Climbing Conservation Grant Program is now open for Applications

Deadline: 1 August 2019

The Access Fund is accepting applications for its Climbing Conservation Grant Program that preserve or enhance climbing access and opportunities and conserve the climbing environment throughout the U.S.

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Funding Information

Most grant requests range from $1,000 to $4,000. The Access Fund considers requests for over $10,000, but these projects should have national significance and utilize a high degree of matching funds.

Eligibility Criteria

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  • Applicants welcome applications from local climbing organizations, government agencies, conservation organizations, land trusts, and individuals. Tax exempt 501(c)(3) status is not a pre-requisite.
  • Grants to Individuals: Individuals are required to report grant money as income. IRS Form 1099 will be issued for all grants in excess of $600. Please consult their tax adviser for information regarding their specific reporting requirements.
  • Only one proposal from an organization will be considered per year. Applications from organizations that have never received AF funding will be given priority over applications from past grant recipients.
  • The fund work that:
    • is action-oriented
    • builds local climber involvement and support
    • is strategic in its targeting and goals
    • accomplishes specific goals and objectives that can be effectively measured
    • takes place in the United States
    • encourages access or enhance opportunities for climbing
    • develops knowledge about natural and cultural resource values where the information is used to open climbing areas or mitigate climbing impacts
    • reduces climber impacts on natural and cultural resources within the climbing environment
    • raises awareness about climber responsibility toward conserving the climbing environment
    • is supported by the climbing community
    • utilizes matching agency or local funds (ideally this will be at least 50%)
    • incorporates a degree of volunteer labor and/or pro bono services research projects that increase their scientific understanding of climbing impacts, climber behavior, and economic impacts, and further improve best practices for climbing management.
    • All projects must have a clear plan for distributing and communicating the results.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply via given website.

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