Liberated Paths Grantmaking Program

Building a More Just and Sustainable Outdoor and Environmental Movement Together

What is the Liberated Paths approach?

With the Liberated Paths Grantmaking Program, we are working to create a more just and sustainable outdoor and environmental movement. The Liberated Paths Grantmaking Program aims to shift resources to and build power with Black, Indigenous, and Communities of Color. 

Liberated Paths support looks like: 

  • Relationship-driven and trust-based support.
  • Multi-year grants of $1,000 to $20,000 per year when possible.
  • Long-term, deep engagement in financial, operational, and fundraising capacity building.
  • Network building with a cohort of grantees to facilitate shared learning and systems-level changes. 
  • Eligibility that is not hinged on organization size, ability to do impact reporting, or 501(c)(3) status.
  • Support for organizations and initiatives of all sizes and in all stages of their development.
  • Prioritized funding for organizations and initiatives led by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.

Click here to learn more about applying

Click here to learn about becoming an early investor in the fund

Why did Youth Outside create this program? 

Now more than ever, our communities’ health and wellbeing depend on having access to the outdoors and a voice in how our land and water are used. But for decades, systemic racism has determined who is welcome in outdoor spaces and whose experiences and voices are valued. Black, Indigenous, and People of Color-led organizations are on the frontlines of the grassroots work being done to build a better planet but our work is chronically overlooked and underfunded. 

We know that when our voices are left out, our communities suffer, and our planet does too. With the Liberated Paths Grantmaking Program, we envision a way to bridge that gap. 

Who is eligible?

Grantees are rooted within their communities, with the lived experience they need to understand what approaches will work the best for their communities. We support leaders of color to design and lead the types of joyful outdoor experiences and environmental efforts that are most meaningful to them and their communities. 

Your work is eligible for funding if: 

  • You are working in one of these geographies: Arizona, New Mexico, and/or the Pacific coast of Oregon and/or Washington.
  • For work in Arizona and New Mexico: Your work is focused on the intersection of communities of color and the environment.
  • For work on the Pacific Coast of Oregon and/or Washington: Your work is focused on the intersection of communities of color and the environment, with specific attention to the ocean, marine conservation, and/or the coast.
  • Note: You do not need to have a 501(c)(3)status or be fiscally sponsored to apply for a grant.

The Liberated Paths Grantmaking Program will prioritize:

  • Organizations or projects led by and serving Black, Indigenous, and/or Communities of Color.
  • Organizations or projects with an annual budget of less than $1 million.
  • Organizations or projects that have limited relationships with and/or funding streams from the larger philanthropic community.

Apply now

We are offering individualized support through the application process and are accepting application materials in a variety of formats to make the process as accessible as possible. Click here to learn more about how to complete the application. Applications are due by 11:59PM PST on Monday, October 5, 2020.

Please contact our team at or (510) 839-0731 if you have any questions or if you’d like support with your application. We are here to help!