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Recreational Trails Program


2014 Recreational Trails Program Grant Now Available

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.  Applications are due March 7, 2014.

2014 Recreational Trails Program Grant Press Release

Important: Recreational Trails Program Overview (3 MB) 

Recreational Trails Program Grant Application 2014
Recreational Trails Program Grant Application 2014


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.

Forms, Guidelines and Links

2014 NH Recreational Trails Program Guidelines 
2013 NH Recreational Trails Program Guidelines 
RTP Annual Equipment Report Form 
RTP Billing Form 
RTP Match Form 
RTP Volunteer Match Labor Form 
RTP Progress Report Form 
RTP Project Administrator's Authorization 
NH Dept of Environmental Services, Wetlands Bureau
NH Natural Heritage Review
Best Management Practices for Erosion Control Manual 


Additional Information

For more information about the Recreational Trails Program contact:

Lisa Meffert (lisa.meffert@dred.nh.gov)
Bureau of Trails
P.O. Box 1856, 172 Pembroke Road
Concord, NH 03302-1856
phone: (603) 271-7580 x202
fax: (603) 271-3553