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R. Tyler Gross | Joshua Tree, CA

Apply For A Grant

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.

Grant Guidelines and Application Process
Grant Application

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:

  • is action-oriented
  • builds local climber involvement and support
  • is strategic in its targeting and goals
  • accomplishes specific goals and objectives that can be effectively measured
  • takes place in the United States
  • encourages access or enhance opportunities for climbing
  • develops knowledge about natural and cultural resource values where the information is used to open climbing areas or mitigate climbing impacts
  • reduces climber impacts on natural and cultural resources within the climbing environment
  • raises awareness about climber responsibility toward conserving the climbing environment
  • is supported by the climbing community
  • utilizes matching agency or local funds (ideally this will be at least 50%)
  • incorporates a degree of volunteer labor and/or pro bono services

We do not fund:

  • fixed anchors, bolts, bolt installation, etc.
  • outdoor programs (e.g. taking groups climbing, at-risk programs, youth groups)
  • climbing equipment
  • marketing or membership recruitment
  • facility construction (e.g. indoor climbing walls, artificial climbing facilities, ice parks)
  • paid positions and travel stipends
  • political campaigns

Additional considerations:

  • Projects must benefit a technical climbing area, such as rock, ice, and alpine routes where climbers commonly rope up or bouldering areas.
  • Any proposal for facilities, trail work, or installation of signage on public lands requires land owner/manager permission and support.
  • If requesting funds for a land acquisition or for grant requests over $10,000, please call the Access Fund at 303-545-6772 before submitting your application for additional considerations.

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 grantapplications@accessfund.org.