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ELIGIBILITY & APPLICATION PROCESS

EXPLORE FUND GRANT PROCESS

 

Eligibility

The North Face EXPLORE FUND provides grants to U.S. based nonprofit organizations that connect people to the outdoors and support outdoor exploration. To be considered for an Explore Fund grant, applicants must be 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or in a formal relationship with a qualified fiscal sponsor.

Explore Fund grants support nonprofit organizations working in partnership with The North Face; groups that are nominated by The North Face vendor partners and select internal business units; and through an annual open grant application cycle.

APPLICATION PERIOD

The 2016 Explore Fund application is open from MARCH 1 THROUGH APRIL 5. Grantees will be announced by June 2016.

Funding

Typical awards are between $5,000 and $25,000. The Explore Fund is a highly competitive grant program and a limited number are awarded each year.

Applications should show how funding will be applied to a particular project or program. Additional budget guidance appears in the application.

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WE DO NOT FUND

  • Organizations without 501(c)(3) status or without a qualified 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor
  • Programs without a significant outdoor component or activities that are not aligned with the activities and interests of The North Face
  • General outdoor day camps or summer camps unless outdoor recreation activities or skill building are core and significant to the overall purpose/mission
  • Research, white papers and conferences
  • Endowment or capital fund campaigns
  • Advocacy or political campaigns
  • Sustainability or green building projects
  • Land acquisitions, land trusts or conservation easements
  • Scholarships, stipends and most salaries
  • Film, video, book or movie projects

Frequently Asked Questions 

For more information about the grant program, visit the Explore Fund FAQ. The grant process and requirements are subject to change annually.