State requests proposals for OHV and recreational trails
By Moosetrack Megan

Posted: November 9, 2017

Montana State Parks ( will open the application cycle for the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) and the Off-Highway Vehicle Program (OHV) on Thursday, November 9, 2017 through the online system at The application deadline for both grants will be February 1, 2018 at 5pm.

Recreational Trails Program training sessions will be offered throughout Montana for all prospective applicants on the following dates:

  • November 29th-Bozeman –FWP Region 3 Conference Room—10am-1pm
  • December 1st-Helena—FWP Annex Building Conference Room—10:30am-1:30pm
  • December 6th-Kalispell—FWP Region 1 Conference Room—1pm-4pm
  • December 7th-Missoula—FWP Region 2 Conference Room—10am-1pm

RTP and OHV program applicants can include federal, state, county or municipal agencies, private associations and clubs (not individuals).  Eligible projects for RTP include: development of trail linkages near homes and work places; construction and maintenance of trails; development of trailside and trailhead facilities; trail-related education and interpretive programs; and weed control along trails and trailhead areas.

OHV eligible projects include, but are not limited to: maintenance of existing OHV trails; signing; ethics education; noxious weed control adjacent to OHV trails; and route mapping.

Montana State Parks manages the annual RTP grant program which administers federal funding with oversight from the Federal Highway Administration. The OHV grant program is funded through monies appropriated by the State Legislature. These funds come from 1/8 of 1% of the state gas tax, registration decal fees, and non-resident permit fees.

For more information on applying for RTP and OHV grants visit:

For questions about RTP grants, contact Beth Shumate at 406-444-4585 or

For questions about OHV grants, contact Seth McArthur at 406-444-3753 or

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