CA Parks Announces Funding for Non-motorized Trail Projects

The Office of Grants and Local Services (OGALS) of the California Department of Parks and Recreation has announced the availability of $6.7 million in grant funding for the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) to develop non-motorized recreational trails and trails-related facilities.


Who is eligible to apply?

  • Cities and Counties
  • Districts
  • State Agencies
  • Federal Agencies
  • Non-Profit Organizations with management responsibilities of public lands


What types of projects are eligible?

  • Acquisition of easements and fee simple title to property for Recreational Trails or Recreational Trail corridors.
  • Development and Rehabilitation of trails, Trailside and Trailhead Facilities.
  • Construction of new trails (with the following restrictions for new trails on federal lands):
  • Permissible under other law
  • Necessary and recommended by a statewide comprehensive outdoor recreation plan that is required by the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965 (16 U.S.C. 4601 4 et seq.) and that is in effect
  • Approved by each federal agency having jurisdiction over the affected lands


Recommended Maximum Grant Request:

Requests for grant funds should be no greater than $2,000,000 per application.


What is the match requirement?

The required match for RTP projects is at least 12 percent of total project costs. The maximum amount of RTP funds allowed for each project is 88 percent.


Matching funds may be obtained from the following eligible sources:

  • State funds including state grant funds.
  • Local funds including general funds and bond funds.
  • Private funds.
  • Donated materials and services.
  • Value of donated land - for Acquisition projects only.
  • Other federal funds up to 95% of the Total Project Cost


What is the deadline to apply for a RTP grant?

Applicants must submit their application online at by 5:00 p.m. PST on Thursday, June 15, 2023.


The Application Guide for this program can be found here.


For more information on this program or how to apply with Morrison’s assistance, please contact the Morrison Grants Team by email at or call us at 530-893-4764.


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