American Hiking Society (AHS) has begun accepting applications for the 2012 National Trails Fund. AHS is a non-profit dedicated to promoting, protecting and supporting foot trails and the hiking experience.
The National Trails Fund was started in 1998 and has granted over half a million dollars to trail projects across the U.S. Among these community preservation efforts include land acquisition, constituency building campaigns and a variety of trail work projects.
Awards can range from $500 to $5,000 per project. The National Trails Fund is the only national private grants program that helps trail-maintenance and galvanizes volunteers for long-term sustainability on America's 200, 000 miles of trails.
AHS received support from L.L. Bean and Cascades Designs to reach their half million dollar mark.
Projects that will be considered include:
Those with hikers as the primary constituency, though multiple human-powered trail projects are eligible
Projects which secure trail lands, including acquisition of trails and trail corridors and the costs associated with acquiring conservation easements
Those that result in visible and substantial ease of access, improved hiker safety and/or avoidance of environmental damage
Ventures which promote constituency building surrounding specific trail projects, including volunteer recruitment and support
All applications must be submitted to American Hiking Society by midnight on December 15, 2011. Grants will be announced and awarded in spring of 2012. View grant guidelines and requirements at AmericanHiking.org