The Access Fund’s Climbing Conservation Loan Program provides local climbing organizations and land trusts with bridge financing and transaction expertise for time-sensitive projects. With quick access to funds and expertise, locals can scoop up a threatened climbing area, then take the time they need to raise money for its long-term protection and stewardship. The Climbing Conservation Loan Program is a revolving fund—money is loaned out, repaid by the local community, and then reinvested into another threatened climbing area, allowing the Access Fund to use the same dollars to protect more land over time.
The applicant must be a qualified 501(c)(3) organization, demonstrate capacity to lead the project, pay back the loan through fundraising, and either be prepared to manage the property into perpetuity or partner with a long-term climbing friendly entity. The Access Fund seeks to advise and assist the applicant in completing its due diligence, building a successful conservation strategy, and considering long-term ownership responsibilities, such as deed restrictions, stewardship funding, and liability insurance.
Interested applicants should review the full funding guidelines and contact the Access Fund at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-545-6772 prior to submitting an application to discuss the project.
For a history of loans awarded since 2009, look for the revolving loan icon under Acquisition History.