The first batch of 35 organisations that have gained funding for Winter 2011 have been announced and TNF are now accepting applications for Summer 2012 projects. Applications need to be in by February 2012, and the successful projects will be announced on March 1st.
The highest number of applications for the Winter 2011 projects came from the UK (217); 24 were approved. Germany had 4 accepted initiatives, Italy and Poland 2 projects each. Belgium, Estonia and Sweden only presented 1 project each, but they will all receive financial support.
The complete list of the winning organisations is online here.
Simone Moro, Italian alpinist and TNF athlete is The North Face Explore Fund 'ambassador', and a member of the application review team.
He explains: We have been reviewing many projects, coming from many different parts of Europe. Some of them were very traditional, related to activities already integrated in the programs of well-tested organisations. Other projects seemed much more brave and innovative, inspired by a genuine spirit of exploration and in search of an authentic contact with the surrounding nature. These were the most interesting for us, as well as the projects involving kids living in difficult or poor conditions or from deprived areas. It hasn't been an easy job to choose among all the applications, but we have tried to be as objective and fair as possible.
Eric Pansier, Marketing Director of The North Face EMEA and member of the application review team, said: I am looking forward to see those first funded projects turned into action to helps kids, the future explorers, discover nature's playground.