Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Recreational Trails Grant Program

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Program Background

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) provides funds to the States to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both nonmotorized and motorized recreational trail uses. The RTP is an assistance program of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). In New York State, the RTP is administered by the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP).

The RTP legislation requires that States use 30% of funds for non-motorized recreation, 30% for motorized recreation, and 40% for diverse recreational trail use.

How to Apply for RTP Funding Assistance

  • Read the New York State Recreational Trails Program Guide (below) in its entirety. It reflects the most recent RTP guidance and supersedes previous guidance distributed by OPRHP.
  • Review the RTP scoring criteria before beginning the application (Appendix A).
  • Visit the OPRHP Grants website at for information regarding upcoming funding opportunities and read the RTP materials.
  • Complete the application by the deadline and include all relevant information.