Hydro Flask have this week announced the recipients of its 2020 Parks For All charitable giving programme. Hydro Flask will be donating $501,400 in grants to sixteen nonprofit organisations whose missions align with building, maintaining, restoring or providing better access to public green spaces globally. Projects range from trail maintenance to education for children through the outdoors, to protecting oceans and beaches from plastic pollution.
Launched in 2017, the Parks For All charitable programme supports the development, maintenance and accessibility of public green spaces across the globe allowing people to live healthier, happier and more fulfilled lives. The programme aims to ensure these special places get the attention and protection they deserve through ground activities, digital and advocay initiatives and social media campaigns.
To date, Parks For All has supported 92 non-profits, given over $1,500,000 in cash grants and donated more than 26,000 bottles.
As an active member of several movements in the past few years, including Protect Our Winers UK and Trash Free Trails, along with a member to such non-profits such as Surfers Against Sewage and Mountain Rescue, I’m excited to see brands putting their hand in their pocket and contributing. It squarely puts the emphasis on seeking groups that share the same values, that compliment one another, rather than buy ‘X’ and we will donate 5 cent to ‘Y’. For me, this therefore has less to do with consumers purchasing special edition products (that can run into higher costs) and more the people in a company putting money aside and giving back.
In Europe, the Parks For All programme is awarding $50,000 in grants to two organisations:
- UK: Surfers Against Sewage ($25,000)
- UK: Lake District Foundation ($25,000)
“The 2020 grants are an indication of our continued efforts to make an impact through our partnerships in the realm of building, restoring, maintaining and increasing access and education around parks,” said Indigo Teiwes, Senior Corporate Responsibility Magager for Hydro Flask. “In less than three years, Hydro Flask has now given over $1.5 million in grants through Parks For All. Our staff is so proud of the work being done through these granteees and is excited to see these efforts carried forward into 2020 and beyond through this new round of grants.”
Sufers Against Sewage
UK charity, Surfers Against Sewage, was established in 1990 to protect oceans, beaches, waves and wildlife. The second year Hydro Flask will be supporting the cause, the $25,000 grant will be put towards training their incredible network of Regional Rep volunteers. Hugo Tagholm, Chief Executive of Surfers Against Sewage said: “We’re delighted to be working with Hydro Flask through the Parks For All scheme again in 2020. Their support in 2019 enabled us to deliver fantastic training for our volunteers, ensuring we have an incredible network of trained Regional Representatives caring for the marine environment throughout the UK.”
SAS will use the grant to inspire, unite and empower dynamic leaders across the UK to lead conservation activities and campaigns.
Lake District Foundation
The Lake District National Park is home to England’s highest mountains and deepest meres so it’s no wonder the area sees 20 million visitors per year! To maintain this area for enjoyment now and into the future, the Fix the Fells project will utilise a $25,000 grant from Parks For All to deliver upland footpath repair throughout the National Park. Learn more about the www.lakedistrictfoundation.org.
Now you may have guessed over the years I am obsessed with the Lake District. It, like the Highlands of Scotland, have felt like home since the first day inhaled the mountain air, laying eyes on majestic endless vistas. Having lived in the Lakes briefly know how busy the fells get in summer and funds are needed to maintain the fells and prevent mass erosion on popular routes.
All of this is genuinely exciting and I look forward to seeing the fruits of this money come the end of the year.
The Parks For All charitable programme has also given grants to nine US national grantees and four nationally focused organisations:
- National Park Trust: Buddy Bison School Programme ($50,000)
- Trust for Public Land*: Development of Cook Park in Atlanta’s historic Vine City neighborhood and the Community Impact Fund ($50,000)
- Appalachian Trail Conservancy*: Appalachian Trail Watershed Conservation Education and Access Protection ($30,000)
- International Bicycling Association: Trail Accelerator Grant Program ($50,000)
- Rails-to-Trails Conservancy: Great American Rail-Trail™ Development ($50,000)
- Latino Outdoors*: Vamos Outdoors (Let’s Go Outdoors): Increasing Park Access through the Empowerment of Underrepresented Communities and Investment in Outdoor Leadership ($30,000)
- Pacific Crest Trail Association*: Trail Adopters Volunteer Program ($40,000)
- Living Lands & Waters: Illinois, Mississippi, and Ohio Rivers Shoreline Restoration ($30,000)
- Outdoor Foundation: Thrive Outside Community Initiative ($50,000)
- Canyon Country Discovery Center (Utah) ($15,000)
- Downtown Detroit Partnership (Michigan) ($15,000)
- Glen Canyon Conservancy (Arizona) ($11,416)
- Rock Creek Conservancy (Washington, D.C.) ($15,000)
* denotes repeat grantee beneficiaries
Two projects close to my heart and a brand doing some good.
To find out more about the Surfers Against Sewage or Fix the Fells, click the names.
To find out more about Hydro Flask, click here.
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