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RTC launched a new grant program in 2015 to support organizations and local governments that are implementing projects to build and improve rail-trails. Under the Doppelt Family Trail Development Fund, RTC will award a total of $85,000 per year for the next five years to qualifying projects through a competitive process. The fund was established with an $80,000 grant from Jeff Doppelt of Great Neck, New York, a long-time supporter of RTC and development of rail-trails in the United States, and an additional $20,000 donation from an anonymous donor.

Applications for 2016 Are Closed

Applications for 2016 funding will be accepted through Jan. 31, 2016.

Grantees for 2016 will be announced in June 2016. If you would like more information about the application process, please review the 2016 Application Instructions and Worksheet.

Have questions? Feel free to contact us.

2016 Grant Recipients

Visit our blog for the 2016 recipients, announced on June 4, 2016.

2015 Grant Recipients

The following grants were announced in Fall 2015:

Photo courtesy Erie to Pittsburgh Trail Alliance
  • Harrison County Commission (West Virginia): $11,000 to reopen (including tools, labor costs and equipment) the 12-mile Harrison County North Rail Trail—which will close a major gap in West Virginia's trail network. Scheduled for reopening in Spring 2016, this trail has been closed for several years due to brownfield remediation.
  • Redbank Valley Trails Association (Pennsylvania): $8,000 to help build and provide the limestone surfacing for a 1-mile section (in a 9-mile gap) of the Redbank Valley Rail Trail, a connection of the Armstrong and Erie to Pittsburgh trails.
  • Erie to Pittsburgh Trail Alliance, Inc. (EPTA) (Pennsylvania): $1,000 to help match a $10,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for completion of a three-year strategic plan (and 2016-2017 work plan) for the Erie to Pittsburgh Trail.

These grants were awarded during the summer of 2015:

  • Allegheny Trail Alliance (Pennsylvania): $40,000 for the renovation of the Pinkerton Tunnel, which will create a continuous rail-trail connection through a section of the Great Allegheny Passage, eliminating a 1.5-mile detour.
Photo courtesy Missouri Rock Island Trail, Inc.
  • Missouri Rock Island Trail, Inc. (Missouri): $7,500 to support trail development on a 145-mile segment of the inactive Rock Island Line in Missouri, which will eventually be a crucial part of a 384-mile cross-state trail system linking St. Louis and Kansas City; an additional $7,500 will be used for trail consulting services.

  • Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (Nebraska): $10,000 to engage communities along 126 miles of undeveloped corridor to complete the Cowboy Recreation and Nature Trail in Northwest Nebraska, while developing a strategy for economic development opportunities along the trail.