American Trails is pleased to partner with the U.S. Forest Service in announcing the National Forest System Legacy Roads and Trails Fund, which we are calling the Legacy Trails Grant Program.


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.

Deadline to apply is December 15.

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.

Program Application Timeline

  • October 6 - Application portal opens
  • December 15 - Application portal closes
  • December and January - Project evaluation and selection
  • Early February 2023 - Applicants notified/awarded

As with all online applications, it is recommended that you write your answers out to each application question prior to filling in the online form so that none of your answers are accidentally lost. We have created a word document that includes all application questions for this purpose (see link below).

The online application will save your responses as you move on to another page, and you can return to your application, as long as you leave the browser window open until submitted. You will also receive a link for editing your application after it is submitted.

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More Information

Legacy Trails Grant Program Webinar

This webinar outlines a new and 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