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The North Face Explore Fund


We at The North Face love the outdoors. It’s in our DNA and defines us as company. Our desire to share this passion is the catalyst behind The North Face® Explore Fund™. By giving back through these annual grants we seek to inspire and enable the next generation of outdoor explorers and conservationists.


Explore Fund grant recipients include nonprofit organizations working in powerful and creative ways to encourage participants to experience outdoor activities and develop an enduring appreciation of the outdoors. A small sample of the work being done by grantees includes:

  • Outdoor education and outing programs for youth from underserved communities that provide exposure to outdoor activities and build skills for life success.
  • Clinics and camps to help make the outdoors available to people with adaptive needs.
  • Comprehensive, ongoing mentoring partnerships with urban schools to support student success through a number of programs, including outdoor activities.
  • A range of innovative and exciting programs connecting youth and families to the outdoors, their communities and the environment through activities that embody the spirit of adventure represented by The North Face. Program activities include biking, kayaking, rock climbing, snowboarding, hiking, camping and more.


Applications Closed!


The Explore Fund grant cycle is open each spring and the 2015 cycle is now closed. Please check back in early 2016 for information on the next Explore Fund grants cycle.
Since its founding in 2010, the Explore Fund has supported more than 350 grassroots organizations serving well over 100,000 young people in communities around the country. The Explore Fund reflects a significant commitment by The North Face to introduce more people to the joy of exploring the outdoors and the natural world.