ASHEVILLE, N.C. (Nov. 6, 2018) – The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is pleased to announce that applications for the 2019 North Carolina and Tennessee Appalachian Trail (A.T.) License Plate Grant Programs are currently being accepted until January 9, 2019. The ATC will award up to $30,000 in North Carolina and $19,000 in Tennessee for a broad range of A.T.-related projects in each state. These funds are generated from the sale and renewal of A.T. specialty license plates.
The ATC encourages individuals and partner organizations — including Trail clubs, schools, botanists, ecologists, environmental and conservation groups, and civic organizations — to submit applications to the grant program. A wide range of proposals will be considered, but all applicants must show how implementing the proposal will benefit the A.T. within North Carolina and Tennessee. Projects can be related to many aspects of Trail protection, including the A.T. footpath and its facilities; the enhancement of Trail clubs’ long-term A.T. management abilities; natural heritage and environmental monitoring; education and outreach; A.T. Community™ partnerships; and major public-service projects. Grant funds must be spent in the state in which the applicant submits the application and individual grant requests may not exceed $5,000.
Specialty license plates for the A.T. are a great way to support the ATC in its work to sustain the Trail into the future. The ATC receives $20 annually for each specialty A.T. plate purchased or renewed in North Carolina, and $15.62 for those purchased or renewed in Tennessee. Since the plate became available in 2005, North Carolina license plate holders have raised over $1.4 million for the ATC. The Tennessee A.T. license plate has raised over $395,000 since it became available in 2010. Revenue generated through these programs is used to protect, maintain and conserve the North Carolina and Tennessee portions of the A.T. and connecting trails, and to promote awareness of wilderness, hiking and backcountry recreation.
To view the grant guidelines or to apply, please 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 System, the A.T. ranges from Maine to Georgia and is approximately 2,190 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, visit www.appalachiantrail.org.
Media Contact: Jordan Bowman
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Email: [email protected]