We can all agree that getting kids engaged with the outdoors is an important endeavor. It helps to keep them active, it inspires environmental responsibility and it introduces them to a multitude of adventures that they may not even have known were possible. It was to that end that the North Face launched their Explore Fund a few years back as the outdoor gear company looked to find ways to engage the next generation of explorers, adventurers and outdoor athletes.
The North Face is now seeking applicants for the 2013 Explore Fund grant program and this year they’re opening up the coffers further to award even more cash to worthy organizations. To be eligible, applicants must be from a non-proft that is working in some way to connect youth with the outdoors. TNF is looking to award grants to organizations that focus on three key areas: access to front and back country recreation, education for personal and environmental health, and creating a connection to nature that will empower the future leaders of tomorrow.
This year the company will be giving away a total of 40 grants. Of those, 30 recipients will be awarded $2500 and will be selected directly by The North Face itself. Five other organizations will receive a $10,000 grant while an additional five will get $25,000 to help fund their programs. Those final ten grant winners will be selected via crowdsourcing on the North Face Facebook page later this year.
This is a very generous grant program coming from the folks at The North Face. These funds can go a long way towards really kickstarting some interesting programs and I salute the company for their efforts.
For more information on the Explore Fund grants and how to apply, click here.
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