Trail Grants

The National Forest System Trail Stewardship Grants

Selections for the 2017 Trail Grant Program have been made.  These grants will enable 2000+ volunteers to participate in trail maintenance on over 2000 miles of National Forest Trails.

Read the News Release

Read the Fact Sheet


NWSA is proud to announce and manage a new grant program to support the National Forest System Trails Program.  

Read the News Release here.

The National Forest System Trail Stewardship Grants are intended to encourage and support volunteer and stewardship group trail maintenance accomplishments and trail deferred maintenance backlog on the National Forest trail system.

Here are a few basics of the Trail Grant Program:

  • Any non-profit group recognized by the IRS may apply for a Trail Stewardship Grant.
  • These grants are for work on any and all National Forest System trails.
  • Trail work will be performed during the 2017 Field Season (June - 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 Grant 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 closed June 2, 2017.  

Questions about the National Forest System Trail Stewardship Grants may be addressed to Randy Welsh, Executive Director, NWSA at either 801-808-2167 or randy@wildernessalliance.org.

Good luck to all who apply.


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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