Asheville, NC (Nov. 21, 2014) – The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is pleased to announce that applications for the 2015 Appalachian Trail (A.T.) Specialty License Plate grant program are currently being accepted until Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. The ATC will award a total of $30,000 for a broad range of A.T.-related projects in North Carolina. These funds are generated from the sales and renewals of North Carolina A.T. specialty license plates.
The ATC encourages individuals and partner organizations, including Trail clubs, schools, botanists, ecologists, environmental and conservation groups as well as civic organizations, to submit applications to the grant program. Projects can be related to the physical Trail and its facilities; the enhancement of Trail clubs’ long-term A.T. management abilities; natural heritage and environmental monitoring; education and outreach; Appalachian Trail Community™ partnerships; and major public-service projects.
Grant funds must be spent in North Carolina. Individual grant requests may not exceed $5,000.
Specialty license plates for the A.T. are a way to support the ATC in its work to sustain the Trail into the future. Twenty dollars from each license plate is returned to the ATC to support its work in the state. Last year, A.T. license plate sales in North Carolina generated approximately $115,000, which supported the Specialty License Plate grant program, the ATC’s land acquisition efforts and the work of its Southern Regional Office located in Asheville.
To view the grant guidelines or to apply, visit www.appalachiantrail.org/plates.
About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. A unit of the National Park Service, the A.T. ranges from Maine to Georgia and is approximately 2,185 miles in length. It is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. The mission of the ATC is 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. For more information, please visit www.appalachiantrail.org.
Contact: Javier Folgar
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Tel: 304.535.2200 x117
Email: [email protected]