Trails Program is a federally funded competitive grant program that provides financial assistance to agencies of city, county, state or federal governments, and organizations, approved by the state, or state and federally recognized Indian tribal governments, for the development of recreational trails, trailheads and trailside facilities. The program has been shifted from the Office of Greenways and Trails to DEP's Office of Operations, Land and Recreation Grants.

Program Information Description Links
Eligible Applicants: Eligible applicants include local governments and nonprofit environmental organizations.
Application Cycle: CLOSED; last Application Cycle - December 1-15, 2017

Tentative Application Timeline

Staff is currently reviewing the 2018 Applications. The estimated timeline for Deficiency notifications to be sent is the beginning of February 2018. Per Rule, Applicants will have 15 business days to respond. Applicants will be notified as to whether or not their Application has been moved to scoring, and again once the final Priority List has been approved. Applicants can expect notification of eligibility for funding around mid-March or before. It may be as late as May or June 2018 before the final Priority List is approved.

RTP Administrative Rule:
Link to site
Matching Ratio:
 RTP Grant : Local Match
            80 : 20
            60 : 40
            50 : 50
Maximum Grant Amount:
Non-Motorized Trail = $200,000
Mixed Use Trail = $200,000
Motorized Trail = $500,000
Application and Supporting Materials:
2018 Project Application    
   Tip:  Please save file to your computer and rename before entering data.
Recreational Trails Program Fact Sheet PDF
2013 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) Link to site
2013 Florida Greenways and Trails System Plan PDF
Project Boundary Map Requirements PDF
Priority List Link to site
RTP Funded Projects: Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Federal Database Link to site
Project Guidance:
Florida Roadway Design - Florida Greenbook
FHWA RTP Guidance
Land and Water Conservation Fund Manual
Achieving Multimodal Networks: Applying Design Flexibility and Reducing Conflicts
   FHWA's new planning and design resource
Federal Transit Administration: Manual on Pedestrian and Bicycle Connections to Transit Link to site
Additional pedestrian and bicycle resources
Manuals and Guides for Trail Design, Construction, Maintenance, and Operation, and for Signs Link to site
Florida Guidelines for Developing Non-Motorized Boat Launch Sites Link to site
Commencement Checklist
Commencement Documents
PD&E - Helpful Contact
Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA) form
Project Completion:
Project Completion Checklist
Project Completion Documents
Acknowledgement Sign Requirements
FHWA RTP Guidance Possession Certification
Limitation of Use
Reimbursement Requests:
Accountability Procedures
Guidance Checklist
Reimbursement Forms
Payment Request Summary Form/Actual Costs
Contractual Services Purchase Schedule
Grantee Labor Cost Schedule
Direct Material Purchase Schedule
Equipment Cost Schedule
Grantee Stock Material Cost Schedule
DFS Reference Guide For State Expenditures
Reports and Documentation:
Project Status Report
      Tip: Please save file to your computer and rename before entering data.
Project Liaison Form
     Please notify the department if the project grant manager changes.
RTP Federal Data Base
     to search for specific projects
Link to site


Last Modified:
March 9, 2018 - 8:04pm

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