CT DEP State Parks Division Guidance for Recreational Trail Grants
Typical RTP-funded projects from one state showing the diversity of trails and they types of trails work seen as important for funding.
From Connecticut DEP State Parks Division
Proposals must be submitted so that the RTAC will be able to consider the whole project from beginning to end. Applicants may submit scope of work and budgets that target a phase or phases of the whole project. A "phase" should be a "stand-alone" project that can be utilized successfully independent of the whole project. Please note that the CT RPT annual budget is typically less than 1 million dollars and that the RTAC prefers to fund more than one project annually.
Funding Level Targets
Contractual Information to Consider
1) The FHWA Funds for this grant round will not be released until fall of 2008. All awardees will need to enter into contract agreements with DEP to receive the grants. Given the length of time it takes to process the contracts, projects will probably not be able to start until spring of 2009. Please remember that DEP does not reimburse for any work done prior to approval of the grant and the full execution of the grant contract. Keep a record of certain in-kind services performed up to 18 months prior to grant award, specifically pre-approval project planning and environmental compliance costs to be credited toward your 20% match (non-Federal share) of the cost of a project, The costs incurred must be costs that would be allowable if the project had been approved. This provision helps project sponsors cover significant up-front costs incurred prior to project approval. The 18 month limit is intended to assure that planning and environmental documentation are still valid.
2) Prior to all final payments on the grants, applicants must contact the DEP to let them know that the project is complete and to arrange for a site visit.
3) All projects must display signage, with wording and graphics to be provided by the DEP, acknowledging the Recreational Trails Program funding. Brochures or educational materials must carry similar wording and must be pre-reviewed by DEP prior to publication.
Grant Selection Procedure
DEP Trails Committee reviews any project proposed on state property. DEP staff and the Recreational Trails Advisory Committee (RTAC) will review applications by the end of September 2008 and forward them to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for final action. Final decisions on grant awards should be available in November 2008.
The Recreational Trails Advisory Committee is required by FHWA and is made up of representatives from the various recreational disciplines, including horses, street and mountain bikes, hikers, town parks and recreation programs, motorcycles and snowmobiles.
All proposals are reviewed by DEP staff and given a preliminary score according to the tables below. The final selection of proposals is based upon the scores, considerations discussed by the RTAC and the amount of funds available.
Educational Project (max points attainable 35)
Point Value -- Project Attribute
15 Statewide audience
New Trail Development, Renovation or Maintenance (max points attainable 322)
Point Value -- Project Attribute
15 This is a project that is noted in DEP’s Recreational Trails Plan
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Updated December 19, 2008