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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS THE EXPLORE FUND?

The North Face® EXPLORE FUND™ is a competitive grant program that supports efforts to:

  • Provide participants experiences that nurture an enduring appreciation of the outdoors.
  • Use outdoor exploration as the catalyst for positive personal or societal change, such as increasing personal resilience, improving opportunities for life success and future engagement in conservation activities.
  • Encourage participants to try new outdoor activities that are core to The North Face and our passion for outdoor exploration and adventure, including camping, hiking, rock climbing, mountaineering, skiing, snowboarding, yoga, running and mountain biking.

HOW CAN MY ORGANIZATION APPLY FOR AN EXPLORE FUND GRANT?

The Explore Fund operates on an annual grant cycle. Open applications are accepted in the Spring of each funding year and consider grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000. Check back in late February each calendar year for grant cycle details.

WHO CAN APPLY FOR AN EXPLORE FUND GRANT?

The Explore Fund supports the work of our key nonprofit partner organizations, internally nominated nonprofit groups, and an open grant application process. The Explore Fund is a highly competitive grant program, and a limited number of awards are made each year.

Applicants must be 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or in a formal relationship with a qualified fiscal sponsor and projects must be closely aligned to the Explore Fund’s grant priorities. The grant process and criteria may change from year-to-year. 

WHAT DEMOGRAPHIC DOES THE EXPLORE FUND SUPPORT?

The North Face Explore Fund seeks to fund nonprofits that invite people to the outdoors. We do not restrict the demographic a nonprofit chooses to work with. 

WHEN WILL DECISIONS BE MADE?

Funding decisions are communicated in June in each funding cycle.

CAN I APPLY FOR MORE THAN ONE GRANT THROUGH THE SAME ORGANIZATION?

Organizations are allowed to apply for more than one grant as long as the funds are used for unique individual programs.

WHO DO I CONTACT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS?

Email tnfexplorefund@gmail.com to ask questions.