Apply for a grant from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
If you’re interested in promoting, protecting and preserving the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, you are eligible to apply towards the $35,000 available in grants.
The grant cycle is made possible from the special Appalachian Trail License Plate in North Carolina. Of the $30 fee needed to obtain the plate ($60 for a personalized), $20 is returned to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy to provide educational materials, preservation programs, trail maintenance, land protection as well as capital improvements for the portions of the A.T. that are located in North Carolina and along the border with Tennessee.
Examples of projects that have been funded include:
• Trail rehabilitation and relocations,
• supplies and equipment for A.T. shelters, kiosks and signage,
• research and monitoring on rare and invasive-exotic plants along the Trail,
• volunteer program development,
• and development of school trails that replicate the A.T. to enhance the implementation of place-based education in school curriculum, and for use by students, parents and members of the community.
For further examples of grant projects and to get the grant application form, please go to http://www.appalachiantrail.org/ncatlpgrant
The Southern Regional Office of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy views the tag program as one of the most significant positive actions affecting the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in North Carolina since the Trail’s inception.