2016 Massachusetts Recreational Trails Program Grant Applications Open
Published on Sunday, October 11, 2015 in Education, News & Updates
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The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation has just announced that the 2016 Massachusetts Recreational Trails Program grant applications are open.

Information Sessions:
Three information sessions will be held to inform and update the public on the Recreational Trails Program, the application process and discuss any questions potential grant applicants may have. Session times and locations are listed at the bottom of this page.

RTP grants are awarded for the construction and maintenance of a variety of trails that include hiking trails, bikeways, snowmobile and off-road vehicle trails, and several others throughout the Commonwealth. The grants can be used to improve long-distance trails and rail trail development, snowmobile trail maintenance, and the creation or maintenance of municipal trails. Each recipient matches their grant with a minimum additional 20 percent in funding or in-kind services.

Funding for the RTP Grants is made possible by the US Department of Transportation and the Federal Surface Transportation Act, in partnership with MassDOT, with funds coming directly from the motor fuel excise tax on off-road vehicles including ATV’s and snowmobiles. All applications were reviewed by the Massachusetts Recreational Trails Advisory Board (MARTAB), an independent volunteer board appointed by the DCR Commissioner that is tasked with reviewing and recommending RTP grant proposals. The grants are intended to enable DCR, local communities, and volunteer organizations to make improvements to recreational trails in their areas.

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

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RTP Grant Information Sessions

Grant Session 1
Saturday, November 14th at the
2015 Massachusetts Trails Conference!
99 Erdman Way, Leominster, MA 01453
(Co-Presenting on Trails Funding Opportunities)

Grant Session 2
Wednesday, November 18th, 6:00 pm
Ponkapoag Golf Course, Meeting Room
2167 Washington St, Canton, MA 02021

Grant Session 3
Wednesday, December 2nd, 6:00 pm
Holyoke Heritage State Park
221 Appleton St, Holyoke, MA 01040

Contact Amanda Lewis, Recreational Trails Program Coordinator with any questions or 413-586-8706 ext. 19

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