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Non-Motorized Grant Application Forms
Non-Motorized Grant Application Forms
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​​​​​​​​The Colorado State Recreational Trails Grant Program funds projects for large recreational trail grants, small recreational trail grants, trail planning, and trail support grants. This program is a partnership among: 

2020 Non-Motorized Trails Grant Applications

The application window is now CLOSED.

The 2020-2021 cycle begins August 3, 2020

Forms, Requirements and Instructions

Please review carefully and discard any older versions you may have. Older versions of the application or budget CANNOT BE ACCEPTED. 

Applicants will appear in person to present their proposal to the subcommittee members. Further information is listed in the application documentation.

Applicants may submit two applications for a state trails grant: 

  • one for Construction or Maintenance work (GOCO/RTP or LWCF)
  • and one for Planning/Support

Download the Grant Application Instructions

Grant Process Schedule – Denver Area

(Meeting locations and details will be updated as they are arranged)

  • August 1 - October 1, 2019: Grant applications available
  • September 3, 2019: Basic project scope and map emailed to Area Wildlife Manager and Trails
  • October - December 2019: CPW staff and subcommittee preliminary review
  • January 2020 – Applicant presentations to subcommittee
  • January 2020 – State Trails Committee reviews recommendations from subcommittee
  • March 2020: CPW Commission makes the final funding decision
  • May - June 2020: Contracts are written and distributed to awarded project applicants


2020 Funding Source: RTP/GOCO

Recreational Trails Program (RTP) and Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO)

The RTP/GOCO grant cycle is now open.​

  • Important: There are new categories for the 2020 grant cycle.
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Trail Construction Grant (up to $250,000)

For new trail or trailhead construction – New trail or trailhead construction, including the installation or creation of new
facilities where none currently exists.​

Trail Maintenance Grant (up to $250,000)

For maintenance and enhancements:

  • Maintenance, re-route or reconstruction of existing Trails – Enhancement or improvement of current trails to address resource damage or visitor safety concerns.
  • Enhancements or upgrades to existing trailheads – Improvement of current trailhead facilities.​

Planning/ Support Grant​ (up to $45,000)

Planning and support: 

  • 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.

How-to Choose a Grant Type:

  • If a project is rerouting an existing trail to address a resource management or user safety concern, it would fit into the maintenance category.
  • If a project has both construction and maintenance work, consider which will be the majority of work and place it in that category.​

Please contact the trails grant staff if you have any questions on where your application will best fit. ​​Staff will hold the final decision on which category an application will be placed to be the most competitive.


2020 Funding Source: LWCF​

Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grant cycle is now open.

This is a separate grant application for trail construction projects, trail maintenance projects and land acquisition for trails. 

  • ​The minimum request is $100,000 and the maximum is $750,000. 
  • LWCF requires 100% matching funds. 
  • These funds can only be awarded to local or state government agencies.

If you are interested in learning more about the LWCF program and the available grants, please visit the Department of Interior website.

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Environmental Forms


Non-Motorized Trail Grants Selection Process

Funding for non-motorized trail grants will be based on the availability of funds from our partners. Availability of funds for successful applicants may vary due to legislative processes, fiscal year parameters and/or written authorization of spending authority. Contracts are typically sent out for signature in the May-June timeframe of the grant cycle. Please consider this when planning your projects and timelines.

The non-motorized trail grant selection follows a four-tiered recommendation and approval process.

  1. Applications are first reviewed by CPW wildlife field biologists and regional CPW staff. This process allows CPW to flag potential wildlife issues prior to the review by the subcommittees. While concerns may be flagged during this review, CPW’s field staff will attempt to resolve these concerns prior to further review.

  2. Applications are then evaluated by the grant review and ranking subcommittees which score and rank the applications in order of their recommended funding priority.

  3. The ranked applications are then passed to the State Trails Committee which evaluates the applications in ranked order and recommends funding strategies to the CPW Commission.

  4. The Parks and Wildlife Commission provides the final funding approval.

Additional rules:

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

  • State trails staff will hold the final decision on which category an application will be placed in order to be the most competitive.​

Federal Funding Requirements

All projects awarded with federal funding are subject to the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 (FFATA). Applicants should request a DUNS number if your organization does not already have one.

Request a DUNS number on the SAM website.

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