AAC offers Cornerstone Grants for climbing areas

Climbing in Denali National Park's Ruth Gorge. (Image: NPS)

Know of a climbing area that needs better infrastructure like toilets, signs, or trails? The American Alpine Club's Cornerstone Conservation Grant funds essential infrastructure at climbing areas.

Individuals or communities that see a need for local infrastructure can propose projects that will improve, conserve, and protect their climbing resources for years to come. This year, $25,000 in grants will go toward local projects. Grants range from $1,000 to $15,000, depending on the size and scope of project.

Previously, the AAC has funded projects like:

  • Fixed anchor improvement
  • New trails
  • Human waste management solutions
  • Parking
  • Signage

Funds also may be used in-part for training in conservation and sustainability practices. Applicants may be individual climbers on behalf of a local climbing organization, regional club, or public agency, an AAC Section or climbing group, or not-for-profit (501 (C)(3)) organization.

The most successful proposals will have substantial local climbing community support, show use of best practices, demonstrate a sustainability plan, and have measurable and achievable goals. Projects require a landowner partner and must show completion within 18 months. Only projects in the United States will be considered. All proposals must be endorsed by a local AAC Section.

The AAC Cornerstone Conservation Grant does not fund expedition travel, project overhead, salaries, land purchase, general maintenance, or research.

The Cornerstone Conservation Grant has grown out of a decade of American Alpine Club underwriting and volunteerism. Past AAC projects include new trails and human-waste management policies at Utah’s Castleton Tower and Indian Creek climbing areas, a new human-waste management system in Grand Teton National Park, new trails and waste-management systems in Rocky Mountain National Park’s Lumpy Ridge climbing area, and the Clean Mountain Can program on Denali.

How to Apply

The AAC is accepting applications now through August 15. Applicants will be advised on or before September 15, 2011.

Download Application: Cornerstone Grant (PDF/DOC)

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