Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry - Bureau of Parks and Lands
09/24/21 5:00 PM
Grants to Maine nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and private landowners for the construction and upkeep of public outdoor trails and related facilities. Funding is intended to support the development, restoration, improvement, and maintenance of publicly accessible trails designated for either motorized or non-motorized recreational uses.
The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is an assistance program of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The RTP provides funds to the States to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for motorized and nonmotorized recreational trail uses.
Eligible projects may include:
Eligible Project Costs:
a) Costs associated with project engineering/design and/or project administrative (administering the project, not the grant) costs.
b) Employee salary for “on-the-ground” RTP project work in the field.
c) Consultant/contractor services.
d) Supplies and materials for grant assisted project work.
e) Signs and trail related interpretive aids.
f) Construction, rehabilitation, and maintenance work on trails.
g) Construction of bridges, railings, ramps, fences and retaining structures.
h) Bank stabilization, re-vegetation (excluding ornamental landscaping), and erosion control.
i) Trailhead/side development including parking, restrooms, and related facilities.
j) Acquisition of land or permanent easements essential to trail access and/or trail development.
k) Equipment rental
For more details on eligible projects, see Page 3 of the Program Guidance document in Supporting Documents, below.
GrantWatch ID#: 172699
a) Safety and Environmental Protection grant awards will not exceed $5,000.00
b) Development, Acquisition and or Combined grant awards will be funded at two levels:
- Regular grants not to exceed $50,000.00 *Subject to funding level
- Large Scale Projects – one award up to $120,000.00 per funding stream (Diverse, Non-Motorized, Motorized) will be considered.
The project period is typically two full construction seasons for development and acquisition projects.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Douglas S. Beck
Outdoor Recreation Supervisor
Bureau of Parks and Lands
54 Independence Drive
Augusta, Maine 04333
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