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Federal Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Grants Available for Trail Projects in Montana

Posted Date: 
December 2, 2013
Beth R. Shumate, Recreation Trails Program Manager, Montana State Parks

(Helena, MT) - Montana State Parks ( announced that Recreational Trails Program (RTP) federal grants will be available for trail projects in Montana. Applications are due by March 1, 2014.

Montana State Parks manages the annual RTP grant program that administers federal funding with oversight from the Federal Highway Administration. Projects include: development, maintenance and rehabilitation work on urban, rural, and backcountry trails; planning and construction of community trails; and, a variety of trail stewardship programs. Eligible applicants can include federal, state, county or municipal agencies, private associations and clubs. 

There will be a total of approximately $1.3 million in federal RTP funding available to be awarded. The following RTP grant categories are offered.

  • The Small Grant category comprises sponsors requesting $20,000 or less per grant application.
  • The General Grant category includes sponsors requesting $20,001-$45,000. 
  • One or two Big Grants of $90,000 will also be available this RTP grant cycle.
  • For trails large enough to have regional significance in Montana, such as rail-to-trail projects, or large maintenance projects, the Special Set-Aside Grant is also available

The Recreational Trails Program is now managed through an online grant management database system called, WebGrants.  This system also allows on-going grant management, financial tracking, and reporting.

Apply for the RTP grants starting on December 3, 2013 at  

Hands-on training sessions will be offered in early January for prospective applicants and current project sponsors. The listing of the upcoming RTP training sessions follows:

Dates Location Time
January 3 Kalispell
Region 1 FWP Conference Room
490 N. Meridian Rd.
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
January 9 Bozeman
Region 3 FWP Conference Room
1400 S. 19th Ave.
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
January 10 Helena
FWP HQ Commission Rooms
1420 E. Sixth Avenue
12:00-3:30 p.m.
January 14 Missoula
Region 2 FWP Conference Room
3201 Spurgin Rd.
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
January 16 Great Falls
Region 4 FWP Conference Room
4600 Giant Springs Rd.
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

For more information visit: or if there are specific questions, please contact Beth R. Shumate, Program Manager at 406-444-4585 or

Beth R. Shumate | (406) 444-4585 |