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Montana Trail Stewardship Grant Program

The Montana Trail Stewardship Program (MTSGP) was authorized by Senate Bill 24 in the 2019 Legislative Session. Funding for the program comes from $1.37 of Montana’s $9.00 light vehicle registration fee.

About the Program

The Montana Trail Stewardship Grant Program (MTSGP) is a state program that provides funding for the development, renovation, and maintenance of motorized and non-motorized recreational trails and trailside facilities throughout Montana and in its communities (23-2-108 and 23-2-109, MCA). The MTSGP is administered by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.


Eligible funding areas include:

  • New trail and shared-use path construction;
  • Rehabilitation and maintenance of existing trails and shared-use paths, including grooming of trails for motorized and nonmotorized winter recreation; and
  • Construction and maintenance of trailside and trailhead facilities, including but not limited to bridges, fencing, parking, bathrooms, latrines, picnic shelters, interpretation, trail signs, and trailside weed management.

Noneligible funding areas include:

  • Development of trail safety and education programs
  • Design and engineering
  • Equipment purchases
  • Land acquisitions

Additional eligible and ineligible project types are discussed in Appendix A of the 2022 Application Guidelines.

The MTSGP will allocate at least 30% of all annual funding to uses related to motorized recreation and at least 30% to uses related to nonmotorized recreation.

Grant applicants may include federal, tribal, state, county, or municipal agencies (including school districts), and nonprofit recreational associations and clubs.

Applications are accepted on an annual basis. Funded projects are typically awarded in late spring and may begin work in mid-summer. Grant awardees have two years to complete project work. The MTSGP is a reimbursement program. If awarded, an entity may receive reimbursement only after the entity has expended funds on an eligible expense and submitted adequate documentation.

The State Trail Advisory Committee (STAC) serves as an advisory committee to the MTGP. Read more about the STAC on its webpage.

2022 Grant Application Cycle

The 2022 application cycle will open on December 15, 2021. Applications will be accepted until February 15, 2022 via WebGrants at funding.mt.gov. An anticipated $1.0 million will be awarded this cycle. Awards will be announced in April. Contracts will be issued, and project work may begin, in July.


Application training sessions will be held virtually via Zoom. See “Upcoming Training Sessions” for details.


2022 MTSGP Applicant Guidelines are now available.


Additional Application Forms:

Upcoming Training Sessions

There are currently no application training sessions scheduled. 


The presentation for the 2022 RTP & MTSGP application cycles can be downloaded as a PDF here: 2022 Training Presentation.

 

Award Management

Grant Management System: In 2020, the State of Montana switched to a new grant management platform – AmpliFund. After encountering difficulties with AmpliFund’s functionality that require more time to resolve, FWP is returning to WebGrants. All MTSGP awards have been transitioned back to WebGrants.


WebGrants Help Documents


Grant Management Forms

Past Recipients

Contact

Carissa Beckwith

Montana Trail Stewardship Program Manager
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
PO Box 200701
Helena, MT 59620
(406) 444-3343
Carissa.Beckwith@mt.gov