Hiking Society Provides Trail Grants

The American Hiking Society 2009 National Trails Fund is now open for applications.

The fund provides money to help establish, protect, and maintain foot trails in America. To date, nearly $382,000 in grants have been used to support 105 different trail projects for land acquisition, constituency building campaigns, and various trail work projects.

For the 2009 cycle, grantees can apply for American Hiking Society Trail Grants, sponsored by L.L.Bean, Therm-a-Rest, and MSR ranging from $500 to $4,999; or Nature Valley Save the Trails Grants totaling $5,000 each.

Each grant type has specific guidelines. To apply for a 2009 National Trails Fund grant, go to www.AmericanHiking.org. All applications must be submitted electronically and limited to three pages, plus the required attachments. Submit your complete application by Aug. 15.

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