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Florida Communities Trust (FCT)

Florida Communities Trust assists communities in protecting important natural resources, providing recreational opportunities and preserving Florida's traditional working waterfronts through the competitive criteria in the Parks and Open Space Florida Forever Grant Program and the Stan Mayfield Working Waterfronts Florida Forever Grant Program. These local land acquisition grant programs provide funding to local governments and eligible non-profit organizations to acquire land for parks, open space, greenways and projects supporting Florida's seafood harvesting and aquaculture industries. The source of funding for Florida Communities Trust comes from Florida Forever proceeds. Click here for more information.

Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program (FRDAP)

The FRDAP is a state competitive grant program that provides financial assistance to local governments to develop and/or acquire land for public outdoor recreational purposes the maximum grant request is $200,000. Click here for more information.

Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)

The LWCF is a federal competitive program which provides grants for acquisition or development of land for public outdoor recreation use. The matching ratio is one applicant dollar to one federal dollar for all grant awards (50% / 50%). The maximum grant request is $200,000. Click here for more information.

Coastal Partnership Initiative Grant Program (CPI)

This grant program was established to promote the protection and effective management of Florida's coastal resources at the local level. Grants support four program areas: resilient communities, public access, working waterfronts, and coastal stewardship. In the past, coastal paddling trail development and primitive campsite improvements such as composting toilets have been funded.

Florida Boating Improvement Program (FBIP)

Administered by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, this grant program provides funding through competitive grants for boating access projects and other motorized boating-related activities on coastal and/or inland waters of Florida.

Florida Department of Transportation Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)

The TAP focuses on improvements that create alternatives to transportation for the non-motorized user and enhancements to the transportation system for all users. Nine activities are eligible for funding including construction, planning and design of on- and off-road facilities for bicyclists and pedestrians.

Shared-Use Nonmotorized (SUN) Trail Network

Managed by the Florida Department of Transportation, the SUN Trail system funds non-motorized paved shared-use trails that are part of the Florida Greenways and Trails System Priority Map coordinated by OGT.

The Recreational Trails Program in Florida (RTP)

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is a federally funded competitive grant program that provides financial assistance to agencies of city, county, state or federal governments, and organizations, approved by the State, or state and federally recognized Indian tribal governments, for the development of recreational trails, trailheads and trailside facilities. The program has been shifted from OGT to the FDEP Office of Operations, Land and Recreation Grants.

For more information on Florida's Recreational Trails Program, view Chapter 62S-2, Florida Administrative Code (pdf 109 kb), the rule governing the program in Florida.

View a list of RTP funded projects by county (PDF 48 kb)     NOTE: does not include terminated or withdrawn projects.

2016 Recreational Trails Program Priority List

During the Recreational Trails Program 2015 submission cycle thirty-eight applications were received by the submittal deadline of April 30, 2015. Thirteen applications were determined to be ineligible. The remaining twenty-five applications were evaluated and prioritized according to the procedures set forth in Chapter 62S-2, F.A.C.

The total request of eligible project applications amounts to $3,741,341.11. The eligible applications include one $300,000 motorized project and $3,411,341.11 for twenty-four non-motorized projects. FHWA (Federal Highway Administration) requires that all available funding, totaling $1,665,781.18, be utilized for motorized projects. FHWA anticipates additional funding, totaling $2,602,532.00, will be available for apportionment in 1/12 increments of the total allocation after November 1, 2015. FHWA authorizes the additional funding allocation to be distributed as 30% for motorized, 30% for non-motorized and 40% for diverse-use projects in accordance with Chapter 62S-2 and FHWA Guidance. Based on this formula, the proposed Department recommendations for non-motorized and diverse-use projects totals $1,819,646.82.

The Year 2016 Priority List is being submitted to FHWA for final consideration and authorization. Once approval is received from FHWA, all applicants will be informed of the recommendations.

If you have questions about RTP, please contact:

Pamela Lister
Phone: 850-245-2065
Pamela.Lister@dep.state.fl.us 
Recreational Trails Program, Office of Operations
Department of Environmental Protection
3900 Commonwealth Blvd., MS 585
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3000

Submission Period

April 11, 2016 through April 29, 2016 [PDF]

Matching Ratio

 RTP Grant : Local Match

            80 : 20
            60 : 40
            50 : 50

Maximum Grant Amount

Non-Motorized Trail = $200,000; Mixed Use Trail: $500,000; Motorized Trail = No Cap.

* Due to previous lack of motorized projects applications, the funding cap is currently removed for qualified motorized projects, not to exceed $1.5 million. Match requirements still apply.

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Last updated: September 07, 2016

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