Apply for a Grant

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Share Winter grants are awarded only to United States non-profit and tax exempt organizations. For:

  • “Learn To” Ski (Nordic or Alpine) or Snowboard Programs for youth ages 5-18, that provide 4 or more on snow sessions.

    • “Learn To” is instruction through basic ski/snowboard competency (confidently and safely able to ride green/blue runs).

    • Competitive racing is not “Learn To”.

Funding Priorities:

  • Programs offered to diverse populations

  • Programs that serve youth ages 6-12

  • Programs with strong community partnerships

  • Programs with established connections with local clubs, ski areas, and teams that provide ongoing participation options to program graduates.

  • Programs that serve 100+ youth.

  • Maximum grant amount: $50,000

  • Average grant amount: $25,000

Share Winter seeks to utilize grantmaking as a means of empowering organizations and schools to develop strong, sustainable programs without continued, significant annual support from the Share Winter.

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Youth Learn to Ski and Snowboard programs that provide at least 4 days of on snow access for youth, per season.

What Grants Can Cover (examples):

  • Lift Tickets

  • Equipment (including warm jackets, snow pants, gloves etc.)

  • Transportation

  • Lessons/Coaching

  • Supervisory Staff

  • Data Collection (via software and/or staff)

  • Healthy Snacks for Program Participants

  • Insurance

  • Capacity Building (*must significantly impact the growth and sustainability of your organization’s snowsports programs.)

Sports Funded:

  • Nordic Skiing

  • Alpine Skiing

  • Snowboarding

  • NOTE: We do consider Skiing/Snowboarding Physical Education Programs that combine in school programs (i.e. Burton Riglet or Nordic Rocks) with on snow experiences.

We do not fund ski jumping or biathlon at this time.

NOTE: Grantees must provide proof that they have their own insurance and/or are covered by another organization’s insurance.  Grantees and their programs are not covered by Share Winter’s insurance.  


  • Competitive ski/snowboard racing, race coaching, training, or fees.

  • We do not consider competitive racing as “Learn To”

  • Individuals

  • Research Projects

  • Documentary Projects

  • Marketing Projects

  • Lobbying of any kind

  • Endowments

  • Events or Conferences

  • Non-Skiing and Snowboarding Related Services/Programming

  • Travel to Conferences, Competitions, etc.

  • Board Member Expenses

  • “One Time” or “One Day” Experiences

  • Race, Competition, or Club Fees

  • Hiring Professional Fundraisers

  • Advanced/Expert/Freestyle or other non “Learn To” training

  • Curriculum Development (grantees should already have an established, well vetted curriculum)


Apply Now

Potential Grantees must submit a one-page letter of interest by June 1 to be considered for the following Winter.

Organizations invited to complete a full application will be given notice by by July 15.

Full grant applications are due Sept. 15 and awards are announced between Oct. 15 - Nov. 15.