WASHINGTON, August 11, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Together Outdoors (TO) Coalition, an initiative dedicated to promoting equity and inclusion in all aspects of outdoor recreation, is pleased to announce a new grant program designed to help frontline organizations to support their efforts to build a more accessible, welcoming outdoor ecosystem. This program is made possible thanks to the fundamental and multi-year support of TO, in addition to TO’s overall efforts THOR Industries, with support from Winnebago Industries for this grant opportunity.

“Funding from the first pilot round of our grants program will go directly to frontline, grassroots and organizations working to make the outdoors more accessible and welcoming,” said Gerry Seavo James, TO Coalition Lead. “This grant program embodies exactly what Together Outdoors was founded to do – to help create an environment where all people have access to inviting outdoor recreation experiences, and we look forward to expanding these efforts in the future.”

Funding priorities:

  • Research + Resources – Financial support for the development of effective research and resource tools on inclusion in nature (i.e. toolkits, educational resources, audio and video resources, language translations, etc.).
  • Activating Change Outdoors – Outdoor recreation programs, events and leadership development initiatives that benefit communities of color and intersecting minority groups.

“At THOR, our goal is to inspire and empower everyone to go anywhere. stay anywhere. Our family of companies offers a comprehensive range of RVs and travel essentials to connect people with nature and each other,” he shared Bob Martin, THOR President and CEO. “In support of Together Outdoors’ mission to break down barriers to inclusion in the great outdoors, THOR is honored to empower frontline organizations striving to cultivate the necessary change that enables everyone to go anywhere and stay anywhere.”

This is TO’s first scholarship program. The first pilot round offers $25,000 in funding focused on organizations with revenue below $100,000 led by or serving a majority constituency, communities of color and/or intersecting minority groups. Applications will be reviewed by members of the Together Outdoors Advisory and Governance Council and must be submitted by no later than 05.09.2022 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Bonuses are paid 09/302022.

In the first year of the program, projects must be in one of the following 27 states or territories to be eligible for the grant: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Delaware, District of ColumbiaFlorida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, new York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, Texas, US Virgin Islands, West Virginia, & Virginia. Future rounds of this scholarship program are open to nationwide applicants.

“At Winnebago Industries, we help our customers discover the outdoor lifestyle by providing them with exceptional mobile experiences in travel, life, work and play. We are excited to extend our support to grassroots organizations working to break down barriers and create inclusive outdoor spaces,” said Jil Littlejohn BostickHead of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Winnebago Industries.

Written or video submissions will be accepted. Information on the schedule, eligibility and how to submit an application can be found here. If you have any questions or problems, please contact us at [email protected].

Together Outdoors is an initiative under the auspices of the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) that promotes an environment where all people have access to inviting 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 premier coalition of outdoor recreation trade associations representing the $689 billion outdoor recreation economy. ORR focuses on the growth of outdoor leisure by creating a better environment for the sustainable growth of outdoor leisure businesses and driving a broader understanding of the value of the outdoor leisure economy. Our membership includes members of national outdoor trade associations, corporations, nonprofits and universities serving more than 110,000 businesses and America’s boating, fishing, RV, biking, hiking, camping, hunting, ATV, diving -, equestrian and ski communities represent many more.

THOR INDUSTRIES is the sole owner of operating companies that collectively represent the world’s largest manufacturer of recreational vehicles.

Winnebago Industries, Inc. is a leading North American manufacturer of outdoor lifestyle products under the Winnebago, Grand Design, Chris-Craft, Newmar and Barletta, mainly used for leisure travel and outdoor leisure activities. The company builds quality RVs, trailers, fifth wheels, pontoons, inboard/outboard and sterndrive motor boats, and commercial share vehicles. Winnebago Industries has several facilities in Iowa, Indiana, Minnesotaand Florida. The Company’s common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and trades under the symbol WGO.

SOURCE Together outdoors; Round table for outdoor recreation