Systems Planning

Federal and state recreational trails

Program manager

Scott Flagg
Phone: 515-239-1252
Attention icon 7/21/2020 NOTICE: - The Iowa DOT is now accepting applications for the annual Federal Recreational Trails program. Applications shall be e-mailed to scott.flagg@iowadot.us no later than 5 p.m. October 1, 2020. An email submission must be followed by receipt of a single signed color original of the completed application via U.S. mail and received no later than close of business October 8, 2020.

Please see our website for application materials and contact Scott Flagg, State Recreational Trails Program Manager, at scott.flagg@iowadot.us, phone 515-239-1252, if you have any questions or concerns.

All hardcopies shall be submitted via U.S. mail to:

State Recreational Trails Program
Iowa Department of Transportation
Systems Planning Bureau
800 Lincoln Way
Ames, IA 50010

SRT Program

Purpose-The state recreational trails program (SRT) provides funds to establish recreational trails throughout Iowa for the use, enjoyment and participation of the public. The program is restricted to the acquisition, construction or improvement of recreational trails open for public use or trails which will be dedicated public use upon completion.

Who can apply? A state or local government agency, a municipal corporation, a county or a nonprofit organization is eligible to apply for and receive funds from the recreational trails program.  A private business or developer is not eligible to apply directly for funds from the recreational trails program

FRT Program

Purpose-The Federal Recreational Trails program (FRT) provides grant funding for trails and trail-related projects. Funds are intended for recreational trails. They may not be used to improve roads for general passenger vehicle use or to provide shoulders or sidewalks along roads.

Permitted Uses- Maintenance and restoration of existing trails; Development and rehabilitation of trailside and trailhead facilities and trail linkages; Purchase and lease of trail construction and maintenance equipment; Construction of new trails (with restrictions for new trails on Federal lands; Acquisition of easements or property for trails; Operation of educational programs to promote safety and environmental protection related to trails (limited to 5 percent of a state’s funds).

Who can apply? A federal, state and/or local government agency, private individuals and organizations (if co-sponsored by a government agency) are eligible to apply as well.

 

Trail funding applications and instructions

The application forms below shall be used to submit an Iowa State Recreational Trails (SRT) Program and Federal Recreational Trails Program (FRT) project proposals.
  1. Please submit one application and all its attachments via e-mail to: scott.flagg@iowadot.us by July 1. Information must be clear, concise, and accurate. Additional pages may be attached if the space provided is inadequate.
  2. Complete the Minority Impact Statement (Iowa Department of Transportation Form 105101) for the proposed SRT project.
  3. All information submitted as part of this application, as well as any additional information requested by the Iowa DOT, will be used to evaluate the application. If you have any questions, please contact:

    Scott Flagg
    State Recreational Trails Program Manager
    515-239-1252
    scott.flagg@iowadot.us


Project Development Information Packet - Local Systems Bureau website

W-9 and expense sheet (pdf or excel)

Reimbursements:

Reimbursement claims for SRT projects must be accompanied by an original signed reimbursement claim form 240011, copies of all invoices, listing the beginning and end of the invoice billing period, pay estimates, and proof of payment totaling 100% of actual costs for which the reimbursement is being requested. Reimbursement claims for FRT projects must be accompanied by an original signed reimbursement claim form 240007, copies of all invoices, listing the beginning and end of the invoice billing period, pay estimates, and proof of payment totaling 100% of actual costs for which the reimbursement is being requested. Further instructions on supporting documentation can be found in the Required Documentation for Reimbursement document. Claims, including required documentation, shall be emailed to DOT.SPBClaims@iowadot.us.

 

State Recreational Trails Program Application Summary and Funding CyclesJuly 2019 July 2018 July 2017 July 2016 July 2015 January 2015 July 2014 July 2013 July 2012 July 2011

Guidelines and information


Mapping application tool - Iowa Geographic Map Server
Iowa State University Geographic Information Systems Support and Research Facility