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Recreational Trails Program

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, trail linkages, and acquisition of easements or property for trails.  Applicants may be non-profit organizations, private groups or government entities. The Bureau of Trails is anticipating the publication of the next Recreational Trails Program grant cycle in Fall 2016.

About the 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) as authorized through Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21).  For more information, check out the FHWA Recreational Trails Program website.


State of New Hampshire Recreational Trails Program Guidelines 
RTP Reimbursement Process