Trail Funding

The National Forest System Trail Stewardship Partnership Funding Program

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.  


Applications now being accepted for Summer 2018!


Applications Due April 15th.


NWSA is proud to announce and manage a new grant program to support the National Forest System Trails Program for the Summer 2018.  Following the success of the 2017 pilot program the Forest Service has allocated $400,000 to this year's Partnership Funding for work on National Forest System Trails.  This program directly support the implementation of the National Trails Strategy, which has a goal of doubling volunteer trail work in the next decade.  Read the News Release.

The National Forest System Trail Stewardship Partnership Funding Program is intended to encourage and support volunteer and stewardship group trail maintenance accomplishments and trail deferred maintenance backlog on the National Forest trail system.

Last year over 100 organizations submitted project proposals.  We were able to fund nineteen.  This year with double the money we hope to expand the opportunity for more groups to receive funding.

Here are a few basics of the Trail Funding Program:

  • Any non-profit group recognized by the IRS may apply for a Trail Stewardship Funding.
  • These grants are for work on any and all National Forest System terra trails.
  • Trail work will be performed during the 2018 Field Season (May - December).
  • Grants range from $2,000 - $20,000.

Complete information on the Trail Stewardship Grant program can be found in the Fact Sheet.

Read the Trail Stewardship Funding Fact Sheet.

Each Application requires an:

  • Application Form (available in .pdf or .docx WORD format)
  • A Budget Worksheet
  • A Letter of Support from District Ranger or Forest Supervisor
  • A letter of non-profit status from the IRS, unless already on file with NWSA

The application period closes April 15th, 2018.  

Questions about the National Forest System Trail Stewardship Partnership Funding may be addressed to Randy Welsh, Executive Director, NWSA at either 801-808-2167 or

Good luck to all who apply.


Summer 2017

Organizations with funded projects during the Summer 2017 Trails Stewardship Program

  • Alaska Trails
  • Arizona Trail Association
  • BCHA - Idaho Foundation
  • BCHA - Washington
  • Boulder MountainBike Alliance
  • Evergreen MBA
  • Friends of Scotchman Peaks
  • Friends of the Desert Mountains
  • Friends of the Dillon Ranger District
  • Friends of the Shawnee
  • Idaho Trails Association
  • Mountain Bike Missoula
  • Mountain Bike the Tetons
  • Northwoods Volunteer Connection/Friends of Boundary Waters Wilderness
  • Partners of JoyceKilmer-Slickrock
  • Prescott Trail Riders
  • Santa Barbara Trail Bike Volunteers
  • Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship
  • Stewards of the Sequoias
  • Volunteers for Outdoors Colorado
  • Washington Trails Association
  • Wild South

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  • Thank you for offering a Trails Grant opportunity to non-profits like ours. We struggle to fund projects and increase volunteering opportunities in many wilderness areas across our region. This is a wonderful collaborative resource. We applaud your commitment and effort to help public lands.

    -Beth Pfeiler
    United Trail Maintainers of California
  • This is great news. And another sign that our friends at the US Forest Service are doing their best to make trails a high priority. Kudos to them and NWSA for creating this opportunity. We hope to see this become an annual granting program that can be leveraged with outside dollars and resources and made to grow each year.
    Randy Rasmussen, Back Country Horsemen of America