STEP Grant Application Form

Apply for a STEP grant by August 1 for a chance to make a positive impact on the trails in your community!

Projects will be funded based on community involvement and sustainability. The following guidelines are also helpful:

  • Projects may include, but are not limited to:
    • Trail maintenance, construction and relocation.
      • Projects for improving existing trails to address design and/or erosion issues or enhance safety will receive priority. 
    • Educational programs, including Tread Lightly! and Leave No Trace training.
      • Programs targeting youth will receive priority.  
  • Must be located on public land and accessible to the public.
    • Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, National Forest Service, local and state government land. 
    • Individually owned land or private ranches that are open to public riding.
      • Individual groups and/or private land owners who wish to apply must have a 501c3 status. Grants for exclusive-use trails or facilities will not be considered for funding.
  • Rental of tools and heavy equipment are eligible for funding. Tool purchases and installment of electricity are not eligible.

Application and required documents must be submitted by August 1 of each year. Applications received after August 1 and/or incomplete applications, including lack of required documents, will not be considered for funding.

Please fill out all the fields below that apply.

Step Grant Application

Contact Information

Organization Information

Host Organization Information

Project Information

Name of land, city, state, name of trail if available
In no more than 500 words, please include the purpose or need for project and all details associated with the project; benefit to equestrian community and community as a whole; specific work to be accomplished by project; and volunteer duties during the project. Please also include any additional projects your organization is currently responsible for.

Land Manager or Owner Information

Documentation required for consideration of funding includes a project budget and written consent of land owner/manager. Any project without a valid support letter from the land owner/manager will not be considered for funding. Other relevant documentation may also be submitted, including photos of the proposed project. If uploading multiple documents, upload simultaneously.