Recreational Trails Program

Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is a competitive grant program that offers funding for quality public trail projects throughout New Hampshire. Limited grants are available for motorized, non-motorized and diversified trails. Eligible projects include maintenance and restoration of existing trails, purchase and lease of trail construction and maintenance equipment, construction of new trails, development and rehabilitation of trailside and trailhead facilities and trail linkages. Applicants may be non-profit organizations, private groups or government entities.

Funding for the Recreational Trail Program is generated from federal gas tax dollars paid on fuel purchases for off-highway recreational vehicles and snowmobiles. These funds are appropriated to the states by the Federal Highway Administration as authorized through the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The program in New Hampshire is administered by the Bureau of Trails.

Recreational Trails Program applications for fiscal year 2019 are now available.
Due date for all application materials; Friday, June 22, 2018. Late applications will not be accepted.

2019 Recreational Trails Program Application

Three public workshops will be held to assist organizations in applying for this grant program. The Bureau highly recommends potential bidders to attend the workshops, as there are changes to the program and rules. The dates are as follows:
  1. Monday, May 14, 2018 from 6-8 pm
    Location: Department of Natural and Cultural Resources Office, 629 B Main St, Lancaster, NH 03584.

  2. Tuesday, May 15, 2018 from 1pm -3pm and 6-8pm
    Location: Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, 172 Pembroke Rd., Concord, NH 03301


RTP Project Administrator's Authorization 
RTP Landowner Project Permission Form 
RTP Billing Form 
RTP Match Form 
RTP Volunteer Match Labor Form 
RTP Progress Report Form 
RTP Annual Equipment Report Form 


RTP Information Presentation (12 MB) 
NH RTP Guidelines 
RTP Selection Committee Scoring Guidelines
Best Management Practices for Erosion Control During Trail Maintenance and Construction 
How to Request a Certificate of Good Standing
Buy America FHWA Guide 


2014 NH RTP Projects 
2015 NH RTP Projects 
2017 NH RTP Projects 


Natural Heritage Bureau Datacheck
NH Dept of Environmental Services, Wetlands Bureau
American Trails
Federal Highway Recreational Trails Program
Recreational Trails Program Database
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program
USGS Map locator & Downloader
My Topo: a free online topographic map service
Everything You Wanted to Know about DES Trail Permits Presentation 
Buy America Field Compliance

Contact Information

For more information about the Recreational Trails Program contact:

Alexis Rudko
172 Pembroke Road
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: (603) 271-3254
Fax: (603) 271-3553