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Recreational Trails Program Grant

NC Trails

Funding Amount

$10,000 – $100,000

Matching Funds

Must first pay for approved project deliverables and then will be reimbursed by the
State for approved costs. The RTP’s matching requirement is a 25% minimum for every
RTP dollar received by a grantee

Grant recipients must be able to initially finance the project while periodically requesting

Funding Cycle

Application deadline was February 17, 2023. Specific application dates vary from year to year


- Construction of new trails on state, county, municipal, or conveyed easements across private lands, where a recreational need for such construction is shown and where such construction is approved by the administering agency
- Construction of new trails crossing federal lands, where such construction is charged with management of all impacted lands approved by the administering agency charged with management of all impacted lands
- Development of urban trail linkages
- Maintenance of existing recreational trails
- Restoration of areas damaged by usage of recreational trails
- Development of trail-side and trail-head facilities with preference for trailhead and trail information signs and parking areas; and consideration given to restrooms, drinking fountains, and other trail side facilities
- Development of canoe/kayak access facilities and camping platforms
- Provision of features which facilitate the access and use of trails by persons with disabilities
- Acquisition of easements for trails
- Acquisition of fee-simple title to property from a willing seller for trail use, when the
objective of the acquisition cannot be accomplished by acquisition of an easement or by other means
Note: RTP guidance prohibits condemnation of any kind of interest in property and you must follow the Uniform Relocation
Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970 – 49 CFR Part 24
- Planning, design, engineering, permitting, and environmental compliance study costs of not to exceed 10% of any RTP grant award
- Acquisition of trail construction and maintenance tools and/or equipment
- Rental of trail construction and maintenance tools and equipment for a specific trail project

Who Can Apply

Municipal/County Government Agencies

Additional Eligibility Requirements

North Carolina

Additional Information

For additional information and/or questions, contact your Regional Trails Specialist

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