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Recreational Trails Program

Pardon Gray TrailThe Recreational Trails Program is a statewide program facilitated by DEM, in cooperation with DOT, to encourage the development and maintenance of recreation trails and trail related projects.Funding for the program is provided by the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), which authorized the Recreation Trails Program. Federal Highway Administration Program Guidance for the Recreational Trails Program can be found at Previously funded grants include projects to improve recreational trail access, safety, and education.

Eligible applicants include state and local government, indian tribes, or nonprofit organizations. Eligible nonprofits must be pursuant to Chapter 7-6 of the General Laws of Rhode Island, as amended, organization meeting the definition of "charitable trust" set out in section 18-9-4 of the General Laws of Rhode Island.

A Trails Advisory Committee evaluates grant applications, which are available on the DEM website, and recommends the highest scoring projects for funding to the Director of the Department of Environmental Management.

Projects are subject to an eligibility review for environmental and historic impacts by Rhode Island Department of Environmental management and Department of Transportation as well as the Rhode Island Historical Preservation Commission prior to funding approval. If the project review determines a significant environmental or historic impact, the project may not be funded.


Trail Grant Fact Sheet(PDF)

Trail Grant Application Form(PDF)

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