Nov 21 | The North Face awards $125,000 in Explore Fund grants to organizations who help connect kids with the outdoors
It is that time of year again! We just announced the second round of Explore Fund grant winners for 2011. To support organizations that are helping more kids get outdoors this winter, we've granted over $125,000 in grants to 51 projects that will affect more than 30,000 children across the nation. That's a total of $250,000 in micro-grants awarded to non-profit organizations this year.
The recent decline of outdoor activity has especially impacted low-income and urban youth. The North Face and the Explore Fund place a great deal of importance on programs that focus on getting a broader audience to push their limits outdoors. This cycle a total of $77,000 was awarded to outdoor organizations with a focus on increasing diversity.
“Through Girls on Ice, teenage girls gain confidence in their own intellectual and critical thinking skills, technical mountaineering and wilderness skills, and leadership skills. Our free science and mountaineering expeditions allow girls from diverse backgrounds to spend 11 days exploring glaciers and alpine landscapes,” Marijke Habermann, director of Girls on Ice and Explore Fund recipient, said. “The North Face funding will help Girls on Ice create not only life-long friendships, but also life-long advocates for the value of science in understanding Alaskan landscapes."
Fall/Winter funds were granted to organizations across the country that ignite a stronger connection with the outdoors with a focus on:
- $70,000 Access to front and back country recreation
- $37,000 Connection to nature that will empower the future leaders of tomorrow
- $18,000 Education for personal and environmental health
For more details, grantee profiles, highlights and ongoing updates, please visit www.planetexplore.com/explorefund. There you’ll be able to keep up to date with the inspiring works Explore Fund Grantees such as Paradox Sports, The Women’s Wilderness Institute and SkiDUCK are doing.