The Access Fund’s Climbing Conservation Grant Program funds projects that preserve or enhance climbing access and opportunities and conserve the climbing environment throughout the US. Since inception in 1991, Access Fund has funded over $1 million to local organizations, climbers, and public agencies (see our Grant History).
Because we're a member supported non-profit organization, we fund projects that demonstrate local climber support, collaboration with land managers, and a commitment to long-term change. If you are interested in applying for a grant, your group's efforts should be quantifiable, with specific objectives, a detailed budget, and measures for evaluating success. 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.
Who can apply:
We welcome applications from local climbing organizations, government agencies, conservation organizations, land trusts, and individuals. Tax exempt 501(c)(3) status is not a prerequisite. Individuals are required to report grant money as income. Only one proposal from an organization will be considered per year. Applications from organizations that have never received Access Fund funding will be given priority over applications from past grant recipients.
We fund work that:
We do not fund:
Applicants must review the detailed Grant Guidelines and Application Process to ensure the project qualifies and follows the application process. Submit a Grant Application by the following deadlines:
Winter Deadline: March 1st
Summer Deadline: August 1st
The Access Fund is also proud to work closely with the American Alpine Club's Cornerstone Conservation Grant Program. For larger projects, consider matching a Climbing Conservation Grant with a Cornerstone Conservation Grant.
Please direct any questions and e-mail grant applications to firstname.lastname@example.org.