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About FWP > Trail Grants Recreational Trails Program

Program Specifics

FWP 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.

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


Approximately $1.5 million is made available each year.

  • Maximum award: $100,000

  • Match Requirement: 20% of total project costs



RTP applicants can include federal, tribal, state, county or city agencies, private associations and clubs including nonprofits. Examples of eligible projects include:

  • Maintenance and restoration of existing recreational trails

  • Development and rehabilitation of trailside and trailhead facilities and trail linkages

  • Purchase and lease of recreational trail construction and maintenance equipment

  • Construction of new recreational trails

  • Acquisition of easements and fee simple title for recreational trail corridors

  • Development and dissemination of publications and operation of educational programs to promote safety and environmental protection

How to Apply

The next grant application cycle will begin run from November 1, 2022 through January 31, 2023

Prospective applicants should review the Application Guidelines for details. Applications are accepted through the WebGrants.

Award Management

Past Recipients


Program Contact

Stephanie Clemen, RTP Program Manager