The C&O Canal Trust offers a number of sponsorship opportunities to individuals and organizations who support our work with the C&O Canal National Historical Park (NHP) each year. Please see below for current opportunities.

Park After Dark Sponsorship

Park After Dark attendees enjoy visiting with one of the Park’s mules. Photo by Turner Photography Studio.

Park After Dark is the largest annual fundraising event to benefit the C&O Canal NHP. We are excited to welcome our canal community to this year’s Park After Dark at the Historic Great Falls Tavern on Sunday, September 17. It is a wonderful opportunity to come together, highlight the work of the C&O Canal Trust, and gain insight and vision for the future from Park and Trust leadership.

Park After Dark is a memorable evening and an important fundraising event. The proceeds from this event directly support the mission of the Trust and contribute to the preservation programs of the C&O Canal NHP. With five million visitors annually, the Park plays a vital role in preserving our heritage along its remarkable 184.5-mile length. We invite you to become a sponsor of Park After Dark and be a key contributor to the success of this event and the Park’s future. A variety of sponsorship levels and benefits are available.

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Canal Community Days Sponsorship

Volunteers remove invasive garlic mustard at Great Falls during Canal Community Days in 2022. Photo by Francis Grant-Suttie.

You – or your business – can make a direct impact on the experience of over five million visitors of all ages expected to visit the C&O Canal NHP in 2023 for rest, recreation, and the enjoyment of nature and history. Become a Canal Community Days Sponsor, and enable the C&O Canal Trust to recruit and manage hundreds of volunteers throughout the year to undertake preservation, conservation, maintenance, and beautification projects along the 184.5-mile length of the canal from DC to Cumberland, Maryland.

We rely on the support of our Sponsors to help fund public volunteer projects each year. To show our gratitude for your commitment to the community, and the well-being of the C&O Canal NHP, the C&O Canal Trust offers a number of benefits, including signage in the Park and recognition on our website, social media, and in media releases. As a Canal Community Days Sponsor, you are demonstrating your commitment to preservation, conservation, recreation, and economic development.

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Please contact our development team at [email protected].


Top image by Trust Staff