Recreational Trails Program (RTP)
Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Procedural Guide
The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Procedural Guide is currently being updated. During this time there will be no grant cycle. If you would like to be added to our Interested Parties email list, please send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Division sends updates regarding both the Grants & Cooperative Agreements Program and the Recreational Trails Program to that distribution list. Thank you for your interest in our Programs.
MOTORIZED RTP Project Application Filing Deadline:
The Motorized RTP Project application must be submitted through the On-Line Grant Administration (OLGA) system no later than 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 23, 2016.
Cities and Counties
Non-Profit Organizations with management responsibilities of public lands
Match Requirement: The applicant is responsible for matching at least 12% of the total project cost. RTP will fund 88% of the total project cost.
Eligible Match Sources:
State funds, including State Grant funds
Local funds, including general funds and bond funds
Donated materials and services
Value of donated land (for Acquisition projects only)
Other federal funds
The California Department of Parks and Recreation has approved regulations for the Recreational Trails Program. (Title 14, California Code of Regulations Chapter 11.7, Section 4860)
RTP Procedural Guide
The Guide contains all program information and required application documents.
RTP Procedural Guide
Federal Application Requirements:
Unless otherwise noted, all applicants are required to comply with the following after the State recommends the project for funding:
Compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and documentation*.
Completion of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 process and documentation.
Listing of the project on either the State Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP) or a local Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP), as applicable.
For acquisition projects, applicants must obtain an appraisal that conforms to the Uniform Appraisal Standards for Federal Land Acquisitions (UASFLA).
*Note: Completed NEPA is required for projects on federal land prior to the November 23 application due date. For more information about these federal requirements, please refer to page 51 in the RTP Procedural Guide.
More information about these federal application requirements can also be found in the RTP Procedural Guide, dated Final, June 4, 2007, on page 51.
The RTP encourages applicants to develop cooperative agreements with qualified youth conservation or service corps to perform trail construction and maintenance. The California Conservation Corps (CCC) is one of the many organizations that can assist with trail construction, maintenance, repair, and restoration. To learn more about how the CCC might be able to assist you, please call (916) 341-3100 or visit the CCC’s website.
Recommended Funding List - 2015/2016
The California Department of Parks and Recreation, Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division (OHMVR Division) announces its RTP recommendations for $5.7 million in funding for twenty eight (28) motorized projects under the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) RTP.
The federal Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Authorization provides funding for the RTP. Eligible applicants include cities, counties, districts, state agencies, federal agencies, and non-profit organizations with management responsibilities of public lands. FHWA must approve project recommendations before California State Parks can execute grant contracts. Prior to forwarding these projects to FHWA, each must comply with the National Historical Preservation Act of 1966 (Section 106), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and be listed on the State Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP).
Download the RTP Recommendation List (PDF)