FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
 

WHAT IS THE EXPLORE FUND?

The North Face® EXPLORE FUND™ is a competitive grants 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 and grant decisions for 2015 have been made. Open applications are accepted in the Spring of each funding year and consider grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. Check back in February for details on the 2016 grants cycle.

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 grants program, and a limited number of awards are made each year.

Applicants must be a non-profit organization 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. Check back in February for details on the 2016 grants cycle.

WHY DOES THE EXPLORE FUND FOCUS ON GROUPS THAT HELP TO GET YOUTH OUTDOORS?

At The North Face the outdoors is in our DNA. We are firm believers in the physical, mental and social benefits of a healthy active outdoor lifestyle. By giving back through the fund’s annual grants we seek to inspire and enable the next generation of outdoor explorers and conservationists.

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.

MY ORGANIZATION IS OUTSIDE OF THE U.S., CAN I STILL APPLY FOR THE EXPLORE FUND?

Applications are considered from qualified groups in Europe and Canada.  For more information please see:

Europe:  HTTP://EXPLOREFUND.EU/
Canada: HTTP://EXPLOREFUND.CA/