Grant Programs

JANUARY 2015 NON-MOTORIZED TRAIL FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

State Parks is soliciting for competitive grant projects and routine trail maintenance projects to fund from the Non-motorized Projects Portion of the federal Recreational Trails Program (RTP). Grants staff will assist project sponsors in designing a competitive project and in completing the application documents. Funding for selected projects will be available after July 1, 2015 and the project must be ready to move forward within nine months. Matching funds are required and all projects must meet National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements. Approximately $660,000 is available.

GRANT WORKSHOP

State Parks is hosting a grant preparation workshop on Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 at the State Parks office. The workshop for prospective non-motorized project sponsors begins at 11 am with a presentation from the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) staff on documentation required to meet state and federal cultural clearance requirements. A representative from the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) will also present information on completing the federal National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements. A new form and process are being implemented with this grant cycle.

Attendance is highly recommended and all trail managers are encouraged to attend this presentation whether you intend to apply for a grant at this time or not. The presentation will last through lunch (to approximately 1:30pm) and brown bagging is encouraged. Information specific to the non-motorized grant application process will follow this presentation.

All prospective project sponsors must contact the Grants Coordinator by February 6th to discuss their project and become eligible to apply.

COMPETITIVE RTP NON-MOTORIZED PROJECT GRANTS

State Parks is offering up to $80,000 for project grants to build new trails, maintain and renovate existing trails, and provide support facilities and/or trail signage. A grant application workshop will be provided on January 27, 2015 at the State Parks office at 1 pm. Applications are due by Friday, February 27, 2015. Projects are selected through a competitive rating process. The grant manual and all forms are available to download below.

IMPORTANT NOTICE – ACCEPTANCE OF APPLICATIONS

All potential competitive grant applicants MUST contact the State Parks Grants Coordinator by February 6, 2015 to discuss their project and submit the Estimated Project Cost Sheet and supporting Scope Item Cost Breakdown Sheets to the State Parks Grants Coordinator, not later than February 11, 2015. Mickey Rogers, 602.542.6942 – mrogers@azstateparks.gov

STATE PARKS RTP TRAIL MAINTENANCE PROGRAM

Federal RTP funds up to $30,000 are available for trail maintenance and/or realignment only. In this program State Parks provides a trained trail crew to do routine trail maintenance and pays them directly. The project sponsor identifies the work needed, provides the required NEPA documentation and match, and selects and manages the trail crew. Projects are selected randomly according to a prescribed process. Project sponsors who have not received funding in the most recent cycles will have priority. The trail maintenance program manual and application forms are available to download below.
An eligible project sponsor may apply for either, but not both sources of funding. Application manuals and forms for both programs are available to download below.

NEXT GRANT CYCLE

State Parks will announce another RTP Non-motorized Project Funding cycle in January 2016.
Questions about both programs may be directed to:
Mickey Rogers
Recreational Trails Grants Coordinator
602.542.6942
mrogers@azstateparks.gov

PROJECT GRANTS

JAN 2015 Recreational Trail Program Project Funding Manual (PDF Document 1 MB PDF)
CE Checklist Guidance (PDF Document 1.1 MB PDF)
CE Checklist (PDF Document 757 KB DOC)
Criteria - Statewide Priorities (Non-Motorized) (PDF Document 153 KB PDF)
Grant Criteria - Response Forms (Non-Motorized) (PDF Document 115 KB DOC)
Required Forms Checklist - Application - C&T Docs (PDF Document 150 KB DOC)
Scope Cost Sheets (Fillable Fields) (PDF Document 37 KB XLS)
SHPO Review Form rev01-15 (PDF Document 43 KB DOC)

TRAIL MAINTENANCE PROGRAM

2015-2016 RTP Trail Maintenance Manual (PDF Document 266 KB PDF)
2015-2016 RTP Trail Maintenance Application (PDF Document 131 KB DOC)
CE Checklist Guidance (PDF Document 1.1 MB PDF)
CE Checklist (PDF Document 757 KB DOC)
Certificate of Match (PDF Document 48 KB DOC)
SHPO Review Form (PDF Document 43 KB DOC)


JANUARY 2015 STATEWIDE OHV PROGRAM PROJECT FUNDING

Arizona State Parks is offering funding from the state Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Fund (OHV approx. $500,000) and federal Recreational Trails Program (RTP approx. $660,000) for motorized trail projects. The grant application manual is available to printout below. Grant application forms and supporting documents must be delivered to the State Parks office by 5 pm on Friday, February 27, 2015.

GRANT WORKSHOP

State Parks is hosting a grant preparation workshop on Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 at the State Parks office.  The workshop for prospective motorized project sponsors begins at 10 am.  

State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) staff will present information on documentation required to meet state and federal cultural clearance requirements. Also, a representative from the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) will also present information on completing the federal National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements. A new form and process are being implemented with this grant cycle.

Attendance is highly recommended and all trail managers are encouraged to attend this presentation whether you intend to apply for a grant at this time or not. The presentation will last through lunch (to approximately 1:30pm) and brown bagging is encouraged.

All prospective project sponsors must contact the Grants Coordinator by February 6th to discuss their project and become eligible to apply.

IMPORTANT NOTICE – ACCEPTANCE OF APPLICATIONS

All potential applicants MUST contact the Statewide OHV Program Coordinator by February 6, 2015 to discuss their project. Mr. Prince will provide valuable insight on proposed scope items. Jeff Prince, 602.542.6940 – jprince@azstateparks.gov AND all potential applicants MUST submit the Estimated Project Cost Sheet and supporting Scope Item Cost Breakdown Sheets to the State Parks Grants Coordinator, not later than February 11, 2015. Mickey Rogers, 602.542.6942 – mrogers@azstateparks.gov

NEXT GRANT CYCLE

State Parks will announce another Statewide OHV Program Project Funding cycle in July 2015.

JANUARY 2015 STATEWIDE OHV PROGRAM GRANT MANUAL OHV ONLY (PDF Document 1 MB PDF)
JANUARY 2015 CHECKLIST-APPLICATION-OTHER FORMS
EXAMPLE COST BREAKDOWN FORMS
COST BREAKDOWN FORMS BLANK
JANUARY 2015 CRITERIA
JANUARY 2015 CRITERIA RESPONSE SHEETS

PROJECT GRANTS

JAN 2015 RECREATIONAL TRAIL PROGRAM PROJECT FUNDING MANUAL (PDF Document 1 MB PDF)
CE Checklist Guidance (PDF Document 1.1 MB PDF)
CE Checklist (PDF Document 757 KB DOC)
Criteria - Statewide Priorities (Motorized) (PDF Document 153 KB PDF)
Grant Criteria - Response Forms (Motorized) (PDF Document 118 KB DOC)
Required Forms Checklist - Application - C&T Docs (PDF Document 143 KB DOC)
Scope Cost Sheets (Fillable Fields) (PDF Document 37 KB XLS)
SHPO Review Form rev01-15 (PDF Document 43 KB DOC)


Arizona State Parks is responsible for managing Grant Programs administered by the Arizona State Parks Board. Programs include the Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Program, Motorized and Non-Motorized Recreational Trails Programs (RTP), and the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Program.

All grant programs operate on a reimbursement basis. Reimbursements to grantees are made according to the percentage specified in the participant agreement for eligible expenditures included within the project’s approved scope of work.

Grant administration is accomplished through the development of application guidelines and a priority rating system, the execution of Participant Agreements and Preservation Conservation Easement Deeds with grantees, and the subsequent monitoring of administrative compliance, expended funds, and project work.

To assist with this responsibility, the Grants staff works with the following advisory committees:

Arizona Outdoor Recreation Coordinating Commission (AORCC)
Off-Highway Vehicle Advisory Group (OHVAG)
Arizona State Committee on Trails (ASCOT)
Conservation Acquisition Board (CAB)
Natural Areas Program Advisory Committee (NAPAC)

Grant Programs Annual Reports

Grant Administration Manuals

Grant Programs Revenue Sources

Land and Water Conservation Fund

The Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965 (Public Law 88-578) became effective January 1, 1965.  The Act provides financial assistance to states, their political subdivisions, and Indian tribal governments for the acquisition and development of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities. The Land and Water Conservation Fund was established by Congress through Public Law 88-578, as amended, and receives its revenue primarily from the Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas leasing. The Land and Water Conservation Fund is not being offered for grants at this time.

Recreational Trails Program (Motorized and Non-Motorized Portions)

The 112th Congress enacted the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). It leaves the Recreational Trails Program, a Federal-aid program codified in Federal statutes under section 206 of title 23, United States Code (23 U.S.C. 206) unchanged. The program provides funds for all kinds of recreational trail uses, such as pedestrian uses (hiking, running, wheelchair use), bicycling, in-line skating, equestrian use, cross-country skiing, snow-mobiling, off-road motorcycling, all-terrain vehicle riding, four-wheel driving, or using other off-road motorized vehicles. Each state develops its own procedures to solicit projects from applicants, and to select projects for funding, in response to motorized recreational trail needs within the state. The MAP-21 Act provides funding through 2014.

Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Fund

The State OHV Recreation Fund, established in 1991 provides a legislatively set percentage (0.55%) of total license taxes on motor vehicle fuel from the Highway User Revenue Fund for OHV management. Approximately $1.5 million is available annually through Arizona State Parks for OHV projects. In 2009 new OHV legislation was enacted to provide more regulation of OHV usage and additional funds to support law enforcement and facility development. All vehicles weighing less than 1800 pounds and designed primarily for travel over unimproved terrain are required to display an indicia (sticker) distributed through the Department of Motor Vehicles. The $25 cost of the sticker is added to the OHV Recreation Fund. State Parks receives 60% of the money in the Fund for projects. 


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