Grants Promote Hiking Trail Projects

he National Trails Fund, sponsored by American Hiking Society, provides funding to grassroots nonprofit organizations throughout the country working toward establishing, protecting, and maintaining foot trails in America. The Fund’s grants help give local groups the resources they need to secure access, volunteers, tools and materials to protect America’s public trails. The following types of grants will be considered for the 2010 program: projects that have hikers as the primary constituency; projects that secure trail lands, including acquisition of trails and trail corridors and the costs associated with acquiring conservation easements; projects that will result in substantial ease of access, improved hiker safety, or avoidance of environmental damage; and projects that promote the trails constituency.
            The application deadline is December 15, 2009. Visit the American Hiking Society website to download the grant guidelines and submit an online application. 

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