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American Hiking Society Announces the 2011 National Trails Fund

American Hiking Society will be accepting applications for the 2011 National Trails Fund next month. As early as November 1st, 2010, visit www.AmericanHiking.org to download the application and read the official rules. The deadline to submit your grant application is 11:59 PM on December 15, 2010.
American Hiking provides support to nonprofit organizations and trail groups around the country, giving them the resources they need to secure trail access, obtain and support volunteers and provide tools and materials to protect America’s cherished hiking trails.

Established in 1998, the National Trails Fund provides funding to help establish, protect and maintain foot trails in America. To date, American Hiking has granted more than $487,000 to 157 different trail projects across the U.S. for land acquisition, constituency building campaigns and a variety of trail work projects. Awards range from $500 to $5,000 per project. New this year, all applicants are required to be a member of American Hiking’s Alliance of Hiking Organizations. Become a member today!
A variety of projects will be considered for the 2011 National Trails Fund, including projects that:
Have hikers as the primary constituency, though projects on multi-use trails are eligible
Secure trail lands, including acquisition of trails and trail corridors and the costs associated with acquiring conservation easements
Result in visible and substantial ease of access, improved hiker safety and/or avoidance of environmental damage
Promote constituency building surrounding specific trail projects, including volunteer recruitment and support
All applications and required documentation must be submitted electronically to hsable@americanhiking.org. Submit your complete application by 11:59 PM on December 15, 2010.

National Trails Fund awards are made possible by generous support from L.L.Bean, MSR and Therm-a-Rest, the program’s charter sponsors. Additional donations to the National Trails Fund come from the private business sector and individual donors. For more information, visit www.AmericanHiking.org.

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