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Trail Funding Sources

Alaska Recreational Trails Program

  • State-awarded, federally-funded reimbursable grants to develop and repair recreational trails and trail facilities for both non-motorized (up to $50,000 awarded per project) and motorized (up to $100,000 awarded) trails.
  • 90% RTP-10% other match required
  • Apply annually

Kenai Mountains Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area

  • Prioritizes projects that boast volunteers and community partners
  • Competitive grants up to $24,500 that have an equal match, in other non-federal funding sources or volunteer time or donations
  • Apply online quarterly


  • Community Grant Program supports leverage, momentum-building projects across the country
  • Up to $10,000, strong match at or above 50% sought, 1-2 grant cycles per year

AK Dept. of Fish & Game, Division of Sport Fish Recreational Boating and Angler Access Program

  • User fee-user benefit funding to construct, renovate, improve, or maintain access for recreational fishing and boating
  • 75% ADF&G award-25% non-federal match
  • Annual review, contact local Division of Sport Fish Area Management Biologist

Federal Highway Administration

  • Congressionally dedicated funds exist for trail projects within Alaska.
  • Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP)
    • For non-motorized access to public federal lands
    • Funds up to $2 million/project, requires 9% match which may include other federal sources
    • 2019 is the anticipated opening for the upcoming application round
  • Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside (TA Set-Aside)
    • Supports non-motorized trails and trail infrastructure
    • Next round likely 2020, not yet announced
    • $15 million allocated for Alaska in the last round, each project requires 20% match
    • Applications are reviewed and selected by the Alaska Department of Transportation

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