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Arkansas Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Non-Motorized Trails Grant

Grants to Arkansas Agencies, Federal Land Managers, and Private
Organizations to Improve Outdoor Pathways and Facilities

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Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT)

Deadline Date:

07/01/20 4:00 PM CDT


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Grants to Arkansas government agencies, federal land managers, and private organizations to improve and develop non-motorized pathways and facilities. Funding may be used to maintain pathways; develop and restore existing pathways; purchase and lease equipment; and create new recreational trails.

The following items are eligible for funding. However, the primary goal of this program is to construct new trails or repair damage to existing trails due to overuse. Trail amenities (benches, lighting, information kiosks, signing, brochures, etc.) will be given a lesser priority. Furthermore, funding for an approved project may be reduced to reflect the deletion of these items.

  • New trail construction,
  • Relocation of existing trails,
  • Major maintenance of existing trails,
  • Bridge purchase and installation,
  • Bridge construction,
  • Interpretive brochures and trail education materials*,
  • Lighting*,
  • Landscaping necessary to heal construction damage along paved trails,
    (Landscaping with non-native plants cannot be funded with federal funds)
  • Bike racks*
  • Trail signs and marking*, and
  • Trail head facilities*:
  • Restrooms*,
  • Bulletin boards*,
  • All-terrain vehicle/dirt-bike loading ramps*,
  • Parking areas*,
  • Water supply*,
  • Drinking fountains*, and
  • Trash receptacles*

* Funding may be withheld for these items within approved projects.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183410

Estimated Size of Grant:

-All RTP projects will have a minimum requested federal funding amount of $20,000. This would mean a total project cost of $25,000 including the required local match.
-All RTP projects will have a maximum requested federal funding amount of $500,000. This would mean a total project cost of $625,000 including the required local match; however, providing a match greater than 20% for a larger project is also acceptable.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Who can apply for the RTP?
Under 23 USC 206(d)(4)(A), the eligible entities to receive RTP funds are:
-Private organizations (i.e. youth groups, trail clubs, private schools, etc.)
-Municipal agencies (i.e. city, county, township agencies, etc.)
-State agencies (i.e. State park agencies, State game and fish agencies, State forest agencies, State public education institutions, etc.)
-Federal agencies (i.e. National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, etc.)
-Other government entities (i.e. tribal governments, multi-state public agencies, public transit operators, etc.)

The following items will not be approved:
-Landscaping beyond that necessary to heal construction damage along paved trails,
-Motorized trails
-Irrigation equipment,
-Property condemnation (eminent domain),
-Visitor center construction/improvements,
-Maintenance costs for equipment,
-Equipment purchases - equipment should be rented or leased,
-Playground equipment.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for submitting a 2020 RTP application is July 1, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. (CDT).

This is a reimbursable program. The sponsor is responsible for accomplishing work on the project and incurring actual expenses prior to receiving funds from ARDOT.

The program provides for an 80 percent federal share and 20% non-federal share for each project.

Recreational Trails Program Guidance:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Applications should be submitted to the following:

Arkansas Department of Transportation
Attn: Daniel Siskowski/Program Management Division
P.O. Box 2261 Little Rock, AR 72203
Phone: (501) 569-2481
Fax: (501) 569-2623

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