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The North Face: Explore Fund

Deadline: April 4, 2018

Explore Fund grants seek to support innovative ideas, both large and small in scale, that are changing the way people think about outdoor participation, accessibility, and protection of the environment. Grants are offered in two main categories:

1. Enabling new explorers: Introducing underrepresented communities to outdoor adventures, in potentially new and interesting ways, is core to this program category. The Foundation wants to work with nonprofits that are helping change the narrative of outdoor exploration. Ideal programs are working towards that goal in ways that could include teaching independence and self-awareness through outdoor adventures, demonstrating partnership and trust through outdoor activities, and developing outdoor leaders through innovative programing and trips to public lands. This category will support programs that focus on environmental education in the outdoors.

2. Protecting the environment: Projects large and small in scale are vital for protecting ecosystems and people’s ability to continue to enjoy them. Ideal programs think creatively about engaging new and diverse communities in environmental work and can share tangible outcomes. Potential projects might address needs for new trails or forests, or larger topics such as climate change on public lands or in cities. Organizations that work with new technologies and programmatic approaches to protecting the environment are encouraged to apply.

Amount: A total of $500,000 is available to award grants that typically range from $5,000-$25,000.

Eligibility: Tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations or organizations that are in a formal relationship with a qualified fiscal sponsor. Organizations must be based and operate in the U.S.

Link: https://www.thenorthface.com/about-us/outdoor-exploration/explore-fund.html

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