Intern Grants

2023 Intern Grant Program Overview:

The Partnership for the National Trails System (PNTS)—in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and U.S. Forest Service—will offer National Trails System Intern Grants of up to $10,000 to Federal agency partners, PNTS nonprofit trail organizations, and affiliate members in 2023. These grants are intended to help organizations offset the costs of paid internships, provide a pathway for young adult involvement with National Trails, and advance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) within the National Trails System. 

 

National Trail System Intern Grants are intended to:

  • Provide short term capacity for a specific project or pilot program on a National Trail that will strengthen the organizations and agencies that administer and manage the National Scenic and Historic trails;
  • Act as a catalyst to enable the organizations and agencies that manage National Trails to obtain additional funding through grants or other donors;
  • Align with administrative priorities, including advancing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility on National Trails;
  • Provide a pathway for young adults to become involved with National Historic and Scenic Trails;
  • Enable young adults to explore potential careers options with government and nonprofit groups supporting the National Trails System; 
  • Provide young adults experience working with trail professionals; and,
  • Encourage innovation and creativity that will elevate the National Trails System!

 

Application Period:  October 5 – November 18, 2022

Grants Awarded: November 25, 2022. Checks will be distributed in January 2023. 

Please view the 2023 National Trails System Intern Grants Overview to learn more about who can apply, what the program requirements are, eligibility, and how to apply.

Learn More and Apply Here

 

Special Thanks:

We would like to extend a special thanks to our partners at the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and U.S. Forest Service for making these grants possible.

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2022 Grantees:

Thirteen grants totaling $100,000 were awarded in 2022. These grants will be matched with over $172,000 of in-kind contributions and over $178,300 in both partner non-Federal cash funds and other Federal funds. 

 

Congratulations to the following 2022 grantees: 

Scenic Trails

  • Appalachian National Scenic Trail — Appalachian Trail Conservancy
  • Arizona National Scenic Trail — Arizona Trail Association
  • Continental Divide National Scenic Trail — Continental Divide Trail Coalition
  • Florida National Scenic Trail — Florida Trail Association
  • Ice Age National Scenic Trail — Ice Age Trail Alliance
  • New England National Scenic Trail — Appalachian Mountain Club
  • North Country National Scenic Trail — North Country Trail Association
  • Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail — Pacific Northwest Trail Association

Historic Trails

  • El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail — El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail Association 
  • El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail— Rocky Mountain Youth Corps
  • Old Spanish National Historic Trail — National Park Service 
  • Oregon and California National Historic Trails — Oregon-California Trails Association
  • Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail — Friends of Fort McHenry/National Park Service

 

2021 Grants:

Fourteen grants totaling $129,990 were awarded in 2021. View the full press release here.

2020 Grants:

Thirteen grants totaling $129,899 were awarded in 2020. View the full press release here.