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 2016 Recreational Trails Program Advisory Board Meeting - Public Notice (June 9, 2016)

Recap of the September 2015 Non-Motorized Application Cycle:

$8.4 Million of Recommended Projects Announced

Over $60 million was requested through the September 15, 2015 - Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Non-Motorized Project Application Cycle

Next RTP Non-Motorized Application Process
(June 16, 2016)

The next RTP Non-Motorized application cycle administered by the California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) Office of Grants and Local Services (OGALS) has not yet been determined.

OGALS does not anticipate conducting another cycle before 2018, due to the development of a new RTP Non-Motorized Application guide that will replace the June 4, 2007 Final RTP Procedural Guide.  The new application guide will incorporate updated information based on the “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act” (FAST Act), which was signed by President Obama on December 1, 2015.

OGALS anticipates posting the new draft Application Guide, Public Hearing schedule and Public Comment period dates here in early 2017.

Current RTP Procedural Guide, Final, June 4, 2007
(Valid for applications submitted beginning in 2008 - present)

For Non-Motorized RTP application questions, contact:
Office of Grants and Local Services, Project Officer

For Motorized RTP project information, please contact California State Parks, Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division:
Matt Whamond
RTP Motorized Grant Administrator

Program Overview:  The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) provides funds annually for recreational trails and trails-related projects.  The RTP is administered at the federal level by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).  It is administered at the state level by the California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and the Department of Transportation (Caltrans) Active Transportation Program (ATP).  (For more information about the ATP:  Non-motorized DPR projects are administered by the Office of Grants and Local Services and motorized projects are administered by DPR's Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division.

Eligible Applicants:
    Cities and Counties
    State Agencies
    Federal Agencies
    Non-Profit Organizations with management responsibilities of public lands

Maximum and Minimum Grant Request: There is no maximum or minimum limit on grant request amounts.  

Match Requirement:
  The maximum amount of RTP funds allowed for each project is 88% of the total project cost.  The applicant is responsible for obtaining a match amount that is at least 12% of the total project cost.

Eligible Match Sources:
    State funds, including State Grant funds.
    Local funds, including general funds and bond funds.
    Private funds.
    Donated materials and services.
    Value of donated land (for Acquisition projects only).
    Other federal funds.

Send non-motorized applications to:
     California State Parks
     Office of Grants and Local Services
     P.O. Box 942896
     Sacramento, CA  94296-0001

Send motorized applications to:
     California State Parks
     Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division
     P.O. Box 942896
     Sacramento, CA  94296-0001

Federal Application Requirement:
Unless otherwise noted, all applicants are required to comply with the following after the State recommends the project for funding:

1.  Compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and documentation*.

2.  Completion of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 process and documentation, and

3.  Listing of the project on either the State Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP) or a local Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP), as applicable.

4.  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 September 15 application due date. 

More information about these federal application requirements can also be found in the RTP Procedural Guide, dated Final, June 4, 2007, on page 51.

Partnership Opportunities:
The Recreational Trails Program 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.

Additional Resource:
California State Parks Statewide Trails Section:
The Statewide Trails Section provides education and technical assistance to trail managers, recreation providers, open space managers and non-governmental trails and greenways advocates on non-motorized trail planning, design, construction, funding and management throughout California. To learn more, call (916) 653-9901 or click here.
Payment Requests at Least Every Six Months
This letter explains why Grantees must request a payment every six months.  (September 9, 2015)

Program Guidelines:
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)
The regulations incorporate the procedural guide above dated "FINAL, June 4, 2007" that became effective on August 14, 2008.

Previous Procedural Guides

Draft Procedure Guide (January 25, 2007):
(Valid for applications submitted in 2007)

Procedure Guide (June 1, 2006):
(Valid for applications submitted in 2006)

Procedure Guide (March 1999):
(Valid for applications submitted prior to 2006)

 Recreational Trails Funded Projects

California State Parks Recommends $1.14 Million for Local Projects (December 2, 2014)

 State Parks Announces Recommendations for $1.47 Million in Local Projects (November 6, 2013)

 RTP Funding Recommendations Announced 2009 / 2010:
    (Recommended / Not Recommended)

 RTP Funding Recommendations Announced 2008 / 2009:
    (Recommended / Not Recommended