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A variety of funding programs relevant to trails and greenways are available from several federal agencies. Also see News & Alerts for current legislation issues, federal legislation and bills in Congress, and a wide range of other funding sources and ideas.


Recreational trails
Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funds are administered by the Federal Highway Administration from Federal fuel tax. Each state receives an apportionment each year and provides grants for recreational trail projects. For FY2006 states shared in $60 million, increasing to $85 million by FY2009.

The Coalition for Recreational Trails, a federation of national and regional trail-related groups, presents its annual Achievement Awards to trail projects for outstanding use of Recreational Trails Program funds.

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Historic interest


The "Safe, Accountable, Efficient Transportation Equity Act— a Legacy for Users" (SAFETEA-LU) authorizes spending for fiscal years 2005-09 and replaces TEA 21.

Land and Water Conservation

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) provides funding nationwide for federal land acquisition and state outdoor recreation grants.

Other agencies




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