The Grand Canyon Fund

Rafting Grand Canyon

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The Grand Canyon Fund (GCF) was created in 1988.  It is a 501(c)(3) Arizona non-profit public charity proudly managed by the sixteen licensed river concessioners at Grand Canyon National Park via their trade association known as Grand Canyon River Outfitters Association (GCROA).  Each river season, commercial rafting guests voluntarily make small monetary donations (usually a minimum of $1 per person per day of their commercial river trip) to the GCF.  Additional direct donations are also gladly accepted!  This is the major source by which the GCF raises approximately $100,000 per year.  There are no overhead costs to the management of the Grand Canyon Fund, and 100% of the annual donations are usually given as grants to worthy applicants each year.  To date, the GCF has granted approximately $1.9 million to qualified applicants.  

The GCF supports non-profit public interest organizations actively involved in one of two areas:  

1.  The protection and/or conservation of the natural, cultural, historic and recreational resources of the Grand Canyon with a particular emphasis on the Colorado River corridor, or

2.  The assistance of groups or individuals burdened with physical disabilities and/or socioeconomic impediments who seek and may substantially benefit from a Grand Canyon river experience.   



Thank you for your interest in the Grand Canyon Fund!  Please click the button below for specific grant application instructions.  All 2023 GCF grant proposals are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 21, 2022.  

All successful applications will be reviewed and considered for funding by the Grand Canyon Fund Board of Trustees at the end of October 2021.  Successful applicants will be notified of their award shortly thereafter by telephone or email.  Awards are expected to be distributed before the end of 2022 to be applied to projects in 2023.