Projects large and small in scale are vital for protecting our ecosystems and our ability to continue to enjoy them. Ideal programs think creatively about engaging new and diverse communities in environmental work and can share tangible outcomes. Potential projects might address needs for new trails or forests, or larger topics such as climate change on public lands or in cities. Organizations that work with new technologies and programmatic approaches to protecting our environment are encouraged to apply. If your program focuses more on environmental education in the outdoors, please complete the Enabling New Explorers application.

Click HERE to apply.

For additional information on what we do and do not accept with our grant program, please visit the FAQ.


A total of $500,000 is available for funding. Applicants may apply for up to $25,000 in grant funding and a minimum of $5,000. In rare cases, The North Face may award more than $25,000 to specific projects. Whether grants are awarded and the amounts of any such awarded grants are within the sole discretion of The North Face.

For budget questions, please visit the FAQ.


We’re excited to receive applications from passionate groups looking to increase participation in the outdoors and work in innovative ways to protect our environment. Before applying, organizations must meet these initial criterial:

  • Have 501(c)(3) nonprofit status or be in a formal relationship with a qualified fiscal sponsor.
  • Be based and operate in the U.S. Projects outside the U.S. do not qualify.
  • Visit here to learn about the Explore Fund Canada.

by Colleen Whitaker, published January 30, 2019