Guide MassTrails Grants

MassTrails provides matching grants to communities, public entities and non-profit organizations to design, create, and maintain the diverse network of trails, trail networks, and trails experiences used and enjoyed by Massachusetts residents and visitors. Applications are accepted annually for a variety of well-planned trail projects benefiting communities across the state.

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2019 MassTrails Grant Awards

MassTrails Grant Program Overview

The 2019 MassTrails Grant Round is CLOSED! Look for a new Grant Application Period Announcement in Fall, 2019.

MassTrails provides grants to support recreational trail and shared use pathway projects across the Commonwealth.  Grant amounts are dependent on the project and its needs, but generally range from $10,000 to $100,000 with grants of up to $300,000 awarded to high priority projects.

Eligible grant activities include project development, design, engineering, permitting, construction, and maintenance of recreational trails, shared use pathways, and the amenities that support trails.

MassTrails grants are REIMBURSABLE, meaning grantees must first pay for expenditures themselves and then submit for reimbursement using the required documentation.

MassTrails grants are MATCHING grants and require that proponents provide a minimum of 20% of the total project cost. Projects with higher match commitments will be given greater consideration.

Eligible projects require documented land owner permission and community support. 

MassTrails grants are reviewed and recommended by the Massachusetts Recreational Trails Advisory Board (MARTAB) and the Commonwealth's Inter-Agency Trails Team. 

MassTrails Grants are funded through two different sources:

  • Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grants are federally funded through the United States Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), administered at the State level, providing funding for the development and maintenance of recreational trail projects. Both motorized and non-motorized trail projects qualify for assistance.
  • Commonwealth Trails grants are supported by the state's annual Capital Investment Plan and aim to help communities design, create and maintain off-road shared-use pathway connections between where Massachusetts residents live, learn, work, shop, and recreate, especially by building out the longer distance regional networks of multi-use pathways across the state and filling in critical gaps in existing networks, or overcoming current barriers to connectivity.

ALL MassTrails grant proposals MUST be submitted ONLINE.  Click on "Apply for a MassTrails Grant Online" under Key Actions below.  


MassTrails Grant Documents:

MassTrails Grant Application Template (all proposals must be submitted online)

MassTrails Grant Guidelines and Application Information

MassTrails Grants Frequently Asked Questions

MassTrails Grant Application Budget and Timeline Worksheet (*Note that there are 3 tabs on this spreadsheet - ALL 3 should be filled out)

Key Actions for MassTrails Grant Program Overview