Explore Fund

Helping Kids discover Nature's playground


Application Process


  • Organizations without 501(c)(3) status or without a qualified 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor
  • Programs without a significant outdoor component or activities that are not aligned with the activities and interests of The North Face; youth related programs are of primary interest
  • Research, white papers and conferences
  • Educational curriculum
  • Endowment or capital fund campaigns
  • Advocacy or political campaigns
  • Sustainability or green building projects
  • Land acquisitions, land trusts or conservation easement
  • Scholarships, stipends and most salaries
  • Trail or structure building/maintenance
  • Film, video, book or movie projects

The Explore Fund provides grants to organizations that connect people to the outdoors and support outdoor exploration, with youth as a primary focus. To be considered for an Explore Fund grant, applicants must be 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations or in a formal relationship with a qualified fiscal sponsor.

The Explore Fund supports the work of our key non-profit partner organizations, internally nominated non-profit groups, and an open grant application process. Typical awards are between $5,000 and $25,000. The Explore Fund is a highly competitive grants program and a limited number are awarded each year.

Open grant applications are evaluated broadly against the funding priorities and specifically as to program impact, design, organizational capacity and alignment to the mission and funding goals of The North Face.

Applicants must fully complete the online submission process and provide all the required information. The application process is available exclusively through Application Page during the grant application window March 16-April 17.

For more information on the grant program please visit the Explore Fund FAQ. To find out if your work fits within our guidelines, take the eligibility quiz below. If you qualify, you can proceed to the grant application form.


Do you qualify?

To find out if your work fits within our guidelines, take the eligibility quiz below. If you qualify, you may proceed to the grant application form. Thanks for your interest in The North Face Explore Fund.

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The North Face is honored to have the opportunity to support the extraordinary work of dedicated non-profit organizations working to connect people with the outdoors.