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Cornerstone Conservation Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and Individuals
to Conserve and Restore Mountain Climbing Locations

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Foundation / Corporation

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American Alpine Club (AAC)

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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $8,000 to USA nonprofit organizations, land managers and agencies, local climbing organizations, and individuals to protect and restore mountain climbing areas. Funding is intended to help create healthy climbing landscapes, empower local climbing communities, and promote respect for climbing locations.

The American Alpine Club looks to local climbing communities to identify areas in need of conservation, restoration, and educational resources for visitors.

Projects must:
- Have measurable, high impact yet achievable goals
- Incorporate best practices for sustainability
- Improve land conservation and/or climber practices
- Demonstrate reduced impact from climber practices
- Demonstrate a plan for long term success
- Engage members of the local climbing community, such as local AAC chapters and local REI stores.
- Have local land manager endorsement
- Have local AAC Section endorsement
- Have a realistic budget
- Utilize matching agency, local funds or Access Fund grant money

Since 2011, this program has awarded grants for projects as varied as building or improving trail networks to climbing areas; establishing new toilet facilities and signage at trailheads; and deploying a variety of community groups for clean-up and graffiti removal at local crags.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173943

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants range from $1,000 to $8,000, depending on the size and scope of project.

Term of Contract:

Successful applicants have 18 months to complete projects.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Local climbing organizations (LCOs), land managers and agencies, nonprofits, and individuals may apply.

- Applicants that are not 501(c)(3) organizations must provide a fiscal sponsor.
- Applicants must have local land manager endorsement
- Applicants must have local AAC Section endorsement

The AAC will not fund projects whose primary goals are land acquisition or fixed anchor replacements.

Pre-Application Information:

The AAC accepts applications every year between June 15 and August 15. Applicants will be advised on or before September 30.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application:

Applications and questions may be submitted to:
Grants Manager
Attn: Cornerstone Conservation Grant

The American Alpine Club
710 10th Street,
Golden, CO 80401


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