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American Hiking Society

Category: Sports

The Society’s National Trails Fund is dedicated to building and protecting hiking trails in the United States. The Fund focuses its grantmaking on local organizations, giving them the resources they need to secure access, volunteers, tools, and materials to repair and protect America’s hiking trails. Created in response to the growing backlog of trail maintenance programs, the Fund has helped hundreds of grassroots organizations acquire the resources they need to protect America’s cherished hiking trails. Grants will be awarded for projects designed primarily to serve hikers, although multi-purpose human-powered trail uses will be considered. Also of interest are projects that secure trail lands including acquisitions o trails and trail corridors and the costs associated with acquiring conservation easements. The Fund also supports projects that will result in visible and substantial ease of access, improved hiker safety, and/or avoidance of environmental damage. Projects that promote constituency building surrounding specific trail projects including volunteer recruitment are also considered. Grants are awarded to nonprofits that are AHS Alliance members. Additional information can be found on the Web site.

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