National Recreational Trails Program

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) 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), Recreational Trails Program funds were used for projects that may have included:

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  • Construction of new trails (motorized and non-motorized).
  • Maintenance and restoration of existing recreational 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.

Eligible sponsors included private organizations; municipalities; federal, state and regional agencies and other government entities such as tribal.   Grant amounts varied. 

RTP Grant Making Process (typical)

Project Guidance

2015-16 grant round -  Closed July 1, 2015.   Per CGS Section 23-103 as amended by Public Act No. 15-190, these proposals will be State funded.  All applicants will be notified by February 19, 2016.

Previously funded projects:

2006 Projects     2007 Projects    2008 Projects   2009 Projects   2010 Projects  2011 Projects

2012 Projects     2013-14 Projects

Sample, approved proposal:  Town of Mansfield

If you have any further questions please feel free to contact Laurie Giannotti at (860) 424-3578 or by email at

Content last updated September 22, 2016