APPENDIX D: Potential Grant Resources
State & Federal Grants
Community Transportation Enhancement Funds
The long term goals of the Flathead County CTEP is to have a connected system of trails for transportation enhancement opportunities. The CTEP administered by the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT), is a reimbursement program that funds transportation related projects designed to strengthen the cultural, aesthetic, and environmental aspects
of Montana’s intermodal approximately $200,000
transportation system. Flathead County receives per year. Projects are submitted and administered
County and/or submit
Planning and Zoning office.
Local projects must commit 13.42% match money
in-kind services to 86.58% of reimbursed funds. an application to the Flathead County Planning
Groups and organizations may and Zoning office any anytime.
However, processing may not begin until Flathead County has received its allocation
Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks
The federal program titled, "Safe Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users" (SAFETEA-LU) is currently funding the Recreational Trails Program (RTP). Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) administers the RTP funds at the state level, while the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) provides program oversight at the federal level. The State Trails Advisory Committee (STAC) is a council that advises FWP on such things as RTP Program expenditures and a variety of recreational trails issues. An advisory committee such as the STAC is a federal requirement in order for Montana to be eligible for RTP funds.
RTP grant applicants (sponsors) can include federal, state, county or municipal agencies, private associations and clubs. RTP grants may not exceed 80% of the total of an individual project. This is a reimbursement program. After approval of all required documentation, FWP will reimburse the sponsor for 80% of the actual documented costs incurred. Reimbursement of RTP funds will only be approved for project expenditures incurred after the date of the signed project agreement between the project sponsor and FWP.
The goal of Montana’s RTP is to distribute money to the best trail projects based upon applications that are complete and of high quality. However, the RTP Program may not be the right grants program in every case. That is why we have listed some of the more important technical and regulatory aspects of the program for your review and consideration. Please be sure you understand RTP rules and regulations BEFORE you begin the application process; it could save you considerable time and money.
Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF)
Low cost loans and grants to projects that will help protect water resources. http://www.epa.gov/recovery/