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Together Outdoors Announces Awardees for Grants to Foster a more Accessible and Welcoming Outdoors

$54,000 in grants awarded to frontline outdoor recreation initiatives across the country

WASHINGTON, Oct. 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Together Outdoors (TO), a coalition of more than 100 outdoor recreation organizations committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the outdoors, announced the nine recipients of its pilot round of grants today. 84 proposals requesting a total of $775,000 were submitted for this inaugural grant cycle from a broad range of inclusion-focused initiatives designed to build a more accessible and welcoming outdoor ecosystem. The grant process had the added benefit of highlighting how large the need is to foster more accessible and welcoming outdoor spaces. Funding for the grant program is made possible by contributions from partner organizations including THOR Industries, Airstream, and Winnebago Industries Foundation. Airstream generously added another $25,000, more than doubling grant funding to $54,000 during this cycle.

"We couldn't be more pleased to provide this support for Together Outdoors. The involvement of Airstream and THOR Industries goes back to the very conception of TO, and in addition to the considerable seed money that THOR provided to establish the program, this additional funding from Airstream will allow TO to make more grants to drive awareness and inclusion in ways that benefit all.  And we hope that our support will spur others to do the same in our efforts to promote more diversity in outdoor spaces," said Bob Wheeler, President and CEO of Airstream.

This round's grantees, all working in unique ways to encourage outdoor participation, include:

Together Outdoors looks forward to cultivating, expanding, and sharing the lessons learned about equity and inclusion in philanthropy from this grant process with our coalition and beyond. We already have commitments for Round Two of this grant to roll out next year. TO hopes you follow this program and our grantee's progress as we provide updates on their efforts moving forward. For more information on how TO is working to make the outdoors welcoming for everyone subscribe to our True North newsletter or visit Togetheroutdoors.com.

View release on TogetherOutdoors.com.

Together Outdoors is an initiative administered under the auspices of ORR that nurtures an environment where all people have access to welcoming outdoor recreation experiences. We pursue this work through engagement, partnership and education across all segments of the outdoor community.

Outdoor Recreation Roundtable is the nation's leading coalition of outdoor recreation trade associations representing the $689 billion outdoor recreation economy. ORR focuses on the growth of outdoor recreation by building a better environment for the sustainable growth of outdoor recreation businesses and driving a broader understanding of the value of the outdoor recreation economy. Our membership includes national outdoor trade association members, business entities, nonprofit organizations, and universities ? serving more than 110,000 businesses and representing America's boating, fishing, RVing, biking, hiking, camping, hunting, ATVing, diving, horseback, and skiing communities among many more.  

SOURCE Together Outdoors; Outdoor Recreation Roundtable

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