Wow! The KEEN Effect’s inaugural grant application period introduced us to tons of amazing organizations, stellar projects, and passionate folks from around the world who are dedicated to inspiring responsible outdoor participation and building strong communities! We received and reviewed over 600 applications from non-profits in 14 countries and were continually inspired and humbled as we read pages filled with passion and dedication.
This world is full of folks eager to make a difference. If we had our way, we would fund all of the applicants! In the KEEN Effect’s first year, 25 organizations will receive funding totaling $100,000 to bring their innovative projects to life.
Here they are… The KEEN Effect’s 25 inaugural grantees:
(5) $10k Grantees:
Environmental Traveling Companions – San Francisco, CA, USA
Living Lands and Waters – East Moline, IL, USA
Paddle Canada – Kingston, ON, Canada
The Sustainable Coastlines Charitable Trust – Auckland, New Zealand
Wilderness Volunteers – Salt Lake City, UT, USA
(20) $2.5k Grantees:
Adirondack Mountain Club – Lake Placid, NY, USA
ENVIRA, o.p.s – Prague, Czech Republic
Friends of Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary – Annapolis, MD, USA
Friends of Nature – Beijing, China
Friends of the Forest – Sedona, AZ, USA
Groundwork New Orleans – New Orleans, LA, USA
Mountain Studies Institute – Silverton, CO, USA
NW Outward Bound School – Troutdale, OR, USA
Open Space Alliance – Albuquerque, NM, USA
Oregon Natural Desert Association – Bend, OR, USA
Outfit Moray – Lossiemouth Moray, Great Britain
Outside Las Vegas Foundation – Las Vegas, NV, USA
Palmetto Conservation Foundation – Columbia, SC, USA
Rabbit Island Foundation – New York, NY, USA
Raccoon Creek Partnership – Athens, OH, USA
The Elizabeth River Project – Portsmouth, VA, USA
Tonu Jurgensoni Matkaklubi – Tartu, Estonia
Urban Ecology Center – Milwaukee, WI, USA
Vermont Works for Women – Winooski, VT, USA
Whitefish Legacy Partners – Whitefish, MT, USA
Distributed amongst six countries, these organizations are already doing great things! We are thrilled to see the effects of the KEEN Effect in the months and years to come. Below is just a sampling of the wonderful groups we are excited to be apart of:
From left to right: The Sustainable Coastlines Charitable Trust (New Zealand), Oregon Natural Desert Association (OR, USA), Wilderness Volunteers (UT, USA), Outfit Moray (Great Britain), and Living Lands and Waters (IL, USA)! Cover Photo: Outside Las Vegas Foundation (NV, USA).
A huge thanks to the entire KEEN Effect community! All of the applicants blew us away! We encourage all of you to check back in at www.keeneffect.com in the fall of 2014 for another round of KEEN Effect fun!