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2017 Tennessee Appalachian Trail Special License Tag Grant

Grants to Tennessee Organizations for Hiking Trail
Preservation, Enhancement, and Outreach

GrantWatch ID#: 176571
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC)



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Grants of up to $5,000 to Tennessee nonprofit organizations for the conservation and enhancement of recreational hiking trails. Applicants are advised to request project approval from their local affiliate at least four weeks prior to the deadline. Funding may be requested for physical projects, start-up funding for major projects, major one-time needs, capacity building projects, monitoring projects, education and outreach, and Appalachian Trail community partnerships.

This unique grant program helps ATC fulfill its mission for the portions of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) located within the state of Tennessee. 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 must show how implementing the proposal will benefit the portions of the Trail within Tennessee. All grant funds must be spent within Tennessee, unless specific supplies, services and equipment are not available in state.

All grant projects must relate to the Appalachian Trail in Tennessee. 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 TN
-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
-Interpretive signs
-Joint planning efforts
-Development of physical facility for public information/education center for the Trail


Up to $5,000

Organizations may apply for projects related to the Appalachian Trail in Tennessee.

The deadline for submission is Friday, January 6, 2017.

Any project on the A.T. or in the A.T. corridor requires A.T. Club endorsement. Applicants are encouraged to seek endorsements at least four weeks prior to the application deadline.

A separate form is required for each grant project request. Please only submit your grant project requests electronically by emailing them to

Applications will be reviewed in January and February, and applicants will be notified of the status of their applications on or before March 15, 2017.

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 $20.92 per hour based on the Independent Sector research. A higher level of matching funds is a positive grant evaluation factor.

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

(828) 254-3708

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