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Non Motorized Trails Grants
Non Motorized Trails Grants
Wildlands Restoration Volunteers all-Woman trail crew working on the Masontown Project

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Colorado State Recreational Trails Grant Program funds projects to continue to improve outdoor recreation opportunities, including trail construction, maintenance, planning, and support while protecting wildlife, habitat, and cultural resources.

What projects are eligible for this grant?

We are offering four categories for this year's Non-Motorized Trail grant cycle to address the increased need to repair and improve existing trails in Colorado:

  • Construction - New trail or trailhead construction, including the installation or creation of new facilities where none currently exists.
  • Maintenance - Maintenance, re-route or reconstruction of existing trails and trailheads - Improvement of current trailhead facilities.
  • Planning - trail layout, design, engineering, feasibility studies, inventory, use studies, analysis of existing and proposed trails and master plans.
  • Support - Building and enhancement of volunteer organizations, increasing volunteer capacity, and implementing trail training and education.

Funding Request Limit: Applicants can request up to $250,000 for Construction/Maintenance projects; $45,000 for Planning/Support. There is no minimum.​​​

​Area Wildlife Manager Review Documents

Contact the State Trails Program at 303-791-1957 ext. 4129 or trails@​ with any questions.​

Grant Review Meetings - Denver Area​

The State Recreational Trails Committee and its grant review and ranking subcommittees meet to review the non-motorized trail grant applications. These meetings are open to the public and provide a platform for verbal comments on the applications.​

The 2024 grant cycle begins August 1, 2023. Information will be posted at that time.

Grant Timeline

  • August - October: Grant applications available
  • September: Basic project scope and map emailed to Area Wildlife Manager/Trails Program
  • October - December: CPW staff and subcommittee preliminary reviews
  • January: Applicant presentations to subcommittees
  • February: State Trails Committee reviews rec​omm​endations from subcommittees
  • March: CPW Commission final funding decision
  • April - June: Contracts and purchase orders are prepared and distributed to awarded applicants

​Reference Documents

Federal Funding Requirements

All projects awarded with federal funding are subject to the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 (F​FATA). Applicants should request a Unique Entity Identifier if their organization does not already have one. The link to register for a new UEI is listed on the right under "Grant Documentation".

​Federal OMB, 2 CFR 200 Uniform Procurement Guidance applies to all CPW RTP​​ grants (as of 2018).

Build America, Buy America Domestic Content Procurement Preference

The Build Am​erica, Buy America​ (BABA) Act as part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (s. 70901) is a domestic content procurement preference that applies to federal agencies and financial assistance funding programs, including the ​RTP. The provision specifically requires any iron, steel and manufactured goods used in projects involving construction, alteration, maintenance or repair of a public building, public works, or real property to be produced or manufactured in the United States. It specifically applies to:

  • Iron or steel which must be produced in the US, including all manufacturing processes (from melting to coatings);
  • A manufactured project which must be manufactured in the US, with 55% minimum domestic content; and
  • A construction material which must be manufactured in the US.
Grantees are responsible for determining that a product or material is produced or manufactured in the US, along with keeping records of certifications to demonstrate compliance. Further guidance can be found at​/BuyAmerica​.​

State trails staff and grant reviewers cannot comment on the status of a grant application until the evaluation and scoring process is completed.​​

2023 Submitted​ Applications ​for Non-Motorized Grants

The 2023-2024 Non-Motorized grant applications are posted below for public review.

2023 Grant Applications

​The application window is now CLOSED. Information and instructions on how to apply for the 2023-2024 grant cycle will be posted in August 2023​.

Submitted G​rants
2022/2023 Non-Motorized and Land & Water Conservation Funds grant application submissions thumbnail

​View the 2022/2023 Non-Motorized and Land & Water Conservation Funds grant application submissions.

Region Wildlife Impact Summaries

Construction Applications​

  1. Kiowa Creek Trail Improvement Project
  2. Dutch Creek Regional Trail
  3. Shavano Gateway Recreation Area
  4. Himebaugh Gulch Loop Trail
  5. Play Fair Park
  6. North Fruita Desert Trail
  7. Fraser Valley T​rails Redevelopment
  8. Westwood Via Verde Trail
  9. Virginia Canyon Mountain Park, Ph. 2
  10. Maroon Creek Multi-Use Trail
  11. Town Park Completion-Wetlands Phase
  12. Baker's Park Trail System
  13. Tabor Lake Trail
  14. Miners Trails
  15. West Steamboat Trail, Ph. 1
  16. Austin Bluffs Open Space Improvements
  17. Fall River Trail Project, Ph. 4​​
  18. Baca NWR Nature and Heritage Trail

Maintena​​nce Applications​

  1. Weminuche​ Trails
  2. Devils Playground Trail Improvement
  3. 2023 Crested Butte Conservation Corps
  4. Hanging Lake Trail Reconstruction
  5. Wilderness Stewardship-Four-Pass Loop
  6. Colorado 14ers Statewide Maintenance
  7. Oil Well Flats
  8. Partnership for Stewardship 2023
  9. South Park Ranger District Maintenance
  10. 2023 GFO Non-Motorized Trail Crew
  11. Trail Conservation Services Maintenance Team
  12. Evergreen Lake North Trail
  13. Historic Monsoons Trail Damage Maintenance
  14. Pueblo Mountain Park Trail Maintenance
  15. Walsenburg Riverwalk Renovation

Planning/Support Applications

  1. Mapping Trails with LIDAR Data
  2. Rio Grande Southern Dolores Placer Connection
  3. 59th Ave. Trailhead for Poudre River & Sheep Draw Trails
  4. Chaffee County Strategic​ Trails System & Conservation Plan
  5. Envisioning Monument's Parks, Trails and Open Spaces
  6. Snowmass Village Town Park Pond & Wetlands Recreation Expansion
  7. Walsenburg Riverwalk Planning Project
  8. Trail Training Expansion
  9. Advancing Volunteer Capacity
  10. Continental Divide Trail Coalition Field Instructors
  11. Training, Tools and Leaders 2023
  12. Empowering Mountain Communities in Conservation

Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Applications

  1. Vail Pass Rest Area Replacement
  2. Bear Creek Park, Ph. 1
  3. Trent Park Expansion Project
  4. Wright Park Redevelopment​​​​

​​​​​​Pre-2023 Non-​Motorized Recreational Trails Grant​s Archive