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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.

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.

2015 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 2015 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:

Linda Reeves
Phone: 850-245-2702
Recreational Trails Program, Office of Operations
Department of Environmental Protection
3900 Commonwealth Blvd., MS 585
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3000

Submission Period

April 15, 2015 through April 30, 2015

Matching Ratio [RTP Grant : Local Match]
Maximum Grant Amount

Non-Motorized = $200,000
Motorized = $500,000; Motorized Diverse Use = $500,000

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Related Documents
Forms for Closing Projects

Last updated: September 17, 2015

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