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 being accepted until Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. The ATC will award a total of $15,000 for a broad range of A.T. related projects in Tennessee. These funds are generated from the sales and renewals of Tennessee A.T. specialty license plates.
The ATC is seeking individuals and partner organizations, including Trail clubs, schools, botanists and ecologists, environmental and conservation groups as well as civic organizations, to submit applications for this grant program. Projects can be related to the physical Trail and its facilities; major public-service projects; the enhancement of Trail clubs’ long-term A.T. management abilities; natural heritage and environmental monitoring; education and outreach; and Appalachian Trail Community™ partnerships.
Grant funds must be spent in Tennessee. Individual grant requests should 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. From each license plate purchase or renewal, $15.62 is donated to the ATC to support Trai
l-related work in the state. Last year, A.T. license plate sales in Tennessee generated approximately $44,877 helping to support the grant program, the ATC’s land acquisition efforts and the Tennessee 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]