Recreational Trails Program Awards:


2015 RTP Achievement Awards

Award-Winning Trail and Greenway Projects

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The 2015 "Annual Achievement Awards" are selected in recognition of outstanding use of Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funds. The awards ceremony hosted by the Coalition for Recreational Trails was held in Washington, D.C. on June 10, 2015 at the U.S. House of Representatives offices. The awards are part of annual efforts by national trails and outdoor recreation organizations to promote the importance of RTP funding to States across America.


Awards for Outstanding State Recreational Trails Advisory Committee and Outstanding State Trail Program are chosen by members of the National Association of State Park Directors, which is particularly appropriate because, in most states, the state park agency administers the RTP. We greatly appreciate the assistance of both the NASPD’s Awards Committee, chaired by Kris Marek, Director of Oklahoma State Parks, and NASPD’s Executive Director Lewis Ledford.


Montana’s State Recreational Trails Program

Outstanding State Trail Program


Montana State Parks administers the state's Recreational Trails Program. Since 2013, they have managed the entire RTP grant application process via an online Webgrants system, which has led to streamlining and efficiency in the grant-application and management process.

The RTP is the single most important and largest funding source for any trail-related efforts in Montana. As a result, the state works hard to allocate RTP funds to as many varied projects throughout the state as possible, taking into consideration geographical location, winter and summer projects, and motorized and non-motorized uses. They typically fund approximately 50-65 projects annually.

Every grant cycle, 100% of the available RTP funds are awarded to eligible projects statewide. In recent years, the amount of RTP grant requests has exceeded the available funding by two to three times. In response, Montana RTP obligates funds immediately and also re-allocates any unexpended funds in an effort to avoid federal rescissions.

The program’s typical grant is about $45,000. However, for truly exemplary projects, they have a “Big Grant” category, which typically involves one or two grants at $90,000. In addition, in an effort to assist regionally significant trail projects to move forward— for example, connections between one community and another— Montana established the Special Set-Aside Account that allows it to offer major grant opportunities every two to five years.

Montana’s administration of the Recreational Trails Program is an example of outstanding public service. And so we are very pleased to present our RTP Achievement Award for state trail programs to the State of Montana.


For more information:

Montana State Parks trails program:

The Recreational Trails Program

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