FWP announces changes to application process for recreation grant programs
By angelamontana

Posted: November 4, 2021

Due to software performance issues, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is making changes to its 2022 recreation grant program application cycles. Typically, applications for the Recreational Trails Program (RTP), the Off-Highway Vehicle Grant Program (OHV), the Montana Trail Stewardship Grant Program (MTSGP), and the new Summer Motorized Trail Pass Grant Program (SMTP) open on Nov. 1. However, a delay was needed so that FWP can revert to using WebGrants for the 2022 cycle.

FWP will begin accepting grant applications via the online system at funding.mt.gov as follows:

Off-Highway Vehicle Grant ProgramThis is a state-funded grant programThis program provides project funding with the goal of enhancing and maintaining OHV recreational opportunities for the benefit of OHV enthusiasts in Montana. This program is expected to award $230,000 during this cycle.

Applications Accepted: Dec. 15, 2021 – March 31, 2022

Montana Trail Stewardship Grant Program: The MTSGP is a state-funded grant program. This is the program’s second grant cycle. This program is expected to award about $1.35 million for construction or maintenance of motorized and non-motorized trails or trail-related facilities.

Applications Accepted: Dec. 15, 2021 – Feb. 15, 2022

Summer Motorized Trail Pass Grant ProgramA grant program funded through the creation of the OHV Trail Pass. This is the program’s second grant cycle. The program is expected to award about $153,000 to non-federal entities for the maintenance of OHV trails on public lands.

Applications Accepted: Dec. 15, 2021 – March 31, 2022

Recreational Trails ProgramThe RTP is a federally funded grant program. This grant program awards about $1.5 million annually. Eligible activities include construction or maintenance of motorized and non-motorized trails or trail-related facilities, purchase of trail equipment, and development of trail education or ethics programs.

Applications Accepted: Jan. 18 – Feb. 28, 2022

Training sessions for RTP and MTSGP will be offered virtually for prospective applicants. These sessions are free and highly recommended for new and returning applicants. The training provides tips on writing a competitive application, using the grant management software to submit an application and understanding differences and similarities between programs. Online joint trainings will be held via Zoom on Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22, from 1 to 3 p.m.

For more information on attending a grant application training session or applying to one of these opportunities, visit the Recreational Trails Program webpage or the Montana Trail Stewardship Program webpage.

For questions about the Recreational Trails Program, contact Samantha Erpenbach at Samantha.erpenbach@mt.gov.

For questions about the Montana Trail Stewardship Grant Program, contact Carissa Beckwith at carissa.beckwith@mt.gov.

For questions about the Summer Motorized Trail Pass Grant Program and OHV program, contact Seth McArthur at SMcArthur@mt.gov.

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