American Alpine Club: Cornerstone Conservation Grants
The American Alpine Club’s (AAC’s) Cornerstone Conservation grant, powered by REI, seeks to improve, conserve, and protect local climbing resources across the country. It has supported projects as varied as building or improving trail networks to climbing areas; establishing new toilet facilities and signage at trailheads; and deploying a variety of community groups for clean-up and graffiti removal at local crags.
Goals for Cornerstone are: create healthy climbing landscapes, promote respect for the places where people climb, and empower local climbing communities. Proposed projects must:
- Have measurable, high impact yet achievable goals
- Incorporate best practices for sustainability
- Improve land conservation and/or climber practices
- Demonstrate reduced impact from climber practices
- Demonstrate a plan for long term success
- Engage members of the local climbing community, such as local AAC chapters and local REI stores
- Utilize matching agency, local funds, or Access Fund grant money
Amount: Grants range from $1,000-$8,000.
Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations or those with a fiscal sponsor. Applications should have local land manager endorsement and have local AAC Section endorsement.
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