Press Release from the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation, Oct. 21, 2013;
ALTAMONT, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill Monday presented a $200,000 Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant to the Mountain Goat Trail Alliance in Grundy County to construct a multi-purpose, multi-modal recreational trail along the former Mountain Goat railroad bed.
“This grant will allow the Mountain Goat Trail Alliance to provide residents with additional recreational opportunities,” Hill said. “I would like to commend the Mountain Goat Trail Alliance and Grundy County for their work in obtaining this grant.”
The Recreational Trails Program is a federally-funded program established to distribute funding for diverse recreation trail projects. The funds are available to federal, state and local government agencies, as well as non-profit organizations under certain conditions.
Recreational Trails Program grants may be used for non-routine maintenance and restoration of existing trails, development and rehabilitation, trailside or trailhead facilities such as restrooms, kiosks and parking lots, construction of new trails and land acquisition for recreational trails or corridors.
Funding for RTP grants is provided by the Federal Highway Administration through the federal Safe, Accountable, Flexible and Efficient Transportation Equity Act. The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation administers this grant program for the state. The maximum federal share for each project is 80 percent, with RTP grant recipients providing a 20 percent match.
Grant recipients are selected through a scoring process with careful consideration given to the projects that met the selection criteria and expressed the greatest local recreation need.
To learn more about the RTP grant program and other recreation or conservation-based grant programs available in the future, please visit http://tn.gov/environment/recreation/recreation_grants.shtml.