aflcc funding guidelines


Monies are intended to revolve out of the AFLCC in the form of short-term loans to LCOs and other agencies acquiring land and back in to the fund through fundraising efforts of the acquiring organization. All loans from the AFLCC must be repaid in full with interest in order to preserve the value of the revolving fund. A successful program can revolve the fund for multiple years, turning 2.5 million into 3, 4, and 5 million dollars of protected land over time.

Loan Evaluation criteria
Every project varies based on its recreational value, environmental significance, location, size, and development threat. The following criteria will inform the Access Fund’s evaluation but is not an exhaustive list.

1. Builds local climber involvement and is supported by the climbing community.
2. Threat of development or closure is imminent or opportunity to remove future threat arises.
3. Project provides maximum public benefit and conservation value for the cost.
4. Applicant has a strong record of success in land protection or has the resources available to carry out a successful transaction.
5. Applicant has capacity to pay back the loan through fundraising or exit strategy.
6. Where possible, applicant seeks a full or partial donation from the landowner as well as profit-bearing tools to leverage funding
7. Utilizes matching public or private funds to greatest extent possible.
8. Incorporates a degree of volunteer/pro bono services (i.e. legal or environmental review).
9. Applicant is prepared and able to manage the property into perpetuity or has partnered with another land trust, local climbing organization, or governmental agency committed to long-term management and public climbing access.

For full details on due diligence criteria and loan terms, see the full AFLCC Funding Guidelines.

Long-term ownership considerations
If the applicant is planning to purchase a property for long-term management, this is a substantial commitment. The Access Fund seeks to advise and assist the applicant in understanding the needs and taking on this responsibility. Deed restrictions are one form of protecting the property if an LCO ceases to exist. In addition, stewardship funding and liability insurance are other items to consider when owning and managing a climbing area.

For full details on long-term ownership considerations, see the full AFLCC Funding Guidelines.

To apply for AFLCC loan, download and complete the following application and submit to Joe Sambataro, Access Director, at joe@accessfund.org. Previous contact regarding the potential project is strongly advised.

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