EOCA ENABLES EUROPEAN EXPANSION OF THE NORTH FACE EXPLORE FUND

The European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) is delighted to announce that it is working in partnership with The North Face (TNF) to support the brand’s grant funding programme for conservation projects in Europe.

The TNF Explore Fund aims to create access and drive equality in the outdoors by funding non-profit organisations around the themes of Enabling Exploration and Loving Wild Places. Having met with extraordinary success in the United States, the TNF Explore Fund is expanding its funding across Europe and has turned to EOCA to help find suitable conservation projects with a lasting legacy.

Julian Lings, CSR and Sustainability Manager for The North Face said, ”The Loving Wild Places part of the Explore Fund is all about valuing wild places for the mental and physical benefits they bring – and therefore protecting them and looking after them so that those opportunities are available for everyone, now and into the future.  We are thrilled to be working with EOCA to find some really exciting projects to fund.  The Association has been working in exactly this area for the last 13 years and its knowledge and experience in funding, assessing and managing this type of conservation work is invaluable.”

EOCA will be looking at organisations working in the UK, Germany and Italy and once projects have been shortlisted, The North Face employees in those countries will get involved in choosing which projects they would like to see funded.  Tanya Bascombe, Joint General Manager of EOCA added,” This is a fantastic opportunity to show what kinds of projects are out there, and to be asked to help The North Face in their search for their prestigious Explore Fund shows how well regarded the projects that EOCA funds are. The North Face automatically becomes a Summit Member of EOCA through its funding of the projects it chooses.  It has also generously signed up to become a Sustaining Member, thus helping to finance the running of the association, and we look forward to many more fruitful years of cooperation together”.N

About EOCA

The European Outdoor Conservation Association is an initiative from the European outdoor industry with the objective of protecting the wild areas it cares so passionately about.

Designed to harness the incredible power of the outdoor industry and to raise money to donate to grassroots conservation groups, the European Outdoor Conservation Association is funded by membership and other fundraising activities within the outdoor industry. 100% of membership fees go to the support of projects. Membership is open to anyone that can demonstrate an involvement in the European outdoor industry.

From January 2015, a select group of ‘Sustaining Members’ have pledged their support to EOCA by committing to fund the sustainable growth of the organisation with an extra €10,000 per year over and above their annual membership fee.  This money will be used to finance the running of the Association and support its sustainable growth, also enabling a move to 2 funding rounds per year.

The current EOCA Sustaining Members are Pertex, KEEN Footwear, The North Face Nikwax, ISPO and OutDoor by ISPO (Messe München), and the European Outdoor Group (EOG), which is also the Founder Member of the Association.