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Stewards for Trails, Education, and Partnerships (STEP) Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofit Organizations for Equestrian
Trail Maintenance and Education Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA)

Deadline Date:

08/01/19 Receipt


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations to restore and maintain equestrian trails and for trail maintenance education projects. Funding is intended to support organizations that create the strongest impact on trail sustainability and community involvement. Eligible trails are those that are accessible to the public.

Stewards for Trails, Education and Partnerships (STEP) is a program to increase participation in trail stewardship among equine enthusiasts while casting a positive light on horseback riders to land managers and other trail users.

Projects may include, but are not limited to:
- Trail maintenance, construction, and relocation: Projects for improving existing trails to address design and/or erosion issues or enhance safety will receive priority.
- Educational programs, including Tread Lightly! and Leave No Trace training. Programs targeting youth will receive priority.

The rental of tools and heavy equipment are eligible for funding.

Program Benefits:
- Help the national land managers recruit volunteers for trail stewardship
- Educate equestrians so they will be effective advocates for trail stewardship in the horse community
- Accomplish maintenance goals for trails and trailheads with land management
- Improve stewardship of land owned by horsemen that are adjacent to or critical to national land
- Build and/or strengthen relationships between local equestrian communities and land managers for the long-term stewardship of trails, trailheads and campgrounds

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159711

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Projects must be located on public land and accessible to the public:

- Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, National Forest Service, local and state government land.
- Individually owned land or private ranches that are open to public riding.
- Individual groups and/or private land owners who wish to apply must have a 501c3 status. Grants for exclusive-use trails or facilities will not be considered for funding.

Tool purchases and installment of electricity are not eligible.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received by AQHA on or before August 1 each year.

Applicants must submit a written project approval letter from the land manager or owner that specifies length of time for public access with a minimum of 20 years. Projects that do not submit the written approval letter will not be considered for funding.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application:

Anna Morrison
Chief Foundation Officer

Contact form:

American Quarter Horse Association
1600 Quarter Horse Drive
Amarillo, TX 79104

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