American Trails is pleased to partner with the U.S. Forest Service in continuing the Legacy Trails Grant Program.


This program is funded up to $1.5M per year for 5 years through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and supports partner trail projects that further the Legacy Roads and Trails criteria on National Forest System trails throughout the nine Forest Service Regions. 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, and is soliciting applications for funding, with awards up to $100K per project.

2023 Awardees announced. Find out more here.


The Forest Service identifies and prioritizes watershed acres or areas where Forest Service roads and trails may impact water quality in streams and water bodies. We will be looking to fund projects that restore fish and aquatic organism passage, improve trail resiliency, preserve trail access, decommission unauthorized trails, and convert unneeded Forest Service roads to trails. Protecting threatened, endangered, and sensitive species, and community water sources are among the top priorities for projects that improve and maintain trail access. Emergency operations, such as evacuation routes during wildfires, floods or other natural disasters also benefit from this program.

You may watch the full length (60 minute) recorded pre-application webinar where we explain the grant program as well as answer questions from attendees.

Program Application Timeline

  • August 3, 2023 – Optional Pre-Application Webinar
  • October 2, 2023 – Application portal opens
  • December 1, 2023 - Application portal closes
  • December and January – Project evaluation and selection
  • February 1, 2024 – Applicants notified/awarded


More Information

Legacy Trails Grant Program Webinar

This webinar will outline the exciting trails funding opportunity and is intended to help members of the trail community to understand if this funding program is right for their needs.

Watch the Webinar