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.
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!