In an effort to grow women’s opportunity and participation on the trails, Trail Sisters in partnership with The North Face has created the Childcare Grant.
We know from having listened to so many of you, how hard it can be to find the time to get outside while managing all that moms do.
While we can never underestimate the importance of being there for your family, we know that sometimes being the best for your family means also taking care of YOU!
While it’s only a small gesture we hope that if awarded a grant, you can put this money towards childcare* and enjoy some ME TIME out on the trails.
* Learn about what counts as childcare
Ten grants of $400 will be awarded twice per year (totaling 20), including a The North Face Backpack and a gear kit from Trail Sisters. Additional grants may be added based on community donations! Your financial support in its entirety will go straight to additional applicants in need. Help us create more opportunities with additional grants by donating today.
I feel truly alive when I am outdoors. I have learned about my strength and abilities through lessons on the rocks, roots, and dirt under my feet. I've learned how to fall, literally and figuratively, and developed the grit to continue to rise. Most importantly, I've learned how to breathe; to drink in the air and to hold onto the moments before they vanish. Volunteering at trail races and collaborating with local land trusts with my impressionable daughter has allowed me to help her discover the gift the land around us is.
During the isolation and overwhelm of parenting two babies while working from home during a global pandemic, I started hiking through the trails close to my house in an effort to find some peace and calm. I slowly started running those same trails and found my local Trail Sisters group. The peace and joy I've found trail running makes me a better mother. Being in the outdoors and gaining back confidence in myself gives me more patience and ability to be calm with my daughters.
When my children were infants, we spent most of our time inside. As they have got older, their love for being outdoors has re-fostered my love for being outdoors. When we are outside we are able to just be and explore.
I've absolutely loved the outdoors ever since I was a little girl. There is something special, almost magical about being among the trees with the dirt beneath my feet. One of the things I promised myself, was that I'd take Astrid outside as much as possible. Luckily we have several paved trail systems nearby that allow for a jogging stroller. I love that we are able to be out in the sun enjoying its rays together. Being outdoors has also been an escape for when things get to be a bit too much. Other days all I need is a walk to think things through or to unwind and just enjoy the beauty around me.
I use the outdoors as time for myself, time to process, connect with my mom and dad. It has given me friends and community. It also shows my boys the love of running that I learned from my mom, and I can model doing something healthy for myself. It has given me space to practice mindfulness and to listen to my body. Without it, I don't know where I'd be. The outdoors has been a big part of my mom-life, taking my kids camping, hiking, biking, swimming, and road trips.
Time spent in the mountains running, renews my spirit every time. I cannot always travel to run, but there are nearby trails that will lift my soul in only 10 minutes. The energy of the trails is healing. I've needed more healing than usual lately, and I'm grateful for the spiritual connection that I have with the outdoors.
I love being outdoors and it's the place I feel most whole. The days where I'm able to be outside and have those moments to myself are when I'm also a better and more patient Mom. I have always had a relationship with nature that has evolved over time. I turned to trail running last year as a way to navigate the difficult waiting process that comes with adoption. I found Trail Sisters, and as a result, signed up for a 50k which was a huge coping tool for me as we navigated the adoption process.
I love being outside. I try to spend as much time outside as I can, and am relearning what that looks like with a little one in tow. I enjoy small outings like a walk around the block and big adventures like camping/hiking/running in the pacific NW. My body needs the stress release of running the trails, and I can tell when I haven't been able to find the time for myself.
The outdoors are a haven for me. When I am stressed, I imagine myself running on the Wildwood Trail. That is my happy place, my therapy, and my health. I love backpacking, camping, hiking, snowshoeing, and spelunking. The more adventurous, the better. Whenever I make it out, I come back feeling rejuvenated. I wish I was able to get out more, but my responsibilities can make that difficult.
The outdoors has always played an important part in my life. I have a BS in Environmental Education and know that the natural world has a huge impact on my mental health. I need snowflakes falling on my face and mountain views. I need quiet time in the trees and meaningful conversations with friends as we run trails and hop rivers. The outdoors helps me put life in perspective and find calm moments to reset. That space allows me to be a better version of myself and a more tolerant, fun, and present mom.
Childcare can be anything including the following and more; traditional daycare services, buying your parents a gift card or meal for watching your kid(s), hiring your next door neighbor as a babysitter, or even putting the dollars toward your family traveling with you to a bucket list race.
Also, we support the use of funds to purchase a baby-carrier or similar device so your child can accompany your adventures.
We do ask that you clearly state how you intend to use funds in your application.
Grant applications will be reviewed by representatives from Trail Sisters and The North Face. We intend to award a diverse group of moms with applications that resonate and make clear that they will use the funds towards childcare or efforts to help with childcare. We welcome moms who run or hike, and from all experience levels, paces, and backgrounds.
The first group of ten grant awardees will be announced the first week of July.
Applications not selected will roll forward for the second selection. The deadline for application submission is September 30th. The second group of ten grant awardees* will be announced in late October.
Dependent on community donations, the second selection may award more than ten grant recipients.
Donations provided by our community through the form on this page will go directly back into the Childcare Grant.
By making a donation you are contributing directly to the grant. If you would like to support Trail Sisters we suggest visiting our store!
Unfortunately, it is not. Trail Sisters LLC is not a non-profit entity, so while we can ensure that your proceeds are used only for the grant, the donation is not tax-deductable. Hopefully this does not hold you back from contributing, as your donation makes a bigger impact than you may realize.
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When submitting your application you are agreeing to allow Trail Sisters & The North Face to share information from your application. Please provide answers that you are comfortable sharing publicly. Other than that, awardees will receive a request for their photo.
Due to legal issues the Childcare Grant is available to USA residents only.
Thank you for your understanding. We wish this wasn’t the case.
Help provide opportunities for more women to adventure outdoors.
If you can relate and want to pay it forward this is a great opportunity. Not all moms have the support they need. We hope to share the power of Trail Sisters with those who need a boost.
Donations will be used in full for grant awardees less transaction processing fees. Trail Sisters LLC will take no management fee to run the grant.
The 2021 Childcare Grant received a total of 374 submissions and $1,845 in additional donations! With the increased financial aid, Trail Sisters and The North Face were able to award 41 women a $150 grant! A big thank you to all those who donated!
Though we wish we could award everyone a grant, Trail Sisters and The North Face are happy to help the folks that we can and are looking forward to providing more aid to moms in the future.
If you’d like to submit an application for a grant or you’d like to donate, scroll up!