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About AERC

Join AERC Today!


Want to find out more?
Call AERC toll-free: 866-271-2372 or

for an information packet

Donate to AERC!
  • Trail Fund
  • Education Fund
  • Research Fund
  • General Fund
  • Junior Scholarship Fund
AERC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Donations may be sent to the AERC office, P.O. Box 6027, Auburn, CA 95604.

AERC Trails Grants

Trails Grant Committee Charter: The Trails Grants committee wll advertise for trail projects and then review the proposals to recommend to the AERC Board of Directors those that should be funded. The BOD should propose an annual budget for the committee to work within. The committee should consist of a small number of directors from various regions and the Trails Advocacy Committee chairman. The proposals should be reviewed on an agreed upon advertised criteria from AERC bylaws.


To make your grant request a reality:

AERC has grant funds available for projects and we look forward to getting your application. With so many budget cuts in these tough economic times, it is more important now than ever before to get involved with trail improvement. Whether you organize a project or volunteer on a project every effort counts and will go a long ways to making sure we have miles of trails to ride with our wonderful equestrian friends.

Be organized before you make the application for the grant. Know the project specifics including what work is to be done, what material is needed, who will be doing the work, what matching funds are available, total costs, what AERC rides are held on the trail, and when the work is expected to be done.

For the grant application form, click here.

Send your completed grant application to either the chair of the Trails and Land Management Committee or to the Trails Grants Program Liaison. Check the committee page of the AERC website, phone the AERC office, 866-271-2372, or check the committee pages of Endurance News.

Review of grants will be an ongoing process. Requests should be made as soon as your project has clear definition.

If you have any question about AERC trails grants, contact the Grants Program Liaison, Helen Koehler, at


Trails Grants Proposals and Status

Grants recently completed

  • Capial Forest, Wedekind-Porter Trails, Washington (grant amount: $846), completed 2013

  • Nockamixon State Park, Pennsylvania (grant amount: $3,500), completed 2012

  • Scioto Trail State Forest Trailhead Parking Area, Ohio (grant amount: $2,500), completed 2012

  • Pioneer Trail Relocation (NEPA Study), Gold Country Trail, California, (grant amount: $1,500), completed 2012 

  • BLM/Ft. Stanton Water Expansion, New Mexico, (grant amount: $642), completed 2011


Grants Amounts – Previous Years

  • 2013: 5 grants totaling $18,279.30

  • 2012: 4 grants totaling $7,500

  • 2011: 1 grant totaling $650

  • 2010: 6 grants totaling $14,116

  • 2009: 4 grants totaling $29,000

  • 2008: 2 grants totaling $10,000

  • 2007: 3 grants totaling $9,359

  • 2006: 2 grants totaling $2,600

  • 2005: 8 grants totaling $20,714

  • 2004: 5 grants totaling $25,414

  • 2003: 1 grant totaling $3,285

  • 2002: 1 grant totaling $3,000

Last Updated: 5/12/2014