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2018 NC Appalachian Trail (A.T.) License Plate Grant Program

Grants to North Carolina Organizations and
Individuals for Hiking Trail Maintenance

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Foundation / Corporation

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Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC)

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Grants of up to $5,000 to North Carolina organizations and individuals for efforts to preserve and manage the portions of the Appalachian Trail within the state of North Carolina and along its common border with Tennessee. Applicants are encouraged to seek endorsements at least four weeks prior to the application deadline.

A wide range of grant proposals can be considered, but it is imperative that all applicants must show how implementing the proposal will benefit the portions of the Trail within. All grant funds must be spent within North Carolina, unless specific supplies, services and equipment are not available in State.

Projects eligible for grants must document that implementing the project will enhance, educate, conserve, protect, and/or maintain the portions of the Appalachian Trail located within North Carolina.

All grant projects must relate to the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina. Examples of types of projects that would be considered include:

1. Physical projects:

- Shelter or privy construction, relocation or repair work
- Materials for appropriate signs
- Major tool purchases, to be made in NC
- Trailway bridge construction
- Trail construction
- Trail maintenance

2. Start-up funds for major public-service projects:

- Initial development of Trail, community, or club brochure
- Development of materials for new educational programs (i.e., slide shows, written materials, specialized training) incorporating the Trail’s resources
- Costs of contract staff on a short-term basis to assist Trail or club programs
- Training for Trail work, publications, club organizations, volunteer motivation and development, etc.

3. Major one-time financial needs:

- Assistance to complete construction of major Trailway relocations including capital improvements (e.g., bridges, parking areas)
- Assistance in developing a fund-raising or membership drive for the Trail
- Repair or replacement of damaged Trail or Trail-related facilities due to unanticipated event(s)

4. Projects to enhance long-term A.T. management abilities:

- Strategic planning
- Leadership development
- Development of view shed and/or watershed conservation plans and projects (especially involving local communities, see #7)

5. Natural heritage and environmental monitoring projects:

- Monitoring tools for volunteers
- Invasive plant, wildlife, water or air quality monitoring, workshops or mitigation
- Rare species protection

6. Education and outreach:

- School service-learning initiatives
- Workshops and educational lectures
- Outreach initiatives to diversify Trail stewardship
- Interpretive exhibits
- Trail-related safety or emergency preparedness initiatives

7. A.T. Community partnerships:

- Trailhead enhancements
- Maps
- Interpretive signs
- Joint planning efforts
- Development of physical facility for public information/education center for the Trail

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176570

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant requests may not exceed $5,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Each year, the ATC uses funds from the sale of North Carolina A.T. license plates to provide grants to organizations and individuals who are working to help fulfill the ATC’s mission within the state of North Carolina and along its common border with Tennessee.

Pre-Application Information:

Click on the links in the Supporting Documents section below to download the application, guidelines, and endorsement forms.

Application deadline is Monday, January 8, 2018.

Please Note: Applicants are encouraged to seek endorsements at least four weeks prior to the application deadline.

Applications will be reviewed in January and February, and applicants will be notified of the status of their applications on or before March 15, 2018.

Matching Requirement:

Applicants are expected to provide matching contributions with labor, money, or in-kind goods. The match should be at least half the value of the amount of grant funds requested (e.g., a request of $2,000 should have a match of at least $1,000). Volunteer time for projects may be valued at $24.14 per hour. A higher level of matching funds is a positive grant evaluation factor.

Contact Information:

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

Please only submit your grant project requests electronically by emailing them to

If you would like assistance with preparing your proposal, please call (828) 254-3708 or email

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Geographic Focus:

USA: North Carolina