Connecticut Recreational Trails

Funding Information

DEEP's CT Recreational Trails Grants Program
Established in 2015, per CGS Section 23-103, as amended by Public Act No. 15-190, to provide funding to any private nonprofit organizations, municipalities, state departments and tribal governments in support of trail projects including:
  • Planning, design and construction of new trails (motorized and non-motorized).
  • Maintenance and restoration of existing trails (motorized and non-motorized).
  • Access to trails by persons with disabilities.
  • Purchase and lease of trail construction and maintenance equipment.
  • Acquisition of land or easements for a trail, or for trail corridors.
  • Operation of educational programs to promote safety and environmental protection as related to recreational trails.
Grant amounts vary and will depend upon the availability of currently uncommitted state funds.  Requests should be less than 1 million dollars.  Grants can pay up to 80% of total project costs, a 20% match is required. 
Previously funded projects:

If you're interested in participating in any future grant round, please review pages 1 and 2 of the application for guidance.

Application (word)   Application (pdf)


CT Department of Transportation's Trail Funding Opportunities
Transportation Enhancement (TE) Program
The TE Program is administered by the State of Connecticut Department of Transportation on behalf of the Federal Highway Administration. The TE Program offers a source of funds for addressing the needs of non-motorized transportation users. A focus of the State’s program is safety, accessibility and connectivity.

Local Transportation Capital Improvement Program (LOTCIP)
The LOTCIP program provides State funds to urbanized area municipal governments in lieu of Federal funds otherwise available through Federal transportation legislation.  Bike and pedestrian projects are eligible.

Community Connectivity Program
The Community Connectivity Program, seeks to improve accommodations for bicyclists and pedestrians in urban, suburban and rural community centers.

National Recreational Trails Program (NRTP)
NRTP is an assistance program of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Formerly administered through the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP). 
Content last updated March 22, 2022