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Recreational Trails Program Application Overview

Trails Program - Metropolitan Branch Trail
The District of Columbia Department of Transportation (DDOT) is accepting applications for the Recreational Trails Program. This program, funded through Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, makes funds "available to the States to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both non-motorized and motorized recreational trail uses". Approximately $800,000 in funding is available for the District of Columbia annually.

Applications are accepted for trail projects that are supported by the community and further District plans. The District will review applications and provide grants to non-profits or carry out the project in-house using the District's procurement process.

Questions can be sent by email to DDOT’s Bicycle Program Specialist - Trails, Michael Alvino.

Eligibility Criteria

Recreational Trails Program funds may be used for the following:

  • Maintenance and restoration of existing trails, including providing signage along the trail.
  • Development and rehabilitation of trailside and trailhead facilities and trail linkages.
  • Purchase and lease of trail construction and maintenance equipment.
  • Construction of new trails (with restrictions for new trails on federal lands).
  • Acquisition of easements or property for trails.
  • Assessment of trail conditions for accessibility and maintenance.
  • Operation of educational programs to promote safety and environmental protection related to trails. Typical education projects may include:
    • Development and operation of trail safety education programs.
    • Development and operation of trail-related environmental education programs.
    • Production of trail-related educational materials, whether on information displays, in print, video, audio, interactive computer displays, etc.

Non-law enforcement trail safety and trail use monitoring patrol programs, and providing trail-related training are also permissible in the RTP. Educational program fund is limited to 5 percent of a state's funds.


To Apply


Complete the Recreational Trails Program Application Form, and email to Michael Alvino.



  • Applications are accepted on a rotating basis.
  • Applications will be reviewed by the Recreational Trails Program Advisory Committee which meets quarterly on the first Monday in February, May, August, and November.
  • The Advisory Committee is also available to provide direction in completing applications. Interested applicants should contact Michael Alvino to be added to the Recreational Trails Program Advisory Committee meeting agenda.


Recreational Trails Program funds are available in the form of grants to non-profits. Projects may also be performed in-house or by an outside contractor, following the District of Columbia procurement process.

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