Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) announced today that 60 trail organizations, communities, and various land-managing agencies throughout Montana will receive federal Recreational Trails Program (RTP) federal grant awards for their projects in 2015.
A record 89 RTP applications were received this year from a variety of eligible applicants, including federal and state agencies, towns, cities, counties, and private clubs and organizations.
The funds are appropriated to the states in the 2014 Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (Map-21) legislation passed by Congress with additional extensions for fiscal year 2015. The Recreational Trails Program current awards total approximately $982,500 in federal funds with the remaining awards to be released later this fall as funding becomes available. On May 31, 2015 Congress passed appropriations legislation to fund the current surface transportation program for two-thirds (through July 31, 2015) of the current Federal fiscal year. Funds have been allocated to the highest-scoring 33 projects based upon their relative scores and State Trails Advisory Committee recommendations.
The RTP Program awards grants through an annual competitive application process. Projects can range from construction and maintenance of trails, development of trailside and trailhead facilities, ethics and avalanche education and trainings, and interpretive programs.
A list of the successful 2015 Recreational Trails Program grant recipients is available here.