• 2018 Summit Hut Banff Grant Voting
    As a company that encourages safe and responsible exploration of the outdoors, Summit Hut feels a deep connection to local organizations that help preserve, educate about and enhance our community's experience in our environment and wild places. Each year Summit Hut hosts the Banff Mountain Film Festival, a collection of inspirational mountain culture films with an environmental message, with a portion of the proceeds donated back to the community in the form of Banff Grants.
  • Summit Hut is proud to present this year's five finalists who will receive a total of nearly $5,000 to help further their organizations impact in our outdoor community.

    Please vote for one of the following finalists for this year's grant. The two organizations receiving the most votes will win $2,000 each and the three runners up will each receive a $250 Summit Hut gift card! Voting ends February 28th, 2018.

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  • Stewart L. Udall Parks in Focus Program
    Since 1999, Parks in Focus has been connecting Tucson youth to nature and our public lands through photography and outdoor learning. By partnering with parks and youth-serving organizations, Parks in Focus provides outdoor experiences for middle school youth with limited exposure to nature; increases participants’ appreciation for their local environment and public lands; encourages participants to use photography as a tool for environmental learning and as an outlet for creative expression; and engages participants in service and stewardship. Our program is free to participants and provides important “firsts” such as camping or visiting a national park or wildlife refuge for the first time. Photography lessons, field trips, and camping excursions build skills, enhance self-esteem, and promote creativity.
  • Northern Jaguar Project
    The mission of the Northern Jaguar Project (NJP) is to preserve and recover the world's northernmost population of the jaguar, its unique natural habitats, and native wildlife under its protection as a flagship, keystone, and umbrella species. We place equal importance on improving conservation knowledge and activities in the local community, since jaguars face immediate and direct threats from poaching and poisoning. Other dangers include declining and destroyed habitats, drought’s effect on wildlife and livestock that results in increased depredations and expanded hostilities, and the U.S.-Mexico border wall.
  • Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona
    Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. At Girl Scouts we combine Outdoor Skills, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), Lifeskills, and Entrepreneurship with civic engagement to deliver crucial, life-changing, girl programming. For over 82 years, GSSoAz has been preparing girls with the skills and experiences they need to empower themselves for life. Our programs are designed to help girls develop four key G.I.R.L leadership skills – Goal-Setting, Innovating, Risk-Taking, and Leading. GSSoAz serves girls 5-17 in Pima, Yuma, Cochise, Santa Cruz, Graham and Greenlee Counties.
  • Beads of Courage
    Beads of Courage provides arts-in-medicine programs that support children coping with cancer and other serious illness. Through our core program, children receive colorful beads that visually symbolize their courageous treatment journey. Our organization implements our programs in over 240 children's hospitals in 9 countries. Beads of Courage has actively been recruiting outdoor enthusiasts to bring the beauty of the outdoors to the children we support, many who are hospitalized for very lengthy periods of time, through our Carry a Bead Program. Through this unique program, we ask individuals to carry a bead and return it to us with a signed story card and photo. We then distribute these randomly to children who receive Beads of Courage during their treatment.
  • Arizona Trail Association
    The Arizona Trail Association (ATA) is the nonprofit organization whose mission is to protect, maintain, enhance, promote and sustain the Arizona Trail as a unique encounter with the land. The ATA successfully engages thousands of volunteers each year in the maintenance and improvement of the Arizona National Scenic Trail. In 2017, ATA volunteers contributed over 22,000 hours to trail projects. The organization’s Seeds of Stewardship program help introduce the wonders of the great outdoors to over 2,000 young people annually through experiential, educational, and service learning outings.