The North Face Announces 2017 Explore Fund Grants Open for Applications

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Alameda, CA – March 1, 2017— The North Face today announced the 2017 Explore Fund grant-giving program has opened and will remain open through April 5, 2017 for applications. This year, $500,000 will be awarded to nonprofit organizations that inspire and support meaningful outdoor experiences and environmental stewardship activities.

The Explore Fund is broadening its focus in 2017 to include stewardship to continue to ignite the work of nonprofits focused on environmental causes. This work is core to The North Face mission and something the brand has supported for more than 50 years. Successful applicants will be nonprofits that demonstrate how they are working through their programs to increase diversity and access to underrepresented populations in the outdoors and deepen relationships with their participants.

“We believe spending time in the outdoors is important for mind, body and soul, yet not everyone has access to nature,” said Ann Krcik, senior director of Outdoor Exploration, The North Face. “The nonprofits funded through the Explore Fund inspire their participants to try new outdoor activities and instill a lifelong desire to care about the environment.”

Applications are evaluated based on the projected impact, clarity of the proposal and alignment to the spirit of adventure and exploration. The Explore Fund reviews grants by individual merits and as part of a balanced portfolio that includes factors such as geography, type of program, target audiences and more.

The North Face Explore Fund has seen strong engagement from programs taking participants to national parks and federal public lands. Providing opportunities for people to experience these natural playgrounds inspires more people to be stewards of their public lands. The North Face is partnering with the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, to facilitate Explore Fund grant-making.

To be considered for an Explore Fund grant, applicants must be 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or in a formal relationship with a qualified fiscal sponsor. All applicants must fully complete the online submission process and provide the required application information. Explore Fund grants are for one year and funding in a giving cycle does not guarantee future support.

As part of its mission to start a global movement of outdoor exploration, The North Face introduced the Explore Fund (explorefund.org) in 2010 and the program has since provided more than $2.2 million in grants to U.S. organizations committed to inspiring the next generation of outdoor explorers and conservationists.

For more information and to submit an application before April 5, please visit explorefund.org.

About The North Face®

The North Face, a division of VF Outdoor, Inc., was founded in 1966 with the goal of preparing outdoor athletes for the rigors of their next adventure. Today we are the world’s leading outdoor brand, creating athlete-tested, expedition-proven products that help people explore and test the limits of human potential. We protect our outdoor playgrounds and minimize our impact on the planet through programs that encourage sustainability. The North Face products are available at premium and specialty retail sporting goods stores globally and we are headquartered in California on a LEED Platinum-certified campus. For more information, please visit www.thenorthface.com.

About the National Park Foundation

The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service. Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts, CONNECT all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture and rich history, and INSPIRE the next generation of park stewards. In 2016, commemorating the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, the Foundation launched The Centennial Campaign for America’s National Parks, a comprehensive fundraising campaign to strengthen and enhance the future of these national treasures for the next hundred years. Find out more and become a part of the national park community at www.nationalparks.org.

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