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2019 Tennessee Appalachian Trail License Plate Grant Program

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

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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 Tennessee nonprofit organizations for the conservation and enhancement of recreational hiking trails. 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.

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

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176571

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $5,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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 Tennessee. All grant funds must be spent within Tennessee, unless specific supplies, services and equipment are not available in state.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for submission is Wednesday, January 9, 2019. A separate form is required for each grant project request. Please only submit your grant project requests electronically.

Project Endorsement:
Please note: 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. 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.

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 $24.69 per hour based on the Independent Sector research. A higher level of matching funds is a positive grant evaluation factor.

If your project involves new facility construction, please coordinate the project with your ATC regional office and the appropriate agency.

Contact Information:

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

Email applications to

For questions, call (828) 254-3708 or email the address above.

799 Washington Street
PO Box 807
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425-0807

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Tennessee