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Greenways, Trails, and Recreation Program (GTRP) (Pennsylvania)

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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED)


    This program provides funding for planning, acquisition, development, rehabilitation and repair of greenways, recreational trails, open space, parks and beautification projects.

    Funds may be used by the applicant to pay for any of the following project costs:
    • Development, Rehabilitation and Improvement of public parks, indoor and outdoor recreation facilities, trails, greenways, and watershed implementation projects to include:
      • Construction activities. Construction contingencies are limited to 5% of actual construction costs;
      • Fixed equipment;
      • The clearing and preparation of land;
      • Environmental site assessment;
      • Related engineering, design, and inspection costs not to exceed 10% of grant award;
      • Professional services including services, such as land surveying, preparation of bid documents, construction inspection, archaeological surveys, land surveys, PNDI surveys, appraisals etc;
      • Settlement cost, acquisition projects only; and
      • Administrative costs of the applicant necessary to administer the grant. Administrative costs will include advertising, legal, and audit costs as well as documented staff expenses. Administrative costs shall not exceed 2% of the grant;
    • Planning Projects that lay the groundwork” for future land acquisition, development and/or management of parks, recreational facilities, critical habitat, open space, natural areas, greenways, motorized and non-motorized trails and river/watershed corridors. Planning projects also include the development of business plans for expansion or establishment of outdoor recreation businesses; and
    • Acquisition of land, easements, or rights of way for park and recreation areas, natural areas, greenways, trails, river/watershed conservation, critical habitat conservation and/or open space.

    Ineligible costs include but are not limited to public relations, outreach, communications, lobbying, litigation, fees for securing other financing, interest on borrowed funds, application preparation fees and other costs incurred prior to the approval of grant funds.

    Eligible projects under the Greenways, Trails, and Recreation Program (GTRP) include:
    • Public Park and Recreation Areas - These projects involve the rehabilitation and development of public indoor and/or outdoor park, recreation and conservation areas and facilities. Parks and recreation areas are areas of land and/or water, for use as a neighborhood, community or regional public park and recreation site.
    • Greenways and Trails - These projects involve the renovation and development of linear public facilities, such as bicycle, walking, equestrian, snowmobile, and nature trails; passive recreation areas; riparian forest buffers; wetland boardwalks; observation decks.
    • Rivers Conservation - These projects enhance rivers, streams, and watersheds for recreational purposes.

    History of Funding

    None is available.

    Additional Information

    Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
    • The economic conditions of the region where the project is located;
    • The level of matching investment;
    • Regional nature of the project;
    • Local financial support;
    • Project readiness;
    • Current availability of greenway, recreational, and trail facilities in the area; and
    • Financial need.


    Governor's Center for Local Government Services

    Governor's Center for Local Government Services
    400 North Street, 4th Floor
    Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225
    (888) 223-6837

    CFA Programs Division

    CFA Programs Division
    400 North Street, 4th Floor
    Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225
    (717) 787-6245

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are:
    • Municipalities;
    • Councils of Government;
    • Authorized Organizations;
    • Institutions of Higher Education;
    • Watershed Organizations; and
    • For-profit Businesses.

    Deadline Details

    Applications must be submitted between February 1st and May 31st, annually.

    Award Details

    Awards will be up to $250,000 each. Projects require a 15% local cash match of the total project cost or cash equivalents for the appraised value of real estate. If using the value of real estate as match, an appraisal not older than 1 year will be required.

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