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Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Grant

Grants to Nevada Nonprofits, Agencies, and Tribal
Governments to Improve Recreational Trails

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Nevada Division of State Parks (NDSP) - Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

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Grants to Nevada nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and tribal governments to improve and expand recreational trails within the state. A pre-application is required prior to submitting a full application. Funding is available for motorized trails, non-motorized trails, mixed-use trails, and trail education projects.

Permissible Uses:

- New trail construction

- Trail restoration

- Trail head facilities (restrooms, signage, kiosks, etc.)

- Purchase of tools to construct and/or renovate trail

- Land acquisition for trail purposes

- Safety and educational programs

- Engineered trail design/maintenance documents 

Project categories are:

- Educational

- Nonmotorized for single use

- Nonmotorized for diverse use

- Diverse use (motorized and nonmotorized)

- Motorized for single use

- Motorized for diverse use

Further details about each project category can be found  at:

A list of permissible uses may be found at:

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GrantWatch ID#: 177579

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Term of Contract:

- Grantees will be given 36 months to complete an RTP project, with the exception of education projects. All Education projects must be completed by September 30, 2020.
- Projects must begin within nine (9) months of the grant award or they can be terminated
- Submit requests for extensions in writing for receipt by the Recreational Trails Program Manager 3 months before the expiration date of the grant.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are available to:
- Governmental agencies
- Nonprofit organizations
- Tribal governments

A grantee may not use funds received from the Recreational Trails Program for:

1. The purchase of promotional items such as pens, cups, shoelaces, key chains, baseball caps, paperweights, magnets, matchbooks, patches, t-shirts, scissors, balloons, or buttons. Nor may the value of such items be used as a match for Federal funds.

2. Condemnation of any kind or interest in property;

3. Construction of any recreational trail on federal land that is inconsistent with approved land and resource management plans;

4. Trail Feasibility Studies: Permissible use relates to actual on-the-ground trail projects.

5. Trail Planning: A project proposal solely for the purpose of trail planning is not eligible for funding. However, if trail planning is a relatively small portion of an overall trail project (15%), it may be allowed.

6. Sidewalks or bike lanes: RTP funds should not be used to provide sidewalks along or adjacent to public roads or streets, unless the path or sidewalk is needed to complete a missing link between other recreational trails. Bike lanes in the road are not eligible.

7. Parks: Parks and park-related features such as picnic areas, day use, camping areas, or amphitheaters are not eligible. Trail components or associated facilities must specifically serve the purpose and safe use of the recreational trail.

8. Operations: Trail or park operations are not eligible (annual management and/or maintenance of a facility or area).

9. Law Enforcement costs.

Pre-Application Information:

- 2020 Grant Pre-Application is required for all potential applicants: August 23, 2019, 12:00 PM
- Grant Opens: August 30, 2019
- Applications Due: November 8, 2019
- Committee Meeting: December 2019 (Final Dates TBD)

In addition to completing the application, each applicant will be required to attend the RTP committee meeting and present their proposal (either in-person or remotely).

Applicants may submit more than one application. In addition, applicants may be the lead on an application and a partner for others. However, grantees should prioritize their own projects if they are submitting multiple applications since they would be competing against themselves.

The Park and Recreation Program Manager will notify all applicants of grant application acceptance following the application deadline. Following the committee meeting, projects selected for a grant award will be submitted to NDOT and the FHWA for final approval.

There is a required matching share from a grantee. In Nevada, the match requirements are: 20% of a grant request for nonmotorized and education projects and 5% of the amount requested for motorized projects.

The Recreational Trails Program is a reimbursable grant program.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit pre-applications, and direct questions to:
Janice Keillor
Park and Recreation Program Manager/State Trails Administrator
(775) 684-2787

Art Krupicz
Grants & Projects Analyst
(775) 684- 2775

Nevada Division of State Parks
901 S. Stewart Street, Suite 5005
Carson City, NV 89701

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