Private Funder: American Hiking Society; Opportunity: 2017 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: TBA, the 2016 deadline was 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 (www.trails4all.org) won a grant for a graffiti removal, youth leadership program.
Info: http://tinyurl.com/nq9has9; 1422 Fenwick Lane, Silver Spring, MD 20910; 301/565-6704.