All smiles, a child helps an adult climb a woodland tree.

Connecting people outside

Supporting organizations led by and serving Black and Indigenous communities; people of color; LGBTQ+ community; people with physical disabilities; and women through connections to the outdoors. Prioritizing organizations that are leveraging the outdoors as a tool for equity, healing and joy, social justice, civic action, youth development, or creativity. 

Explore our current grantees

New grantee partners are announced each spring and fall.

All grants shown below are a minimum of $50,000.

Silhouetted against a sunlit desert face, a climber suspended midair in a bosun's chair ascends a cliff.
Adaptive Adventures
Group of cyclers on two wheel and recumbent trikes exploring a bike path.
All Out Adventures
A diverse group of kids in the outdoors holding an Atabey Outdoors flag
Atabey Outdoors
Two cyclists smile at the camera after finishing a Black Girls Do Bike ride.
Black Girls Do Bike
Before the start of their event, a group of runners pause on sunny morning in the park holding a Black Girls Run banner.
Black Girls RUN! Foundation
Three people jump in a field with mountains in the background
Black Outside
Four black men smiling as they cross a foot bridge while hiking in the woods.
Boyz N The Wood
Eleven men and women of color dressed in fishing gear with fishing poles, smiling for the camera.
Brown Folks Fishing
Three people in a surfing lesson on the beach
Brown Girl Surf
A woman climbing a wall at an indoor climbing gym
Catalyst Sports
Hands on hip in front of the US capitol building, a youth wears a tee shirt that reads Strong, Resilient, Indigenous.
Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute
A group of Lakota youth standing with two elders in front of a white Tipi
Cheyenne River Youth Project
At a city park, children happily sift through dirt in search of nature's secrets.
Children & Nature Network
A group of seven kids sitting on large rocks pose for the camera
City Kids Wilderness
A group of black youth exploring the outdoors.
A diverse group of students smiling, standing in a field surrounded by a lush green hillside.
Environmental Learning for Kids
A group of 11 people pose for the camera on a wooded trail
Jumping for joy and clicking their heels, a goups of friends celebrate exploring the outdoors.
Fresh Tracks at the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions
A young hiker leads the way on a sunny hike in the hills.
A young man in a green shirt smiles
Greening Youth Foundation
A group of five HBCU students dressed in warm clothing, jumping in front of a barn.
HBCUs Outside
A diverse group of seven college-aged people standing in front of a boat storage room.
Hudson River Riders
A group of people, wearing masks, stand at the end of a dock over the water
Justice Outside
A group of seven diverse youth standing next to a rain barrel smiling in front of La Plazita Gardens.
La Plazita Institute
Wearing masks, a group of trail hikers holding a banner that reads Latino Outdoors pause for a afternoon photo op on a wooden bridge.
Latino Outdoors
A man smiles as he scales a wall in a climbing gym
Memphis Rox
Four young native youth smiling white sitting on surfboards in the ocean.
Native Like Water
Six Native women smiling in front of red sedimentary rock.
Native Womens Wilderness
Pausing at the base of a waterfall, a group of happy hikers hold an Outdoor Afro banner.
Outdoor Afro
A group of approximately two dozen people smiling on a trail overlook
Outdoor Asian
Two people alpine skiing, one using a bi-ski
Outdoors for All
Outdoor Outreach Image
Outdoor Outreach
A group of ten diverse youth smiling toward camera while hiking New Army Pass.
Outward Bound Adventures
A diverse group of ten queer youth smiling while holding taxidermied birds.
Queer Nature
A large group of mountain biking youth taking a dusty path in front of an Arizona mountain range.
Under sunny skies, a group of alpine hikers stand at the summit holding a sign that reads Mount Ida, twelve thousand, eight hundred and twenty five feet.
The Venture Out Project
A man rides an adaptive bicycle on a wooded trail
Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports
Against a backdrop of verdant woodland, a group of friends smile broadly for a mid-hike photo op.
Wild Diversity
A large group of Native people standing in a circle under a partly cloudy Montana sky in front of large boulders.
Yellow Bird Life Ways

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The treetop view of early autumn yellow and green leaves.
Creating Space Outside
A youngster practices their handstand in a city park.
Centering Health Outside

Time outside is a human right

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The REI Cooperative Action Fund is a 501(c)(3) public charity. 100% of donations from the general public are invested in grantees. Donations are tax deductible within the guidelines of U.S. law. Learn more in our FAQs.