Rural Recreation and Tourism Program

Rural Recreation and Tourism Program (RRT)

This is a Proposition 68 (2018 Bond Act) program found in Public Resources Code § 80090(a)-(b).

Competitive grants will create new recreation opportunities in support of health-related and goals in rural communities.

Projects must be located in nonurbanized counties with populations of less than 500,000 people and low population densities per square mile, as determined by the Department.

To qualify as rural, the project site must meet these thresholds: 

1. Be in a county with a population below 500,000 people, and, in a city/town/census designated place that has a population below 50,000 people.


2. Be in a county with a population below 500,000 people, and, in a city/town/census designated place that has a population below 80,000 people, provided that the county below 500,000 people has adopted State planning priorities pursuant to Government Code Section 65041.1.  The applicant shall include in the RRT application a letter or other documentation from the County's Planning Agency confirming the county has adopted one or more State planning priorities found in Government Code Section 65041.1 to limit sprawl, protect environmental and agricultural resources, and encourages efficient infill development patterns within incorporated city limits.


Ineligible project sites are any of the following:

A) All projects in counties with populations above 500,000 people, regardless of city population.


B) Projects in a city/town/census designated place that has a population above 50,000 people, even if the county population is below 500,000 people.  For the exception, see 2 above.

The final application guide will be posted here by November 2020.  The application due date will not occur before Summer 2021.

Eligible Applicants
Cities, Counties, and eligible Districts in nonurbanized areas.

Eligible Projects and Priorities
Acquisition and development, or development of land to:

(1) Create new recreational opportunities in rural communities that have a lack of outdoor recreation infrastructure.  Projects that support both economic and health-related goals for residential recreation and will attract out-of-town visitors will be given priority.

(2) New opportunities are the creation of facilities that currently do not exist, and may include but are not limited to:

  • Accessible trails and bikeways for wildlife viewing or other significant draws
  • Sports complexes that host travel ball tournaments and leagues
  • Visitor centers that interpret a significant historic or natural resource
  • Amphitheaters that support performing arts and other cultural recreation attractions
  • Campgrounds
  • Access to waterways
  • Aquatic centers

Amount Available
$23,125,000 upon appropriation by the legislature.  Funding is currently not available.

Next Steps

  1. Applications will not be due in 2020.  An application due date will be announced here after the Application Guide is finalized.
  2. It is anticipated that the application period will start no sooner than summer 2021.  Application Workshops will be offered approximately five months before applications are due.  Applicants will be given at least five months to prepare applications from the date the application period is announced.

Technical Assistance Contacts
For technical assistance, applicants are encouraged to send questions to the “Competitive Grant Application/Pre-Award” Project Officer based on the county where the project is located.  Please use this link:  List of Competitive Application Project Officers by County