Washington, D.C. – Outdoor Nation, the youth-led movement championing the outdoors, announced the opening of its 2011 Outdoor Nation activation grants, which will provide a total of $50,000 in funding for 20 projects. Outdoor Nation grants will be awarded to young leaders ages 18 to 28 who are committed to connecting other young people to America’s natural and cultural heritage through outdoor experiences. The grants, made possible by the National Park Service’s Rivers, Trails, Conservation Assistance Program, will support the goals of the America’s Great Outdoors initiative, launched by President Obama in 2011.
“We are very proud to invest in young leaders and help bring their innovative ideas to life,” said Chris Fanning, executive director of the Outdoor Foundation, the organization that oversees Outdoor Nation. “This seed money empowers young adults to tackle some of the many challenges facing their generation, from a population’s apathy to the outdoors to a community’s declining health.”
Outdoor Nation grants continue the momentum of the 2011 Summer Youth Summits, which brought young leaders together in a weekend forum to address the growing disconnect between youth and the outdoors. During each regional Summit, young people discussed regional issues and brainstormed project ideas that strengthen America’s connection to outdoor spaces.
Winning projects will remove barriers to outdoor participation, make the outdoors relevant to today’s young people and ultimately engage more young people in the outdoors. Each community-based, youth-led project will involve the National Park Service and support America’s Great Outdoors, which aims to shape a conservation and recreation agenda for the 21st Century and reconnect Americans, especially children, with nature. Projects will run from the Fall of 2011 and run through the Summer of 2012.
Applications for 2011 Outdoor Nation grants are being accepted online through October 14, 2011. The winning projects will be announced on November 14, 2011. In addition to Outdoor Nation grants, the Outdoor Foundation manages the North Face Explore Fund grants and will announce more grants in the throughout the Fall. For more details on all grant opportunities, please visit www.outdoornation.org/grants.
Outdoor Nation is an initiative of The Outdoor Foundation and was founded with initial support from The North Face, Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, The REI Foundation, The Conservation Fund and the National Park Service.
About The Outdoor Foundation
The Outdoor Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and growing future generations of outdoor enthusiasts. Through groundbreaking research, action oriented outreach, and education programs, the Foundation works with partners to mobilize a major cultural shift that leads all Americans to the great outdoors. In 2010, the Foundation launched Outdoor Nation, a pioneering initiative that aims to empower youth to champion the outdoors on campuses and in communities across the United States. For more information visit: www.outdoorfoundation.org and www.outdoornation.org.