On December 20, 2023

Dept. of Forests, Parks and Recreation is accepting applications for the recreational trails program


Want to build or improve a recreational trail in your Vermont community? The Vermont Dept. of Forests, Parks, and Recreation (FPR) invites municipalities, non-profits, and other governmental entities to apply for funding through the Recreational Trails Program. In 2024, FPR will award approximately $500,000, funded through the Federal Highways Administration, to build and maintain trails across the state.

Over the past 15 years, the Recreational Trails Program, or RTP, has provided almost $8.5 million in competitive grants to Vermont communities for the development and maintenance of public trails, for both motorized and non-motorized recreation.

“One of the benefits of the RTP grant program is that it supports so many ways for people to get outside,” said FPR Outdoor Recreation Program Manager Claire Polfus. “Whether you mountain bike, walk, bird-watch, snowmobile, ski, or do any other activity outside on trails, this grant can help create new trails to explore, rehabilitate existing trails so they are more resilient to extreme weather events and high use, and maintain well-loved trails so that your favorite places to get outside can remain open and accessible.”

Pre-applications for the RTP grants are open through Dec. 30. Email: ANR.FPRRecreationGrants@vermont.gov.

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