National Trails Fund Checklist

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  1. My organization IS a member of American Hiking Society’s Alliance of Hiking Organizations.  Join/Renew Alliance Membership. Questions about the Alliance program? call Dara Zaleski 1-800-972-8608 x702
  2. My organization IS a non-profit with a 501(c)(3) designation OR a 501(c)(3) non-profit has agreed to act as a fiscal agent and accept the check on our behalf.
  3. I have thoroughly read the National Trails Fund Grant Guidelines.
  4. I am able to apply for this grant on behalf of my organization.


Documentation Ready to Upload

I have the following ready to upload:

  1. IRS Tax Exempt/501(c)(3) documentation of applicant organization or fiscal agent.
  2. Project Budget – Please include, at a minimum, the amount of detail provided in the example budget
  3. Project Timeline
  4. Photographs or Map of project site


Important Application Questions

I am ready to respond to the following prompts:

  1. Organization’s Mission
  2. Project Summary (200 words), Goals & Metrics of Success (200 words)
  3. How does this project protect natural resources and/or improve the outdoor recreation experience? (200 words)
  4. Does this project include Volunteer Support? Partnerships? (100 words)
  5. Landowner Permission for project completion (100 words)
  6. Additional Information(1000 words)
  7. Grant Request Amount, Total Project Budget, Budget Justification (400 words)
  8. Start & End Dates, Time Sensitivity of Project (150 words)

View an example application –

I have reviewed all of the items listed above and am now ready to apply for a National Trails Fund Grant.

PLEASE NOTE: Once you have started the National Trails Fund application you must complete it at that time. Your progress will NOT be saved.