Trail Collaboration

Trail Collaboration Grant

Join forces. Expand your networks.

 

May 5, 2017

 

We realize that our mission to connect the year-round recreation community with a cohesive network of huts will not come to fruition unless we have an interconnected trail system capable of supporting statewide recreation during snowy and sunny months.

 

Once our huts start popping up, we will be giving a percentage of our reservation revenue to the local stewards responsible for maintaining the trails that connect our huts. But we have a long way to go before we can implement that program.

 

In the meantime, we are excited to announce our Trail Collaboration Grant, a small spark to help foster the expansion of your local trail network so it can one day link up with a neighboring organization or trail group.

 

Partner up!
We are looking for two groups who are working together to build new trails or plan to use an existing trail (such as the Catamount Trail or another multi-use trail) in order to create a connection from one major trail network to another. Preference will be given to projects that have the capacity to foster year-round recreation (for example, a new summer mountain bike/hiking trail that closely parallels or crosses a trail normally utilized by different winter recreational groups).

 

In order to qualify for the grant, make sure you review the details, then fill out the application below. Remember, you need to partner up with another trail association to make this happen. The grant is $1,500, and it will be equally split between the two winning organizations/groups ($750 each).

 

Details:

  • Both organizations must be registered 501(c)(3) nonprofits in order to qualify. If one or both organizations are not registered, you must provide proof of a fiscal sponsor(s).
  • The grant must be jointly applied for by two separate organizations. It is a collaborative grant, so organizations applying without a partner will not be considered.
  • The grant must be applied to a trail project that will eventually join one major trail network with another
  • Preference will be given to projects that have the capacity to be utilized year-round by multiple activities (backcountry skiing, mountain biking, hiking, etc…)
  • Preference will be given to projects that have additional financial support beyond this grant
  • Preference will be given to projects able to convey the greatest chance of successfully completing the trail connection

 

Download the grant application here.

 

Deadline to apply is June 16, 2017. Recipients will be selected by July 7, 2017. Funds will be available by July 14, 2017.