USA Climbing is now accepting applications for its “Transformation Grant.” According to the organization, these program grants, through the USA Climbing Foundation and ranging from $5,000 to $20,000, are made to programs working “to make the transformative power of climbing accessible and inclusive in the U.S.” This includes recipient programs which “increase access, diversity, and inclusiveness in sport climbing,” as well as educate athletes, coaches, parents and routesetters.
According to the USA Climbing website, grant applicants must be USA Climbing members and can apply on behalf of their program in an individual or gym capacity. Factors that will weigh in any applicant’s favor include the program being active and “at least partially funded through other sources,” as well as a likelihood of the program “serving as a model for other communities.”
Current SafeSport training is required for all persons associated with an applicant program (“who will begin a position of authority over, or who will have regular contact with any athlete.”) Also, eventual grant recipients must agree to submit a brief video showcasing the “impact of the grant” on their program.
The deadline for applications is February 28. More information, including additional requirements and the application itself, can be found here.
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