American Hiking Society National Competition Opens

AHSPrivate Funder: American Hiking Society; Opportunity: 2016 Nat’l Trails Fund; Funding Focus: Outdoors, physical activity, children, youth; Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: Nonprofits focusing on protecting foot trails; Funding: Varies, up to $5,000 each; Deadline: Feb. 19.

Summary: Created to address waning federal and state funding for hiking trails, the Trails Fund gives community organizations, such as volunteer-led trail clubs and local land trusts, the resources necessary to build or repair new or existing trails, protect trail corridors and support trail outreach and volunteer programs. Youth efforts have won in the past. For example, Trails4All, Paramount, CA ( won a grant for a graffiti removal, youth leadership program.

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About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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