Example Application – National Trails Fund

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Below is an example application for the National Trails Fund.  These are all of the questions you will be required to fill out in the actual application.

Note: The National Trails Fund application must be filled out in one sitting.  Please make sure you have answers to all of the questions and upload fields below before you complete the application.

2017 National Trails Fund Application
Organization Name *
American Hiking Society
Organization Address *

8605 2nd Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20910
United States
Organization Phone Number * (301) 565-6704
Organization Website http://Americanhiking.org
Organization Mission Statement *
As the national voice for America’s hikers, American Hiking Society promotes and protects foot trails, their surrounding natural areas, and the hiking experience.
Preferred Contact Name * Eric Albitz
Preferred Phone Number * (301) 565-6704
Preferred Contact Email * NTF@americanhiking.org
Is your organization an AHS Alliance Member? *
Membership Number *
Is your organization a non-profit with 501(c)(3) status? *
Upload 501(c)(3) Status * ahs_501c3_letter.pdf3.65 MB · PDF
Project Name *
Name of Trail(s) Affected
Bear’s Run Trail
Total trail users per year *
Location *
Shenandoah National Park
Nearest City *
State *
Project Type *
  • New Trail Construction
  • Trail Facility/ Infrastructure
  • Land Aquisition
  • Environmental Education/ Interpretation
  • Trail Marketing
  • Natural Resource Restoration
  • Trail Directional Signage
  • Improvements to Existing Trail
  • Other
End Users *
  • Hikers
  • Bikers
  • Horseback Riders
  • Paddlers
  • Sportsmen (Hunting, Fishing, etc)
  • Off Road Vehicles (ATVs, Motocross etc)
  • Other
Project Summary *
Please give a brief description of your proposed project (Max 200 Words)
Project Goals and Success Metrics *

Explain what you hope to accomplish by completing this project and how you will measure the project’s success.

Success Metrics can include increased visitation statistics, money saved over 5 year period, etc. (Please provide actual estimates) (Max 200 Words)

How does this project protect natural resources and/or improve the outdoor recreation experience? *
Max 200 Words
Does this project include Volunteer support? *
Estimated Number of Volunteers *
Estimated Number of Volunteer Hours *
Does the proposed project include partnerships? *
Explain and include organization names, contacts and type of organizational support (monetary, volunteers, materials/equipment, other) (Max 100 Words)
Do you have the landowner’s permission to complete this project?*
Briefly describe your operating agreement with the landowner. (Max 100 Words)
Additional Information
Here you may provide additional information. This is optional. optional (Max 1000 Words)
How much money is your organization requesting from the National Trails Fund? *
Total Project Cost *
Budget Justification *
Why did you request the specified amount above? How will American Hiking Society’s grant help your organization accomplish its project goals? (400 Words Max)
Attach your Project Budget * ntf_budget_example1.pdf256.67 KB · PDF
Project Start Date * June 8, 2017
Project End Date * Thursday, July 20, 2017
Is the project’s completion time-sensitive?
Provide a paragraph about the time-sensitivity of the project including if/how the project is part of a larger trails effort/program. (150 Words)
Photo/Map 1 * ntf_project_photo.jpg792.07 KB · JPG
Project Video URL http://vimeo.com/49429864
Project Alternate Link https://americanhiking.org/national-trails-fund/
Organization Name *
American Hiking Society
Project Name *
E-signature: Your Name and Title *
Eric Albitz, National Trails Fund Manager
2017 National Trails Fund Application

If you have read the guidelines, the checklist, and the FAQ, and now feel that you are ready to complete the National Trails Fund application, click apply below.