As a result of Back Country Horsemen of America's recent collaborative efforts with national partners, The National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance announced this week the creation of a new trails granting program. “National Forest Trail Stewardship Grants” are supported by the U.S. Forest Service and are intended to address the trail maintenance backlog on National Forest System trails.
Current nonprofit organizations (e.g., 501 (c)(3), 501 (c)(7)) in good standing with the IRS may apply for these Grants. Organizations must have a sponsored volunteer or other agreement with their local Forest Service office for work performed under these grants.
Approximately $230,000 is available during this round of Trail Stewardship Grants for work to be performed from June through December 2017.
Details of the grant program including a Fact Sheet, Application Form, and Budget Form, are available at: www.wildernessalliance.org.
The Trail Stewardship Grant application period will run from April 14 to June 2, 2017. Applications should be emailed to: TrailGrants@wildernessalliance.org.
Questions about the Trail Stewardship Grant program should be addressed to the Grant Manager, Randy Welsh, Executive Director, National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance at 801-808-2167 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good luck! We hope to see this grant program continue to grow, both in terms of its size (dollar amount available) and its availability year after year. It’s another good indication that our friends at the U.S. Forest Service are serious about making trails a high priority.