Applications Now Open for Legacy Trails Grant Program

American Trails is pleased to partner with the U.S. Forest Service in announcing that applications are now open through December 15, 2022 for the Legacy Trails Grant Program.

The goal of the program is to support projects that restore, protect, and maintain watersheds on our national forests and grasslands. American Trails is administering this grant program, funded by the U.S. Forest Service through Legacy Roads and Trails Act dollars.

What the program does:

Enables project partners to complete trails projects which improve watershed health, restore aquatic organism passages, preserve access, and decommission unauthorized and previously closed trails.

Target applicants:

Nonprofit organizations and non-Federal agencies.

Typical project size:

Small projects may apply for between $5-20K. Large projects may apply for up to $100K.

Minimum 50% match required:

Cash (preferred) or in-kind matches are allowable.

Funding cycle: 

Opens October 6 to December 15, 2022 for the 2023 field season. Funding must be spent within two years.

Equitable awards: 

Our evaluation and selection committee is composed of representatives of a broad spectrum of both motorized and nonmotorized trails user types, and we will be making every effort to distribute funding equitably by Forest Service region and by trail user type.


Please see the website for more details.

Please contact Cathy Corlett, Trail Fund Program Director at with any questions.

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