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The Climb Fund is a collaboration with UpaDowna to provide local climbing opportunities for residents of the Pikes Peak region who have the desire to pursue a climbing adventure, but do not have the financial means. The Climb Fund provides funding to individuals and groups including schools and nonprofits.

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Thank you to those organizations and businesses who have provided monetary support to the Climb Fund. Without their generous donations, the Climb Fund would not be here today!

Grant Eligibility

The goal of the Climb Fund is to provide local climbing opportunities for residents of Colorado
Springs and its nearby surrounding areas who have a desire, but not the financial means to climb.

Eligbility for Groups:

  • Local non-profits who want to experience climbing in the Pikes Peak region and have beliefs in alignment with our mission of empowering individuals, creating healthier communities, and fostering a respect for the environment.
  • Groups and individuals of all ages and abilities.

Eligibility for Individuals:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Meets one or more of the following factors:
    • New to climbing or a beginner climber.
    • Encountering financial barriers to access education and/or opportunities to climb.
    • Has personal goal to achieve a new adventure and desire to continue to grow climbing skills after the class.
    • Seeking financial assistance to participate in an UpaDowna sponsored climbing event (optional).

Priorities for funding:

  • Priority will be given to local non-profit organizations and schools with financial need.
  • Priority will be given to those who can contribute a portion of the cost in order to help the Climb Fund aid more people.

How to apply:

  • Applications are considered on a rolling basis. For best results, please submit your application at least 60 days before the proposed climbing event.
  • Please contact the climbing gym/organization of your choice BEFORE applying to ensure they are available for the date, they can accomodate your group size you are considering, and to receive an estimate of costs. You will be asked to disclose exact costs on the the application. You are responsible for making any deposits/downpayments for your event until funding is approved and dispersed.
  • Complete application and email your application to Missing information will delay application review.
  • A representative of the Climb Fund Board will contact you within two weeks of applying. You may be invited to apply again if funding is not immediately available.
  • If you do receive funding, you agree to the following. While this is on the honor system, failure to do
    so may result in denial of future funding requests.

    • Give back to the community as part of the “pay it forward” agreement, within one month of
      the activity date.
    • Complete Post-Awardal Survey sent 1-month following climbing event.

What the Climb Fund does NOT cover:

  • Equipment purchase
  • Climbing parties
  • Scholarships to colleges or universities
  • Food/drinks
  • Travel Expenses
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