Grant Sources

AARP Community Challenge Grant

The AARP Community Challenge funds projects that build momentum for local change to improve livability for all residents. In 2017, the AARP Community Challenge awarded 88 grants. 2018 TIMELINE March 21: Launch of the 2018 AARP Community Challenge May 16: Applications are due by 5 pm ET June 25: Winning applicants will be notified by email by this date November 5: All projects must be completed December 3: After Action Reports due

American Hiking Society

American Trails Funding Lists

Resource Library

Back Country Horsemen of America Grants

The BCHA Grants Committee will provide financial support for qualified programs that meet the Back Country Horsemen of America's Mission. Applications can be made from January 1st to March 15th 2021. From March 15th to April 1st the committee will review and assign money. At the National Board Meeting final dinner, the checks will be given out. If no one is there to represent your group, the check will be mailed to the contact person's mailing address.

Our grants are usually $100 to $1000 so that we may help as many groups as possible.

BUILD Discretionary Grants

The U.S. DOT is now accepting applications for BUILD Transportation Grants. BUILD (Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development) is a replacement for TIGER, with new criteria and a focus on awarding investments in rural areas—although active transportation and intermodal projects remain eligible. The 2018 round of funding will issue $1.5 billion in grants. Applications are due by July 19.

RTC launched a new grant program in 2015 to support organizations and local governments that are implementing projects to build and improve multi-use trails. Under the Doppelt Family Trail Development Fund, RTC will award approximately $85,000 per year, distributed among several qualifying projects, through a competitive process. The fund was established with an $80,000 grant from Jeff Doppelt of Great Neck, New York, a long-time supporter of RTC and the development of rail-trails in the United States, and an additional $20,000 donation from an anonymous donor.

Equine Land Conservation Funding & Grant Sources

List prepared by the ELCR

Federal Government Grants is your source to FIND and APPLY for federal government grants. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is proud to be the managing partner for, an initiative that is having an unparalleled impact on the grant community. Learn more about and determine if you are eligible for grant opportunities offered on this site.

Kodak American Greenways Awards Program

Kodak, The Conservation Fund, and the National Geographic Society, provide small grants to stimulate the planning and design of greenways in communities throughout America. The annual grants program was instituted in response to the President's Commission on Americans Outdoors recommendation to establish a national network of greenways. Made possible by a generous grant from Eastman Kodak, the program also honors groups and individuals whose ingenuity and creativity foster the creation of greenways.

National Scenic Byways Program

Providing resources to the byway community that will enable better management of byway organizations and the intrinsic qualities they value and work hard to protect. (Source of Fed Funds)

NC DCNR Grants

The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources awards grants to individuals and organizations to foster historical, cultural, recreational, and environmental pursuits. This includes awards that encourage the creation and maintenance of strong arts infrastructure across North Carolina, support local historic preservation efforts and foster innovation in public and institutional libraries from Murphy to Manteo. Additional grants promote conservation of our state's natural beauty, the preservation of clean water, and the development of recreational trail systems.

NC Parks Grants

The North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation awards grant funds primarily from four sources:

The North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF)

the Federal Recreational Trails Program (RTP)

the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)

the Connect North Carolina Bond grant program (CNCB)

NC Horse Council Trail Grant

Equine land access is a serious issue for North Carolina and our trail riding community. In addition, our trails continue to be threatened by closure or decreased in mileage. No one knows better where the priorities are than the local trail associations who, with this grant program, would partner with the NCHC to implement our strategic plans and promote NC as a trail destination state. NC Trail Associations are encouraged to apply for trail grants across the state.

NC Soil & Water Conservation Cost Share Programs

The division has a variety of cost share programs available. Each program offers best management practices targeted to meet specific program goals. These programs offer assistance to address agricultural, rural and urban water resource issues. Typically 75% cost share assistance is provided to an applicant to install best management practices that benefit all citizens by improving water resources in North Carolina.

NWSA & NF System Trail Stewardship Grant

A joint partnership effort between NWSA and the USDA Forest Service, and you! These program funds are provided to trail and stewardship organizations to improve trail maintenance on the National Forest System Trail System.

Outdoor Industry Booklet on Funding (2017)



Patagonia funds only environmental work. We are most interested in making grants to organizations that identify and work on the root causes of problems and that approach issues with a commitment to long-term change. We look for programs with a clear agenda for change and a strategic plan for achieving the organization's goals. Because we believe that true change will occur only through a strong grassroots movement, our funding focuses on organizations that build a strong base of citizen support.

Recreational Trails Program (Source of Fed Funding)

The Recreational Trails Program has provided funding for construction of new trails, maintenance and repair of existing trails, land acquisition, purchase of trail tools and planning, legal, environmental and permitting costs.

The Laura Jane Musser Fund

THE LAURA JANE MUSSER FUND proposes to assist public or not-for-profit entities to initiate or implement projects in rural areas to undertake consensus-based activities in environmental stewardship or dispute resolution.

Transportation Enhancements (Source of Fed Funding)

The list of qualifying TE activities provided in 23 U.S.C. 101(a)(35) is intended to be exclusive, not illustrative. Only those projects that are listed in one of the 12 categories are eligible for transportation enhancement funds.

National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance Funding Programs

The National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance is proud to bring wilderness stewardship funding opportunities to our Partner Member Organizations. As the NWSA grows we hope more funding opportunities will be available to our Partner Members.