EXPLORE FUND GRANT PROCESS


The EXPLORE FUND provides grants to organizations that connect people to the outdoors and support outdoor exploration, with youth as a primary focus. To be considered for an Explore Fund grant, applicants must be a nonprofit organization.

The North Face is honored to have the opportunity to support the extraordinary work of dedicated nonprofit organizations working to connect people with the outdoors. 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. Typical awards are between $1,000 and $5,000. The Explore Fund is a highly competitive grants program and a limited number are awarded each year.

Open grant applications are evaluated generally against annually updated funding priorities, and specifically as to program impact, design, organizational capacity and alignment to the mission and funding goals of The North Face.

Grant applications can be submitted through our ELIGIBILITY AND APPLICATION PAGE during the grant application window. The next grant cycle will open in the Spring of 2016.

For more information on the grant program, grant requirements, visit the EXPLORE FUND FAQ. The grant process and requirements are subject to change annually.

WE DO NOT FUND
 

  • Organizations for profit
  • Programs without a significant outdoor component or activities that are not aligned with the activities and interests of The North Face; youth related programs are of primary interest
  • General outdoor day camps, summer camps, environmental schools and special events unless outdoor recreation activities or skill building are core and significant to the overall purpose/mission
  • Research, white papers and conferences
  • Educational curriculum
  • 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
  • Trail or structure building/maintenance
  • Film, video, book or movie projects

STEP 1:  DO YOU QUALIFY?


To find out if your work fits within our guidelines, take the eligibility quiz below. If you qualify, you may proceed to the grant application form. Thanks for your interest in The North Face Explore Fund.

Take the eligibility quiz

The North Face is honored to have the opportunity to support the extraordinary work of dedicated non-profit organizations working to connect people with the outdoors.