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The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is pleased to announce that applications for the 2013 Appalachian Trail (A.T.) License Plate Grant Program are currently being accepted until Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. The ATC will be awarding a total of $35,000 for a broad range of A.T. related projects in North Carolina. These funds are generated from the sales and renewals of North Carolina A.T. specialty license plates.


The ATC is seeking individuals and partner organizations, including Trail clubs; schools; botanists and ecologists; environmental and conservation groups; and civic organizations, to submit applications for this grant program. Projects can be related to the physical Trail and its facilities; the enhancement of Trail clubs’ long-term A.T. management abilities; natural heritage and environmental monitoring; education and outreach; Appalachian Trail Community™ partnerships; and major public-service projects.


Grant funds must be spent in North Carolina. Individual grant requests should not exceed $5,000.


Twenty dollars from each license plate is returned to the ATC to support its work in the state. Last year, A.T. license plate sales in North Carolina generated approximately $115,000, helping support the grant program, the ATC’s land acquisition efforts and the work of its Southern Regional Office located in Asheville, North Carolina.


To view the grant guidelines or to obtain a grant application form, visit www.appalachiantrail.org/plates. For more information about the A.T. License Plate Grant Program, contact Becky Smucker at bsmucker@appalachiantrail.org.


About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy


The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s mission 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.



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