Launches Stewardship Grant Program
Ogden, UT (April 20, 2011) – The nonprofit
organization Tread Lightly!® has announced a new
small grant program to support volunteer
stewardship projects across the country.
The program is 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 purchase supplies
like seedlings, tools, garbage bags, water for
volunteers, or to rent equipment.
To be eligible for a Tread Lightly!
Stewardship Grant, applicants must be either a
Club Member or an Individual 3-Year Member of
The first grant cycle is now open with a
deadline of May 18, 2011. The simple
online application process requires 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. Projects can
start anytime after June 1, 2011. All
projects or events must be completed and final
reports submitted by September 30, 2011.
Application deadlines will follow a quarterly
schedule to encourage the ongoing efforts of
volunteers in revitalizing their favorite
recreation areas throughout the year. The
second grant cycle will have a deadline of
August 18, 2011.
The program is funded through a partnership
with Quadratec, which donates a portion of the
proceeds from several off-road vehicle products
such as floor liners and grab bars to Tread
Lightly!’s Restoration for Recreation program.
“Stewardship of our public and private lands
and waters by outdoor enthusiasts is an
essential component of treading lightly,” said
Lori McCullough, executive director of Tread
Lightly!. “When we head outdoors we should
always pack it in, pack it out and leave an area
better than we found it, but sadly that is not
enough. We also need the collective
efforts of volunteers for clean-ups and trail
maintenance to mitigate the damage caused by a
few irresponsible recreationists—and this is
where the new Tread Lightly! Stewardship Grants
To apply for a grant or for more information,
About Tread Lightly!
Tread Lightly!, Inc. is a national nonprofit organization with a mission
to promote responsible outdoor recreation
through ethics education and stewardship.
Tread Lightly! is the nation's signature ethics
message for all outdoor enthusiasts—especially
those that use motorized vehicles. The
organization also offers unique training and
restoration programs strategically designed to
instill an ethic of responsibility in a wide
variety of outdoor enthusiasts and the
industries that serve them.