Recreational Trails Program

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is a competitive grant program that offers funding for quality public trail projects throughout New Hampshire. The program is administered by the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development (DRED), Division of Parks and Recreation, Bureau of Trails. Funding for the program itself 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 (FHWA) authorized through the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA:LU). For more information, check out the FHWA Recreational Trails Program website.

Over $900,000 in grant funding was approved for trail projects in 2009. As of September 30, 2009 the SAFETEA:LU has expired and a new Federal surface transportation bill has not yet been established. Programs under the SAFETEA:LU are currently operating under a continuing resolution for Federal Fiscal Year 2010. As a result, the state's apportionment of will be received incrementally as notified. Final funding amounts for FY 2010 are unknown at this time.

Applications for the 2010 grant round are available as an editable Microsoft Word file or as a pdf document to download, fill in, and print. Applications must be received and stamped in at DRED no later than 4:00 PM on January 29, 2010.

For more information about the Recreational Trails Program, see the guidelines or contact:

Bill Gegas, Program Specialist
Bureau of Trails
P.O. Box 1856, 172 Pembroke Road
Concord, NH 03302-1856
phone: (603) 271-3254 x227
fax: (603) 271-3553