National Trails Fund

American Hiking Society’s National Trails Fund (NTF) offers “hiking trail improvement” grants to active member organizations of our Hiking Alliance.  Once a year, Alliance Members have the opportunity to apply for a grant (value between $500 and $5,000) in order to improve hiking access or hiker safety on a particular trail.  If your organization is interested in applying, but is not yet an Alliance member, please follow this link to sign up.  

American Hiking Society’s National Trails Fund is the only privately funded, national grants program dedicated solely to building and protecting hiking trails. Created in response to the growing backlog of trail maintenance projects, the National Trails Fund has helped hundreds of grassroots organizations acquire the resources needed to protect America’s cherished hiking trails. To date, American Hiking Society has funded 192 trail projects by awarding over $588,000 in National Trails Fund grants.

Prerequisites for application
  • Only AHS Alliance Members are ELIGIBLE to apply – click here to join/renew your Alliance Membership.
  • Only 501(c)3 non-profits are ELIGIBLE to receive funding.  If your organization is a member of the Alliance, but lacks 501(c)3 accreditation, the use of a fiscal agent is allowed.  Read the FAQ to learn more about the use of fiscal agents when applying for a NTF grant.
  • Your organization must submit its application by 4:00 PM (EST) on February 29, 2016. Late submissions will not be accepted under any circumstance.

Please follow all instructions before submitting a National Trails Fund grant application on behalf of your organization.

  1. Read & Download Grant Guidelines
  2. Read & Download Grant Checklist
  3. APPLY
Help & Support

Frequently Asked Questions
View an Example Application
Contact us about Organizational Membership or the National Trails Fund
Grant Recipients-Have you completed your NTF project? Click Here to Fill Out Final Report

National Trails Fund awards are made possible by generous support from L.L.Bean, the program’s charter sponsors.

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