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Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Grant

Grants to Ohio Nonprofits, Political Subdivisions, and Agencies
for the Development of Outdoor Recreational Resources

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Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) - Office of Real Estate and Land Management

Deadline Date:

04/15/21 Postmarked


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Grants to Ohio nonprofit organizations, political subdivisions, and agencies for activities related to the development of outdoor recreational resources. Funding may be used for basic concept costs, acquisition, maintenance, rehabilitation, and development to enhance the State's recreational trails.

The following types of projects are eligible for RTP funding:

  • New recreational trail construction (non-motorized and motorized)
  • Trail maintenance/restoration
  • Trailside and trailhead facilities (for example, parking, restrooms, potable water, etc.)
  • Purchase/lease of recreational trail construction and maintenance equipment
  • Acquisition of easements and property for recreational trails or recreational trail corridors
  • Educational programs promoting trail safety and environmental protection (These projects cannot exceed 5 percent of Ohio’s annual RTP apportionment.)

For more information on eligible projects, see p. 16 of the Application in Supporting Documents below.

An applicant’s first ODNR application is given additional priority consideration.

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GrantWatch ID#: 169260

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Maximum Project Award: $150,000

Term of Contract:

You should plan to complete your project within 15 months of entering into formal agreement with the ODNR.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:

1. Political Subdivisions of Ohio
a. cities, villages
b. counties
c. townships
d. special districts such as park districts, joint recreation boards, or conservancy districts
e. jointly sponsored projects between political subdivisions

2. State Government Agencies
b. Ohio Historical Society
c. Other state agencies

3. Federal Government Agencies
a. National Park Service
b. U.S. Forest Service
c. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
d. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
e. Other federal agencies

For ineligible RTP projects, see p. 17 of the Application in Supporting Documents below.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be postmarked by April 15th, 2021.

RTP Project Application Process:
- Submission: April 15
- Site visits and review: through August 1 (approximately)
- Recommendation and approval: October or November

Your project must be reviewed by your local Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) (where applicable) or, if your project is located outside of an MPO, your local planning agency must be notified of your project.

Required Match: 20%. Up to 80 percent matching federal funds is reimbursed.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Send all applications and inquiries to:
Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Office of Real Estate
Attn: D’Juan Hammonds
2045 Morse Road, E-2
Columbus OH 43229-6693

Direct questions to:
D’Juan Hammonds, Program Manager
telephone: (614) 265-6417
fax: (614) 267-4764

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