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Announcement: December 10, 2015 
Recreational Trails Program Funding Cycle
Start Date: December 11, 2015   
Close Date: March 10, 2016

The FY 2016 Funding Cycle for Recreational Trails Program (RTP) has closed.

43 applications were received requesting a total amount of $4,430,899.89.

Approval Process:

The RTP applications will now go through the review process which consists of Outdoor Recreational Grants Division and the Recreational Trail Advisory Committee.  Once all applications have been reviewed and scored, potential applications will be submitted to Federal Highway Administration for their review and approval.  The timeframe can vary but once potential applications have been approved for funding and clearance has been received from Federal Highway Administration, all applicants will be notified in writing by the Outdoor Recreational Grants Division. 
Recreational Trails Program

Program Overview

The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) reauthorized the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) through Federal fiscal years 2013 and 2014 as a set-aside from the Transportation Alternatives Program.

Each State:

  • receives funds apportioned by statutory formula
  • administers its own program, usually through a State resource or park agency
  • develops its own procedures to solicit and select projects for funding
  • has a  State Recreational Trail Advisory Committee to assist with the program that must meet at least one time each fiscal year
    • in some States, the committee selects the projects
    • in others, the committee is advisory only

RTP Frequently Asked Questions

Interactive Map for RTP Funded Projects - Trailhead

Land and Water Conservation Fund Program 

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) program was established by the LWCF Act of 1965. Federal funds are appropriated by Congress through the Department of Interior and administered on the federal level by National Park Service (NPS) and on the state level by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, Outdoor Recreation Grants division.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) program was established to stimulate a nationwide action program to assist in preserving, developing, and assuring to all citizens of the United States, of present and future generations, such quality and quantity of outdoor recreation resources as may be available. The program provides matching grants to States, and through the States to local units of government, for the acquisition and development of public outdoor recreation sites and facilities. Funding for the program is provided largely from Outer Continental Shelf mineral receipts, with additional income from the Motorboat Fuels Tax, recreation user fees, and through the sales of federal surplus property. Federal LWCF obligations have been matched by state and local contributions, for a total recreation investment of over $6 billion dollars.

LWCF Frequently Asked Questions

Interactive Map for Land & Water

2015-2019 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) 


If you have any questions, please contact the Outdoor Recreation Grants Division at (601) 432-2227 or email terrym@mdwfp.state.ms.us.

Terry McDill
Grant Administrator
Outdoor Recreation Grants (ORG)

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