DEEP: CT DEP Recreational Trails Grants Program Requesting Proposals

June 3, 2009

CT DEP Recreational Trails Grants
Program Requesting Proposals

Applications for federal funds due by September 1, 2009

The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is now accepting proposals for Connecticut Recreational Trails Program Grants. Applications will be accepted through September 1, 2009. Grants may be made to any private nonprofit organizations, municipalities and state departments. Grant amounts vary. Federal funding of approximately $1 million will be available for distribution by the DEP in the upcoming state fiscal year.

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is an assistance program of the U.S. Department of Transportationís Federal Highway Administration. RTP is administered through the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Recreational Trails Program funds may be used for:

  • Construction of new trails (motorized and non-motorized).
  • Maintenance and restoration of existing recreational trails (motorized and non-motorized).
  • Access to trails by persons with disabilities.
  • Purchase and lease of trail construction and maintenance equipment.
  • Acquisition of land or easements for a trail, or for trail corridors.
  • Operation of educational programs to promote safety and environmental protection as related to recreational trails.

Highlights of previous grant recipients include:

The City of Bridgeport, received $50,000.00 to develop a circuitous hiking trail on Veterans Memorial Park behind the Discovery Museum that includes a solar model and interpretive signs.

Old Lyme Conservation Commission was awarded $2,790.00 to produce an educational guide book for Town trail system.

Town of Putnam received $72,600.00 to construct a trail to connect the existing Putnam River Trail to the newly designed Riverview Farmers Marketplace.

Nipmuck Trail Riders Snowmobile Club, Inc. has received grants totaling over $18,000.00 to improve trails in the Nipmuck State Forest.

Visit www.ct.gov/deep/rectrails for details and applications.

For further information contact: Laurie Giannotti, DEP Recreational Trails & Greenways Program at (860) 424-3578.