FtC is helping prAna let you know they have a terrific $5,000 Explorer Grant open through April 30th, 2017! The grant an appeal to 501c3 nonprofit organizations and more great news, they will award 12 of these to those that best fit the goals and criteria of the grant program. What might those be, you wonder?
As prAna sees it: “Many young people — especially minorities in underserved communities — don’t participate in outdoor activities due to lack of awareness, access and resources…” they believe “that engaging young people through ongoing outdoor activities is key to developing a lifetime love for the outdoors and becoming a recreation enthusiast.”
The specific grants are US based (this time) and focused on the states of Minnesota (Endina), California (Manhattan Beach, San Diego & San Francisco/Palo Alto), Colorado (Denver/Boulder) and one of FtC’s favorite states Oregon (Portland).
A few more words from the organizers of the grant program, why you may wonder are they allocating these small dollar grants?
“prAna recognizes that local grant programs often can make a huge difference. The prAna Explorer Grant program will award 12 grants of $5,000 each to give organizations the resources and funding needed to bring innovative ideas to life and build sustainable partnerships that will ensure continuous outdoor recreation program offerings. Projects should engage underserved youth and encourage a passion for more outdoor adventures. As a result of positive, consistent exposure to outdoor activities, participants should become more comfortable with and aware of local outdoor play opportunities and learn how to self-organize outdoor happenings in the future.”
prAna and the Outdoor Foundation collaborated on the requirements and criteria of the grant program. Here’s where you can find the Outdoor Foundation, note BeaverTheodosakis, founder of prAna serves as Outdoor Foundation’s treasurer.
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