Grant application deadline for outdoor trails, facilities set

Applications for Federal Highway Administration Recreational Trails Program Federal funds to support recreational trails projects are due to the Office of State Parks, Division of Outdoor Recreation no later than Friday, July 1. 

Grant requests seeking financial support from the Federal Highway Administration Recreational Trails Program for Louisiana (FHWA RTPL) can be used in the acquisition and/or development of outdoor recreational trails and trail facilities. This program is funded with federal funds and must be matched by 20% of the project cost coming from the project sponsor. 

Applications are available online at the RTPL website, to print and complete before mailing. The FHWA RTPL is a reimbursement program in which approved projects receive matching costs funds upon approval by the FHWA and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.  The program is open to political subdivisions, non-profit organizations, and, under certain circumstances, commercial entities. 

RTPL has provided more than $37 million to Louisiana since 1993, providing for more than 440 recreational trails projects throughout Louisiana including motorized (ATVs, OHVs, motorcycles, etc.), bicycle, mountain bike, paddling, equestrian, hiking/walking trails. For more information about the program’s administration in Louisiana, visit Louisiana State Parks’ grant opportunities for outdoor recreation webpage. 


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