The North Face Opens First Round of Applications for the Explore Fund

2012 Explore Fund grants to total more than $250,000 awarded to non-profit organizations across the country

The North Face today announced the opening of the first cycle of the 2012 Explore Fundâ„¢ grant-giving program, which will provide $125,000 in micro-grants to support non-profit organizations that are getting youth outdoors. To date, The North Face has provided $650,000 in grants as part of the company's mission to encourage an active healthy lifestyle and protection of our natural landscapes by creating a stronger connection with the outdoors. This year, a total of $250,000 will be awarded to non-profits all over the country The North Face Explore Fund.

Through The North Face Explore Fund grantees like Outdoor Outreach, The North Face has helped to give thousands of America's youth an opportunity to explore the outdoors. Big City Mountaineers, a 2011 Explore Fund grant recipient, empowers at- risk and underprivileged youth to make positive, lasting changes in their lives through outdoor exploration.

During this cycle of The North Face Explore Fund, grants of up to $2,500 will be awarded to non-profit organizations with activities geared toward spring and summer activities based on three different focus areas: access to front and back country recreation, education for personal and environmental health, and connection to nature that will empower the future leaders of tomorrow.

Applications for The North Face Explore Fund 2012 Spring/Summer cycle are now being accepted online through April 6, 2012. The most promising projects will be announced on May 9, 2012. For more details, grantee highlights and ongoing updates, please visit