Apply for a JEDI Grant

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Andrea Sassenrath

Access Fund’s Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Grant Program is designed to bolster the efforts of advocates to promote and actuate diversity, inclusion, and equitable access within climbing and dismantle barriers to participation. The JEDI Grant Program seeks to increase the capacity of advocates to pursue projects that address these modern dimensions of access so that all climbers may enjoy sustainable access to climbing and advocate for conservation and stewardship on behalf of our community.

Climbers attending a course. City of Rocks, Idaho. Ancestral lands of Shoshone-Bannock. Photo courtesy of Nikki Smith.

Access Fund’s grant programs are a critical component of our work to support local climbing communities, and funding requests for JEDI-related projects increase in number every year. This reflects our community’s evolving understanding of access to include not only physical and legal barriers to climbing, but social and economic ones as well.


This grant will fund specific projects that address social and cultural barriers to sustainable climbing access with a preference for projects that incorporate elements of education and/or advocacy around sustainable access, conservation, and stewardship.

Who Can Apply
We welcome applications from local climbing organizations, land managers, affinity groups, and other relevant organizations working to protect and create access (broadly defined) to climbing and the climbing environment, and who are committed to integrating JEDI principles in doing so. Tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status is not a prerequisite.

What Projects We Fund
Grant funds may be used for a wide variety of projects as long as they promote JEDI values and address barriers to access. Uses may include programmatic efforts (i.e., scholarships, facilitated access, gear libraries, etc.), JEDI training and other consultant services (i.e., organizational assessments and trainings, etc.), hosting events with JEDI components, and other similar projects.

We particularly welcome applications for the following:

  • Projects led by organizations and individuals from BIPOC, LGBTQ+, disabled, and other marginalized communities that are most impacted by existing barriers to sustainable access.
  • Projects that incorporate stewardship, conservation efforts, and/or education on low-impact climbing practices and conservation of the climbing environment.
  • Projects centered around connecting youth to climbing, especially outdoors.
  • Projects that address barriers to participation and facilitate access to climbing for underrepresented groups.
  • Projects that build a greater understanding of the climbing environment by utilizing traditional/Indigenous ecological knowledge and practices.
  • Projects that otherwise enhance the capabilities of grassroots advocates to engage in JEDI work.

The funding is not intended for use as a long-term sustaining grant but rather as a means to get a specific project completed. This means organizations will likely not receive more than two grants for a given project.

Project Evaluation
The grant is open for applications beginning Spring 2022. Applications are evaluated by the Access Fund JEDI committee. Committee members will individually evaluate the grants, meet to discuss the full set of applications holistically, and then determine funding amounts for each application. Partial funding of applications is possible, as are opportunities for revision and resubmission.

Award Amounts
During this pilot year for the grant, $10,000 is available, with the average grant expected to fall roughly in the $2,500-$5,000 range per applicant. As such, between two and four grants are expected to be awarded. These numbers are subject to change depending on demand and effectiveness of the grant program.

Climbing at a Color the Crag Climbing Festival. Ancestral lands of Cherokee, Chickasaw, and Creek. Photo courtesy of Irene Yee

How to Apply

Step 1 Review project suitability

Review the JEDI Grant Program guidelines and assess whether your project is compatible with the criteria. Projects that focus solely on conserving or enhancing the climbing environment are better suited for our Climbing Conservation Grant Program, and rebolting projects fall under the Fixed Anchor Replacement Program.

Step 2 – When to apply

The first round of grants is open from April 1-30, 2022.

Step 3 – The application

Click here to download the application. Electronic submissions (MS Word or PDF), with attachments sent separately, are required.

Step 4 Submit application

Email the application and required attachments to [email protected]

If you do not receive a confirmation email within two business days of submitting your application, please resend your application and call our office at 303-545-6772.

Step 5 – Release of funds:

Grant recipients will have up to the end of the calendar year to claim grant money (recipients will need to resubmit a grant application in the following year if the money is not claimed by December 31), and funding will be released only for projects that begin within six months of the grant being awarded.

Prior to the release of funds, all grant recipients shall agree in writing to:

  • Submit a project report within 30 days of completion of the project. Click here to download the application.

  • Return any unused funds. If the project is not completed within one year of Access Fund approval or the agreed time frame, or is completed at less than budgeted, all unused funds shall be returned immediately to Access Fund.

  • Provide Access Fund recognition. All projects must acknowledge Access Fund by inclusion of the Access Fund logo on signs, publicity, and/or outreach materials. The following wording must be included: “This project was made possible by a grant from Access Fund.” Sample acknowledgment signs and logos will be made available to grantees.

Step 6 – Use of funds:

  • Grantee will use the funds awarded solely for the purpose(s) stated in their application and must repay to Access Fund any portion of such funds not used for those purposes.

  • Grantee will not attempt to influence legislation within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Code using any of the funds granted by Access Fund.

  • Grantee will not use any portion of funds awarded to participate or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office, to cause any private inurement or improper private benefit to occur, or to take any other action inconsistent with 501(c)(3) of the Code.

  • Grantee will indemnify and hold Access Fund harmless from any liability or loss arising in connection with the performance of any work and the grant of funds described in grantee’s application.


Please direct any questions and email grant applications to [email protected] Access Fund strongly encourages applicants to inquire about project ideas prior to applying to ensure appropriate projects are submitted.