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Recreational Trails Program Grants

Recreational trails provide benefits for all of us that include: public health, economic, transportation, and local community pride and identity. The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) provides funds to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities in Montana.

About the Program

Montana State Parks administers the Recreational Trails Program (RTP), a federally funded grants program that supports Montana’s trails.

The RTP funds come from the Federal Highway Trust Fund, and represent a portion of the motor fuel excise tax collected from nonhighway recreational fuel use: fuel used for off-highway recreation by snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, off-highway motorcycles, and off-highway light trucks.

RTP applicants can include federal, tribal, state, county or city agencies, private associations and clubs. Examples of eligible projects include: urban trail development, basic front and backcountry trail maintenance, restoration of areas damaged by trail use, development of trailside facilities, and educational and safety projects related to trails.

Montana State Parks collaborates with the State Trails Advisory Committee to review the RTP applicants each year. 

2022 Grant Application Cycle

The 2022 application cycle will open in the winter of 2022.  The application cycle will open later than its usual date of November 1.

General Information

AmpliFund Help Documents

  • AmpliFund Instructions from FWP: This was created by FWP for RTP grantees specifically. MTSGP grantees may find it useful, as well. It takes you through AmpliFund processes step by step.
  • AmpliFund User Guide: This a universal user guide created by AmpliFund. Some information will not be useful/relevant to FWP grantees because of the way FWP has configured its awards in AmpliFund.

State Trails Advisory Committee

Past Recipients


Carissa Beckwith
Recreation Trails Program Manager
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
PO Box 200701
Helena, MT 59620
(406) 444-3343