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 Grant applications for federal fiscal year 2022/Project Z (FFY-22) are now closed. Please check back in April of 2022 for FFY-23 application. 

Click the video below for a presentation of an overview of the Land and Water Conservation Fund and Recreational Trails Program grants:

RTP Forms

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


RTP Information Presentation (14 MB)  
NH RTP Guidelines  
NH RTP Scoring Guidelines for Grant Selection
Best Management Practices for Erosion Control During Trail Maintenance and Construction  
Buy America FHWA Guide  
USDA Accessibility Guidebook for Outdoor Recreation and Trails
USDA Forest Service Trail Accessibility Guidelines (FSTAG) Pocket Version
Citizens Guide to section 106 review
Everything You Wanted to Know about DES Trail Permits Presentation  


2014 NH RTP Projects  
2015 NH RTP Projects  
2017 NH RTP Projects  
2018 NH RTP Projects
2019 NH RTP Projects
2020 NH RTP Projects
2021 NH RTP Projects


FEMA Schedule of Equipment Rates
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 National Map Downloader
USGS Topo Viewer: a free topo map viewer and downloader (this only works with a new browser) 
Buy America Field Compliance 
How to set up Direct Deposit
NH Division of Historical Resources Request for Project review
How to Request a Certificate of Good Standing ‚Äč

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