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2021 North Carolina Appalachian Trail (A.T.) License Plate Grant Program

Grants to North Carolina Organizations to
Preserve and Enhance Local Hiking Trails

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Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC)

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Grants of up to $5,000 to North Carolina organizations for the preservation and enhancement of hiking trails within the State. Funding is intended to support construction and physical projects, capacity building projects, outreach and education, natural heritage and environmental monitoring projects, start-up funding for major public service projects, major one-time needs, and Appalachian Trail community partnerships.

North Carolina A.T. License Plate Grant Program:

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. This unique grant program helps ATC fulfill its mission for the portions of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) located within the state of North Carolina. ATC’s mission is multi-faceted and broad in scope: To preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail, ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. 

A wide range of grant proposals can be considered, but it is imperative that all applicants show how implementing the proposal will benefit the portions of the Trail within North Carolina. Examples of types of projects that would be considered include:

  1. Physical projects
  2. Start-up funds for major public-service projects
  3. Major one-time financial needs
  4. Projects to enhance long-term A.T. management abilities
  5. Natural heritage and environmental monitoring projects
  6. Education and outreach
  7. A.T. Community partnerships

Examples of types of projects within each of the above categories can be found at

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GrantWatch ID#: 176570

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant requests may not exceed $5,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications for the 2021 North Carolina A.T. License Plate Grant Program are due by Friday, January 8, 2021.

Applications will be reviewed in January and February, and applicants will be notified of the status of their applications on or before March 1, 2021.

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. A higher level of matching funds is a positive grant evaluation factor.

Project Endorsement: No projects along the A.T. will be funded without agency and club endorsement. Agency and Club Endorsement Forms should be submitted to ATC in the same email as the Grant Application form. Applicants must submit the ‘Agency Endorsement Form’ to the appropriate Federal land managing agency for the area where project work will occur and submit the ‘Club Endorsement Form’ to the local A.T. maintaining club. Applicants are encouraged to seek endorsements at least four weeks prior to the application deadline.

Special Use Permit: Projects may also require a Special Use Permit (SUP) from the USDA Forest Service or National Park Service. Contact the appropriate agency to learn requirements. The federal SUP process can take up to 60 days to complete. In order for this proposal to be considered, all required SUPs must be approved or pending approval at the time of application.

If your project involves new facility construction, please coordinate the project with the ATC Southern Regional Office and the appropriate agency.

A separate application form with supporting documents is required for each grant project request.

Contact Information:

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

Please email applications to

For questions and assistance with preparing the proposal, call (828) 254-3708 or email the address above.

Appalachian Trail Conservancy Headquarters
799 Washington Street
PO Box 807
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425-0807

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