MTN DEW Doubles Outdoor Grants & Awards $200,000 to Nonprofits

MountainDew® Doubles Outdoor Grants & Awards $200,000 to Nonprofits

MTN DEW Doubles Outdoor Grants & Awards $200,000 to Nonprofits

As part of the MTN DEW Outdoor Grants program, MTN DEW awarded 40 $5,000 grants ($200,000 in total) to nonprofit organizations that champion the great American outdoors. The grants program kicked off in October 2021 and encouraged DEW Nation and local nonprofits to submit nominations.

Grant winners demonstrate extraordinary efforts to preserve the outdoors and create access for people to get outside to do what they love. With a heritage steeped in the great outdoors, MTN DEW has long committed to protecting the lands we love and has contributed over $1.25 million in donations to date.

Congratulations to the 40 winners of the 2021 MTN DEW Outdoor Grants Program! The winning organizations include:

Access Illinois Outdoors (Pittsfield, IL) : Promotes outdoor-based recreation and tourism, and serves as the fiscal sponsor of the Pike County Economic Development Corporation
Association for the Preservation of the Eno River Valley, Inc. (Durham, NC): Conserves and protects the natural, historical and cultural resources of the Eno River Basin
Billings TrailNet (Billings, MT): Supports the development of multiuse trails in and around the Billings community
Bolsa Chica Conservancy (Huntington Beach, CA): Inspires and connects all generations through community involvement, interpretation and science-based education in wetland ecosystems, watersheds, coastal ecology and environmental conservation
Borderlands Restoration Network (Patagonia, AZ): Rebuilds healthy ecosystems, restores habitats, and reconnects border communities to the land through shared learning
Camp PossAbility, Inc. (Fort Wayne, IN): Gives adults (aged 18-40) with traumatic spinal cord injuries a week of Community, Adaptation, Medical Respite & Partnership (CAMP)
CCC Foundation (Beverly Hills, CA): Advances the education, training, leadership development, personal growth and career opportunities of the CCC corps members, while simultaneously protecting and enhancing California’s natural resources
Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (Atlanta, GA): Protects and restores the Chattahoochee River Basin for future generations through advocacy, monitoring, trash removal projects and much more
Clean River Partners (Northfield, MN):Protects Minnesota’s waters by working with a vast array of partners to ensure long-term conservation of freshwater ecosystems
Florida’s Nature Coast Conservancy, Inc. (Cedar Key, FL): Unites the community in conserving environmentally critical lands and providing outdoor recreational opportunities for generations to come
Fontenelle Forest (Bellevue, NE): Provides critical access to nature with more than 2,100 acres of land and 24 miles of hiking trails
Friends of Sky Meadows State Park (Delaplane, VA):Conserves, enhances and interprets the natural, scenic, historic and cultural resources of Sky Meadows State Park
Friends of the Betsie Valley Trail (Beulah, MI): Fosters the development and maintenance of the 22-mile Betsie Valley Trail for bikers, pedestrians and families
Greensboro Parks Foundation (Greensboro, NC): Supports programs, services and facilities that enrich the community’s Parks & Recreation Department
Greater Greenville Parks Foundation (Taylors, SC): Mobilizes public support and financial resources for the Greenville community’s public parks, trails, recreation facilities and programs
Keep Knoxville Beautiful (Knoxville, TN): Inspires and empowers Knox County communities to improve their quality of life through beautification and environmental stewardship
Long Tom Watershed Council (Eugene, OR): Provides the data, information, support and technical guidance needed to take action for a healthier watershed on behalf of the community
Lower Phalen Creek Project (St. Paul, MN): Plans to use the grant funding to partner with Urban Bird Collective to produce a series of ten monthly outdoor birding events to support and encourage birdwatchers of all different skill levels
Milwaukee Riverkeeper (Milwaukee, WI): Protects, improves and advocates for water quality, riparian wildlife habitat, and sound land management in the Milwaukee, Menomonee, and Kinnickinnic River Watersheds
Minnesota Valley Refuge Friends (Bloomington, MN): Works in partnership with the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge to support a thriving urban refuge through education, conservation and nature-based activities
Missouri Stream Team Watershed Coalition (Shelbyville, MO): Promotes and facilitates education, stewardship and advocacy for Missouri’s rivers and streams
OKC Beautiful (Oklahoma City, OK): Develops community programs that abate and prevent litter, add trees and wildflowers, develop parks projects, encourage active lifestyles and foster community stewardship
Operation SPLASH, Inc. (Freeport, NY): Preserves Long Island’s south shore bays and waterways through cleanups and educational programming
OutdoorMore, Inc. (Eau Claire, WI): Gets members of the community outdoors more often and maintains the upkeep of a local park in Eau Claire known as Pinehurst Park
Ozark Regional Land Trust (Columbia, MO): Protects more than 31,000 acres of working lands, forests, watersheds and other resources throughout the Ozark region
Pickerel Lake Conservancy (Sioux Falls, SD): Protects the water quality, natural resources and ecosystems of Pickerel Lake in northeastern South Dakota
Pisgah Area SORBA (Skyland, NC): Improves technical off-road biking recreational opportunities through advocacy for quality trail systems
Raritan Headwaters (Gladstone, NJ): Secures the health of the Raritan River headwaters region of New Jersey through efforts in science, education, advocacy, land preservation and stewardship
Red-tail Land Conservancy (Muncie, IN): Preserves and restores critical habitats and beautiful landscapes in east central Indiana and increases public access to natural areas
Rochester Accessible Adventures, Inc. (Rochester, NY): Improves the health and wellness of people with disabilities by guiding communities to create a culture of physical accessibility, social inclusion and equitable open access in recreation, sports and tourism
Royal Gorge River Initiation Organization (Canon City, CO):Addresses the need for recreation accessibility and responsible bank stabilization along the Arkansas River
Solutions to Avoid Red Tide, Inc. (Tallevast, FL): Preserves coastal waters by helping people deal with the ravages of Florida’s red tide and focuses on finding ways to help clean-up the excess nutrients from urban runoff
Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports (Steamboat Springs, CO): Offers essential year-round outdoor recreation programs for people with cognitive and physical disabilities
TennGreen Land Conservancy (Nashville, TN): Empowers landowners and communities to protect large, connected natural areas that support diversity of life, inspire appreciation of nature and spark action to protect drinking water, air and land
The Foundation for Sustainable Forests, Inc. (Spartansburg, PA): Prioritizes sustainable forest management to benefit the forest and ensures quality public access for the surrounding community
The Spirit of Okoboji (Okoboji, IA): Improves lives and enhances community outdoor spaces by creating and fostering opportunities tied to the Iowa Great Lakes region
The Westwood Right Incorporation (Dayton, OH): Transforms the community of Westwood into a desirable, safe, clean and beautiful neighborhood for everyone to live, work and play while enjoying the outdoors
Urban Rivers (Chicago, IL): Improves human-wildlife interactions around urban waterways by supporting research-based solutions that benefit wildlife and humans alike
Vashon Nature Center (Vashon, WA): Creates transformative nature experiences through community science, research and education
Wander Woman Outdoor Adventures, Inc. (Shawnee, KS): Provides opportunities for women to become informed about, develop interest in and discuss current outdoor interests

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