After a successful first year The North Face Explore fund is back with $25K grants available for up to five groups in Aus or NZ.


In 2022 The North Face put together an Explore Fund Council for Australia and New Zealand and brought the Explore Fund to our shores. The program aims to increase equity in the outdoors, overcome barriers, and increase accessibility. We love it!

It works by supporting grassroots community groups who are making change at a community level.

This year there will be two main categories for entrants:

  • Creating a community of new explorers
  • Protecting the environment

As before, the Explore Fund Council will be deciding where the funding goes. The board includes a diverse range of outdoor lovers, including We Are Explorers contributor Chagi Weerasena.


The North Face Explore Fund Launches Down Under to Champion Equity in the Outdoors

Climbing QTs – an LGBTQ+ social climbing community who received a founding grant from the Explore Fund


Last year we saw so many fantastic applications to the Explore Fund that it made it a tough job for the Council members to decide,’ said Council Member and Team Athlete Duncan Brown.

Up to five successful applicants from Australia or New Zealand will be chosen, meaning a whopping $125,000 is up for grabs for changemaking organisations.

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Applications are now open and close on the 30th of September 2023.

The Council will look at the values and impact of each organisation as well as the plan for the project they’ll achieve with the help of $25,000.

It’s going to be competitive so make sure you check out the previous winners before jumping in.

Apply Now

Who won last year?

We Are Explorers was lucky enough to help launch the Explore Fund last year and Brooke Nolan interviewed each of the winners.

For Wild Places

A crew of passionate activists who combine trail running with actions to protect our environment.

Read the Interview


Helping underprivileged kids in New Zealand access the outdoors and build community through running.

Read the Interview

First Hike Project

Introducing young people with refugee backgrounds to the Australian bush.

Read the Interview