Tread Lightly! Stewardship Grants

Tread Lightly! Stewardship Grant Program
Tread Lightly! recognizes that one of the best ways to promote responsible outdoor recreation is to get recreational enthusiasts involved in the stewardship of their favorite recreational areas. Tread Lightly!’s Stewardship Grants are designed to help individuals and clubs organize clean-ups, trail maintenance work days and other small stewardship projects. The maximum grant amount is $500, and those funds can be used to rent equipment or purchase supplies like garbage bags, water, or snacks for volunteers, etc.

When are grant applications due?
Grant applications and all supporting material are due by 8:00 A.M. mountain time March 1, 2012.

What do I need for my application?
Applicants must submit an online grant application, a letter of support from a representative of the land management agency or land owner and, if applicable, any additional documentation including photos of the area.

Where should I send supplemental documentation for this grant?
Your letter of support and additional documentation can be emailed to or mailed to 353 E. 400 S. Suite 100, SLC, UT 84111.

When should my project or event be completed?
For this grant cycle, all projects or events must be completed and final reports submitted by July 31, 2012.

If I am awarded a grant, when should I expect funding to be released?
Tread Lightly! will provide fifty percent of the grant award up front. The final payment will be issued upon receipt of a complete project report and other requested documentation.

Remember that you must be a member club or 3-year individual member to qualify. Need to join? Click here:
Good morning everyone! Just wanted to take a minute to get caught up on recently funded projects, and make everyone aware of the next grant deadline.

Quadratec Stewardship Grants Applicants
April 1st, 2012 Deadline

Applicant: Guemes Channel Trail
Location: Anacortes, WA
Start Date: Currently Running
Summary: Grant funds to assist volunteers and assessment for an on-going Rails To Trails project near the city of Anacortes, in Northern Washington.

Applicant: San Juan Mountain Association
Location: Durango, CO – Mud Springs (BLM)
Start Date: June 2, 2012
Summary: Volunteer project in the Mud Springs area, including remove a dumped freezer, install signage to make access to the trails more obvious, prune and brush trails and brush in old routes that are no longer in use.

Applicant: Lopez Island Conservation Corps
Location: Lopez, Washington – Patos Island (BLM)
Start Date: June 1, 2012
Summary: Youth crews will concentrate on campsite and shoreline clean-up, opening up trails, and other general maintenance tasks.

Applicant: Fairbanks Off-Road Lions
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska – Fairbanks Creek Trail
Start Date: June 2012
Summary: Grant money will be used to perform maintenance on the trail including pruning back over growth, removal of fallen trees, erosion control, and other tasks. Some maintenance equipment will be purchased with funds.

Applicant: Kittatas County Field and Stream Club
Location: Ellensberg, Washington – Durr Road
Start Date: April 2012
Summary: Funds will be used to support the annual cleanup on Durr Road, removing trash from recreational shooting and dispersed activities.

Applicant: Maine 4x4
Location: Jay, Maine – Bear Mountain
Start Date: June 9, 2012
Summary: Clean up of the Bear Mountain area, purchase of barrels for future waste collection, and general trail maintenance on this private property that is open for public use.

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Quadratec Stewardship Grants Applicants
June 1, 2012 Deadline

Applicant: Christian Crawlers 4x4 Club
Location: Byrd’s Adventure Center – Cass, AR
Start Date: Currently Running
Summary: Purchase of Trasharoo’s and other items to facilitate trail and adventure center cleanup activities throughout the club, centered around a single trail run each month.

Applicant: Lake County Off-Road
Location: Fischer’s Pine Lake – Jefferson, OH
Start Date: October 2012
Summary: Purchase of safety and stewardship materials to promote responsible use and cleanup of area used by event. Designation and printing of trail maps for the Jamboree.

Applicant: Texas Master Naturalists – Sabine Neches Chapter
Location: Sea Rim State Park – Sabine Pass, TX
Start Date: September, 2012
Summary: Adoption of Sea Rim State Park, which has been devastated by hurricanes over the last several years. Funding will help with support for volunteer efforts to restore dunes, install interpretive signage, and cleanup beach areas.

Applicant: Thunder Mountain Wheelers ATV Club
Location: Delta, CO
Start Date: June 2012
Summary: Grant money will be used to construct and support a booth that will travel through the USFS Ouray Ranger District to convey Travel Management information, Tread Lightly! ethics, and assorted stewardship information.

Many thanks again to our friends (and partners) at Quadratec for their support of our stewardship programs. If you are in the market for new floor liners or grab handles, please consider supporting us through your purchase.

Our next grant application deadline is on August 1st. Grants are open to current member/partner clubs and 3-year individual members. To apply:

And most of all... Thank YOU ALL for your work taking care of the public and private lands we enjoy. Couldn't do it without you.