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Bismarck, ND The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department (NDPRD) is seeking trail project applications for the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) starting Monday, April 1, 2024.

The RTP is an 80/20 matching grant program that provides funding for both motorized and non-motorized recreational trail projects. The RTP is administered at the state level through the NDPRD and federally through the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

Examples of eligible RTP projects include the construction of new recreation trails, restoration of existing trails, development and rehabilitation of trailside and trailhead facilities and trail linkages, purchasing and leasing recreational trail construction and maintenance equipment, land acquisition, and trail accessibility assessments. Our video series, Miles and Momentshighlights our grant projects. We encourage applicants to use the showcased projects as a resource as they seek matching dollars by showing the impact these trail projects have on communities across North Dakota. The following entities are eligible and are encouraged to apply:

  • Cities, counties, and townships
  • Park boards and park districts
  • State and federal agencies
  • Registered non-profit organizations
  • Federally recognized tribes

Focused on a vision surpassing traditional paths, this year's funding priority is creating new trails that link to existing trails, forging connections to the “last mile” – that pivotal final tie to connect people and places. Applicants are encouraged to demonstrate that last mile connection in their application narrative.

Project applications should be submitted through Web Grants at https://grants.nd.gov/index.do. Letters for pre-award notification will tentatively be sent out to applicants in May. Projects will have approximately a 9- to 12-month application processing period before funds are granted by NDPRD.

For further information on RTP requirements, please visit our website or contact Char Langehaug, Grants Coordinator at 701-328-5357.


The mission of the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department is to enrich generations through experiences that connect people and places. 

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