2012 Massachusetts RTP Round is Now Open!
Published on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 in General Announcements, News & Updates
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The 2012 Massachusetts Recreational Trails Program Grant Round is now open!

Please visit the Recreational Trails Program website for grant guidelines, application materials, and paperwork guidelines: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/services-and-assistance/grants-and-technical-assistance/greenways-and-trails-program.html

The 2012 Statewide Trail Education Grant Round is also open with the same application deadline of October 1, 2011. For more information on this funding opportunity, visit http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/services-and-assistance/grants-and-technical-assistance/greenways-and-trails-program.html

The Department of Conservation and Recreation will be holding two free workshop to discuss the Recreational Trails Program. The dates, times and locations are as follows:

Saturday, June 11th, 9-11am, Norman Smith Education Center (formerly Chickatawbut Education Center) Chickatawbut Hill Road, Milton, MA

Wednesday, June 29th, 6-8pm, Berkshire Athenaeum (Pittsfield Public Library), One Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA
The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) provides funds to non-profit organizations, municipal, state, and federal land managers to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both non-motorized and motorized recreational trail uses. RTP grants are 80-20 challenge grants. In other words, 80% of the project costs are reimbursed to grantees, but at least 20% of the total project value must come from other sources (local match). There is a minimum award amount $2,000 and a maximum of $50,000. More money may be available for multi-town, regional projects. The Recreational Trails Program allocates 30% of its funds to motorized use, 30% to non-motorized use, and 40% to diverse use projects.

The workshop will go over the program requirements for the RTP, discuss the scoring criteria, provide examples and presentations on successful grant projects and provide feedback and answer any questions that potential applicants may have about the program or about their specific projects and how they fall within the requirements of the program. No registration is required.

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