AAC Cornerstone Conservation Grant

American Alpine Club

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

Anticipated deadline: Aug 15, 2020

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:



The AAC Cornerstone Conservation Grant, powered by REI, formally launched in 2011 with the goal of funding projects to improve, conserve, and protect local climbing resources across the country. Since that first year, we have awarded nearly $205,000 to local climbing organizations (LCOs), land managers and agencies, nonprofits, and individuals 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

As we look ahead to the future of climbing and the availability of outdoor recreation opportunities for all, our Cornerstone Conservation Grant represents our commitment to supporting local climbing communities in their conservation and restoration initiatives. 

More individuals, families, and groups are spending time in climbing areas and landscapes, causing added environmental stress and degradations to these places. We look to local climbing communities to identify areas in need of conservation, restoration, and educational resources for visitors. Our goals for Cornerstone remain the same: create healthy climbing landscapes, promote respect for the places we climb, and empower local climbing communities. We look forward to supporting your project!

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

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, 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


  • We do not fund projects whose primary goal is land acquisition or fixed anchor replacement.