Grant Eligibility Requirements

The 2023 grant application period has closed.


In 2023, RTC will award approximately $200,000 to organizations and local agencies that are working to develop and connect equitable trail networks. To support a wide variety of projects and programs that reflect elements of the TrailNation Playbook, grant amounts will range between $5,000 and $25,000.

The 2023 grant application period has closed.

RTC will review and evaluate all applications and award grants to projects following the timeline below:

Timeline and Grant Accountability

  • June 30, 2023–Online Application process opens
  • July 31, 2023–Application must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Fall 2023–RTC will announce awards
  • September 31, 2024–Final Project Report due to RTC

Eligibility Requirements

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- Project Vision (e.g. developing a local or regional vision)
- Coalition building (e.g. cultivating stakeholder and political support)
- Gap-filling strategy (e.g. acquisition strategies)
- Mapping and analytics (e.g. mapping the network, equitable connectivity analysis)
- Investment Strategy (e.g. securing matching funds, identifying and pursuing funding opportunities)
- Engagement (e.g. inclusive community engagement, user activation, and events)

  • The project must serve or plan to serve multiple user types (e.g., bicycling, walking/hiking or horseback riding) and be considered a rail-trail, greenway, multi-use trail or shared-use path.
  • Eligible grantees include: non-profit organizations; state, regional, local or tribal government agencies; and other organizations. Private individuals may not apply.
  • Projects must be initiated by September 2024
  • To apply for a grant—all applicants must register to join RTC’s TrailNation Collaborative. Registration is free and only requires an email address. Collaborative members have access to free webinars and monthly newsletters.
  • Only one application per group/agency will be accepted.
  • Preference will be given to projects that commit to increasing equitable access to trail networks.

Grant Check List

I have registered for RTC’s TrailNation Collaborative

I have thoroughly read the guidelines above and confirmed my eligibility to apply.

I have reviewed the Grant Application Worksheet and am prepared to submit all necessary information including:

I am able to apply for this grant on behalf of my organization.

Apply online.