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

Grants to USA Nonprofit Organizations for
Equestrian Trail Maintenance Projects

GrantWatch ID#: 159711
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA)

08/01/17 Receipt

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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations for public equestrian trail maintenance, construction, and relocation projects. Priority is given to projects that will improve existing trails, such as projects to address design issues, erosion, or additional features that will enhance safety and experience.

Funding may also be used for necessary tools and educational programs (with priority to youth education programs).

Educational projects include Tread Lightly! and Leave No Trace training.

Follow-up requirements are due by August 1, 2018.

Individual groups and private land owners who wish to apply for STEP funding must have a 501 (c)(3) status. Projects are for public benefit and must be open to public riding. Grants for exclusive use trails or facilities will not be considered for funding.

Funding is intended to support trail maintenance, trail construction and trail relocation on public land – i.e. BLM, NPS, NFS and local and state government.

Examples of eligible applicants include nonprofit riding clubs, 4-H groups, and youth organizations.

Projects that do not qualify include, but are not limited to electrical installment and private usage.

Applications must be received by August 1, 2017.

Funding requests for tools and equipment are based on their cost and require a 3 to 4 match.

Press release:

Applicants should have a letter of approval/authorization sent to AQHA from the land manager or owner of the property by the application deadline. Any project without a valid support letter from the land manager or property owner will not be considered for funding.

The land manager or property owner of private land should provide written approval of public usage and include the specified length of time for public access with a minimum of twenty years.

In the instance that the manager or property owner removes public access prior to the specified length of time, they will agree to reimburse funding equal to the original grant amount.

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

Please email, fax, or mail your application to:

Fax: (806) 349-6409
Via email:

AQHA, Attn: Jackie Boggs
PO Box 200
Amarillo, TX 79168

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