Grant Program to Help Connect Young People to the Outdoors

Posted on June 27, 2011

North Face Launches Explore Fund Grant Program to Help Connect Young People to the Outdoors
Deadline: October 5, 2011

Outdoor gear company the North Face, a division of VF Outdoor, Inc., has launched the Explore Fund (, a grant program to support U.S. nonprofit organizations that help young people connect to the outdoors. The program was established in 2010 as part of the company’s mission to encourage an active healthy lifestyle and protection of the nation’s natural landscapes by creating a stronger connection with the outdoors.

Through its initial grant cycle, the program awarded a total of $125,000 to fifty-two projects across the U.S. The company has committed to granting an additional $125,000 in Explore Fund grants to nonprofit organizations in 2011. Grants of up to $2,500 each will be awarded to organizations that help children connect to nature, increase access to both front and backcountry recreation, and provide education for both personal and environmental health. The proposed program or project should focus on a specific community or place of interest.

Applicants must be nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations.

The grant application process will open September 1, 2011, with applications due by October 5, 2011.

For complete program guidelines, application procedures, grantee highlights, and ongoing updates, visit the Explore Fund Web site.

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