AAC Cornerstone Conservation Grant

American Alpine Club

Grant amount: US $1,000 - US $8,000

Next anticipated deadline: Jun 15, 2019

Later anticipated deadlines: Aug 15, 2019

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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The AAC's Cornerstone Conservation grant powered by REI creates healthy climbing landscapes, promotes respect for the places we climb, and empowers local climbing communities.

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.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Cornerstone grants are for US-based Local Climbing Organizations.
  • 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
    • Have local land manager endorsement
    • Have local AAC Section endorsement
    • Have a realistic budget
    • Utilize matching agency, local funds or Access Fund grant money


  • For this year, we are not funding projects whose primary goal is land acquisition or fixed anchor replacement. We do believe that these projects have a valuable contribution for the climbing community and may be able to support them in other ways including the joint Access Fund / AAC Anchor Replacement Fund.

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