Our Explore Fund Grant Program has evolved.
March 2020 marked the 10th year of our annual open grant cycle (and what a year it was). The Explore Fund began as a way to support the next generation of explorers, and since launching, we distributed over 500+ grants and millions of dollars to nonprofit partners around the country.
As the world and the need for exploration have evolved, so has our approach to this work. As of 2021, the Explore Fund will continue in a new way, with a sharp focus on equity and access to exploration through The Explore Fund Council. We will continue to partner with the nonprofit community. However, our grantmaking will now be directed and in collaboration with each year's Explore Fund Council members.
About The Explore Fund
Exploration can be a powerful force for good in the world, with benefits that extend far beyond a specific activity. Curiosity, courage, and connection don't just propel us in our outdoor pursuits—they inspire us to do more for communities everywhere.
From 2010-2020, the Explore Fund Grant program helped create access and drive equity in the outdoors by funding hundreds of nonprofit organizations around two themes: Enabling Exploration and Loving Wild Places.
We also partnered with The National Park Foundation, the official charity of America's national parks and a nonprofit partner to the National Park Service, to fund programs in national parks and on federally managed lands. Our shared goal is to encourage and enable people from all walks of life and abilities to get outside and explore.