​Grant Information

Recreation Trails Program

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is a Federal-Aid assistance program of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The Recreational Trails Program helps states develop and maintain recreational trails for both motorized and non-motorized recreational trail use. Examples of trail uses include pedestrian (hiking, walking, running, wheelchair), bicycling paved and non-paved, in-line skating, equestrian use, water trails, off-road motorcycling, all-terrain vehicle riding, four-wheel driving, or using other off-road motorized vehicles.
The U.S. Congress first authorized the Recreational Trails Program in the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991. The program was reauthorized in 1998 under the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21).
For more information visit:  Recreation Trails Website
Transportation Alternatives Program
The Transportation Alternatives Program is eligible for funding under the Surface Transportation Program (STP). The TAP was established under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) of 2012 and replaces the Transportation Enhancement Program (TEP), Safe Routes to School Program (SRSP), as well as the Recreational Trails Program (RTP).
Under 23 U.S.C. 213(c)(4)(B), the eligible entities to receive TAP funds are local governments, regional transportation authorities, transit agencies, natural resource or public land agencies, school districts, local education agencies, or schools, tribal governments and any other local or regional governmental entity with responsibility for oversight of transportation or recreational trails (other than a metropolitan planning organization or a State agency) that the State determines to be eligible, consistent with the goals of subsection (c) of section 213 of title 23.
One eligible project regarding bicycle and pedestrian is the conversion and use of abandoned railroad corridors for trails for pedestrians, bicyclists, or other non-motorized transportation users.

For more information contact: Paula Morgan, TAP Coordinator LPA Division, Mississippi Department of Transportation, 601.359.7222
You can also visit: MDOT TAP Information
or FHWA TAP Website
Bikes Belong Grant Program
The Bikes Belong Grant Program strives to put more people on bicycles more often by funding important and influential projects that leverage federal funding and build momentum for bicycling in communities across the U.S. These projects include bike paths and rail trails, as well as mountain bike trails, bike parks, BMX facilities, and large-scale bicycle advocacy initiatives.
       For more information visit: People for Bikes Community Grants Website