2020 Funding Cycle Now Open!

Wild East Action Fund

Since 2018, the Wild East Action Fund has supported a variety of land protection and organizational capacity building projects that have accelerated the pace of conservation within the Appalachian Trail landscape. This funding opportunity is available to conservation organizations, including nonprofit partners and public agencies, that support the mission of the Appalachian Trail Landscape Partnership.

The 2020 funding cycle opened Monday, July 20. Proposals should be received by Friday, September 11. Download the application and program criteria below.

Wild East Action Fund Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Wild East Action Fund?

The ultimate goal of the Wild East Action Fund is to accelerate the pace and scale of science- and research-informed Appalachian Trail (A.T.) landscape conservation. We recognize there are multiple ways to achieve this goal, so there are two potential funding opportunities within the Wild East Action Fund:

  • Land protection projects
  • Capacity building projects

In addition to funding projects that contribute to the permanent protection of the A.T. landscape, we also value projects that enhance capacity for strategic conservation activities; that build community support in sustaining the A.T. landscape; and that champion an A.T. landscape that encourages all people to feel welcome, respected, supported and valued.


Please download the program criteria, linked below, for detailed information about these two funding opportunities.

What is the "Wild East"?

The Wild East is another name for the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) landscape. We believe the A.T. is both the backbone AND heart of a large, connected landscape that is vital to all forms of life. The Wild East is inclusive of all values that make the A.T. so exceptional: values like natural resources, history and culture, scenic views, recreation opportunities and unique towns and communities.


The Wild East Action Fund is one way we seek to achieve the mission of the Appalachian Trail Landscape Partnership, or ATLP. The mission of the ATLP is to connect the wild, scenic and cultural wonders of the A.T. and its surrounding landscape.

Who is eligible for the Wild East Action Fund?

Qualified conservation organizations, including 501(c)3 nonprofits and public agencies, are eligible for the Wild East Action Fund. Organizations should broadly serve the needs of a geographic area within the Appalachian Trail landscape.

How much money is available?

Up to $500,000 is available, in total, for qualified land protection projects. There is no minimum or maximum limit on land protection project grant size; however, please keep in mind the total dollar amount available when requesting funds.


For organizational capacity building, up to $150,000 is available. We anticipate single-year grants ranging from $10,000 to no more than $50,000 will be awarded.

When will award notifications take place?

To give us time to thoroughly review all applications, we expect to notify funding recipients by late September or early October.

Who can I contact if I have questions?

If you have additional questions about the Wild East Action Fund, or if you would like to talk to someone about your project and its eligibility, please contact Anne Sentz at [email protected].

2020 Wild East Action Fund

Program Criteria

All applicants should review the 2020 Wild East Action Fund Program Criteria for detailed guidance on funding opportunities, project evaluation and organizational eligibility.

2020 Wild East Action Fund

Official Application

All applicants should complete this application summary in addition to a brief project narrative. You may also include maps and letters of recommendation.


The Wild East Action Fund is administered by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) on behalf of the Appalachian Trail Landscape Partnership. Financial support is provided by The Volgenau Foundation.