AT Service Provider Grant Program
Service Providers on the Appalachian Trail
Hostels and other various service providers along the Appalachian Trail are a key component to the modern long distance hiking experience, and in many cases, without these dedicated service providers and hostel owners, a sizable number of would-be Appalachian Trail thru-hikers would never complete their journey.
Providing lodging, laundry, and meals, hostels along the Appalachian Trail provide everything that long distance hikers need when they hike the Appalachian Trail. Although there is a small percentage of service providers who try and take advantage of hikers, there are many important service providers that are owned and operated by some of the most dedicated people in the long distance hiking community, and in many instances, these dedicated hostels manage to barely break even.
Recognizing just how valuable hostels and service providers are to the Appalachian Trail Experience, the One Percent Club is dedicated to providing assistance to those long standing hostels and service providers who have made a major investment of time and resources to the long distance hiking community. In keeping with One Percent Club principles, the One Percent Club will hike and travel the length of the Appalachian Trail in order to provide financial assistance and resources to those service providers who have truly contributed to the long distance hiking experience above and beyond what is normally associated with hostels on the Appalachian Trail.
Further, the One Percent Club will award an annual cash grant to one hostel on the Appalachian Trail so that they can further invest in their service operation. This Annual grant will be awarded every year on the 1st of May. Please download the file below to apply.