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Access Fund: Climbing Conservation Grant

Deadline: August 1, 2019

The Access Fund’s Climbing Conservation Grant Program funds projects that preserve or enhance climbing access and opportunities, and conserve the climbing environment throughout the U.S. The Access Fund supports projects that demonstrate local climber support, collaboration with land managers, and a commitment to long-term change.

The Action Fund supports work that:

  • Is action-oriented.
  • Builds local climber involvement and support.
  • Is strategic in its targeting and goals.
  • Accomplishes specific goals and objectives that can be effectively measured.
  • Takes place in the United States.
  • Encourages access or enhance opportunities for climbing.
  • Develops knowledge about natural and cultural resource values where the information is used to open climbing areas or mitigate climbing impacts.
  • Reduces climber impacts on natural and cultural resources within the climbing environment.
  • Raises awareness about climber responsibility toward conserving the climbing environment.
  • Is supported by the climbing community.
  • Utilizes matching agency or local funds (ideally this will be at least 50%).
  • Incorporates a degree of volunteer labor and/or pro bono services.
  • Research projects that increase scientific understanding of climbing impacts, climber behavior, and economic impacts, and further improve best practices for climbing management. All projects must have a clear plan for distributing and communicating the results.

Additional considerations:

  • Projects must benefit a technical climbing area, such as rock, ice, and alpine routes where climbers commonly rope up or bouldering areas
  • Any proposal for facilities, trail work, or installation of signage on public lands requires land owner/manager permission and support
  • Funds for paid professional services and travel stipends are limited and at the discretion of the grant committee (e.g., professional trail crews)
  • If requesting funds for a land acquisition or for grant requests over $10,000, contact the Access Fund before submitting an application for additional considerations

Amount: Most grants range from $1,000-$4,000. The Access Fund considers requests for over $10,000, but these projects should have national significance and utilize a high degree of matching funds.

Eligibility: Local climbing organizations, government agencies, conservation organizations, land trusts, and individuals. Tax exempt 501(c)(3) status is not a prerequisite.

Link: https://www.accessfund.org/take-action/apply-for-a-grant

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