Virginia Recreational Trails Fund Updated:07/2019

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is a federal matching reimbursement program for building and rehabilitating trails and trail-related facilities. Funds may also be used to acquire land that is part of a trail development project. Federal Highway Administration and Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act funds make the program possible and mandate allocations to non-motorized, diversified and motorized trail categories.

Funding may be awarded to city, county, town or other government entities. Registered nonprofit groups partnered with a government body also are eligible. The Recreational Trails Program and Virginia Recreational Trails Program Advisory Committee steer project selections after a competitive call for applications.

New Funding Obligation Process

Funding obligation will occur in a two-step process: an RTP grant for preliminary engineering (PE) followed by a construction grant. PE grants help cover costs associated with studies, analysis, evaluations and associated activities necessary to develop an environmental assessment in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and other related regulatory requirements, costs for development of construction drawings, and costs for permitting. PE grants have an 18-month life for completion. Construction grants will have an 18-month life for completion. Proposed acquisitions must take place during the project's PE phase.

Contact Virginia Recreational Trails Fund

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Contact Virginia Recreational Trails Fund

Kristal McKelvey
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
600 E. Main St.
24th Floor
Richmond, VA  23219
Phone: (804) 786-4379

Service Area

Statewide Program in:
  • Virginia