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2021 Georgia Appalachian Trail (A.T.) License Plate Grant Program

Grants to Georgia Organizations and Individuals
for Recreational Trail Management Projects

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Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC)

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Grants of up to $10,000 to Georgia organizations and individuals for recreational trail management and preservation projects. Funding is intended for physical projects, outreach and education, environmental monitoring, community partnerships, enhancement of trail management capabilities, and any other projects that fit the mission of the ATC. This unique grant program helps the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) fulfill its mission for the portions of the Appalachian Trail located within the state of Georgia.

ATC’s mission is multi-faceted and broad in scope: to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. A wide range of grant proposals can be considered, but it is imperative that all applicants must show how implementing the proposal will benefit the portions of the Trail within Georgia. All grant funds must be spent within Georgia, unless specific supplies, services, and equipment are not available in state.

Examples of types of projects that would be considered include:

  1. Physical Projects
    • Shelter or privy construction, relocation or repair work
    • Materials for appropriate signs
    • Major tool purchases. An effort should be made to purchase tools from Georgia companies or vendors whenever possible
    • Trailway bridge construction
    • Trail construction
    • Trail maintenance
  2. Start-up funds for major public-service projects
    • Initial development of Trail, Community, or GATC brochure
    • Development of materials for new educational programs (i.e., slide shows, written materials, specialized training) incorporating the Trail’s resources
    • Costs of contract staff on a short-term basis to assist Trail or GATC programs
    • Training for Trail work, publications, club organizations, volunteer motivation, and development, etc.
  3. Major one-time financial needs
    • Assistance to complete construction of major Trailway relocations including capital improvements (e.g., bridges, parking areas)
    • Assistance in developing a fund-raising or membership drive for the Trail
    • Repair or replacement of damaged Trail or Trail-related facilities due to unanticipated event(s)
  4. Projects to enhance long-term A.T. management abilities
    • Strategic planning
    • Leadership development
    • Development of viewshed and/or watershed conservation plans and projects (especially involving local communities, see #7)
  5. Natural heritage and environmental monitoring projects
    • Monitoring tools for volunteers
    • Invasive plant, wildlife, water or air quality monitoring, workshops, or mitigation
    • Rare species protection
  6. Education and outreach
    • School service-learning initiatives
    • Workshops and educational lectures
    • Outreach initiatives to diversify Trail users and Trail stewardship, including outreach partnerships with the Len Foote Hike Inn
    • Interpretive exhibits
    • Trail-related safety or emergency preparedness initiatives
    • Ridgerunner and caretaker programs
  7. A.T. community partnerships
    • Trailhead enhancements
    • Maps
    • Interpretive signs
    • Joint planning efforts
    • Development of physical facility for public information/education center for the Trail

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185930

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant requests may not exceed $10,000, however special consideration may be given to higher levels of funding for large projects.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Georgia organizations and individuals may apply for grants.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications for the 2021-2022 Georgia A.T. Tag grants are now being accepted!
The deadline for submission is Tuesday, August 17, 2021.

The Georgia Appalachian Trail Club (GATC) will review all proposed projects submitted to ATC to ensure that they are consistent with the GATC mission and benefit the citizens of Georgia. Members of the GATC Board may contact applicants during the review period with specific concerns or questions regarding a proposal.

On September 19, 2021, the GATC Board of Directors will vote to endorse or not endorse each project application. Applicants will be notified of the status of their applications in October.

Project Endorsement:
Applicants must submit the Agency Endorsement Form to the appropriate Federal land managing agency for the area where project work will occur. Applicants are encouraged to submit this form to the agency at least three weeks prior to the application deadline. No projects along the A.T. will be funded without agency endorsement. The Agency Endorsement Form should be submitted to ATC at the same time as the Grant Application form.

Projects may also require a Special Use Permit (SUP) from the USDA Forest Service or National Park Service. Contact the appropriate agency to learn requirements. The federal SUP process can take up to 60 days to complete. In order for this proposal to be considered, all required SUPs must be approved or pending approval at the time of application.

All volunteers participating in A.T. license plate funded projects on federal property must be enrolled in the volunteers in Forests (VIF) and/or Volunteers in Parks (VIP) programs and must adhere to certification and safety procedures of those agencies.

Matching requirement:
Applicants are expected to provide matching contributions with labor, money, or in-kind goods. The match should be at least half the value of the amount of grant funds requested (e.g., a request of $2,000 should have a match of at least $1,000). Volunteer time for projects may be valued at $28.54 per hour based on the Independent Sector research. A higher level of matching funds is a positive grant evaluation factor.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Please submit your grant project requests electronically by emailing them to

If you would like assistance with preparing your proposal, please call (828) 254-3708 or email the above email address.

Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee Regional Office (SORO)
160A Zillicoa Street
Asheville, NC 28801

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