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What’s Your Outdoor Dream?

A KOA ‘Get Out There’ Grant Could Make It Come True

Kampgrounds of America has been providing great outdoor experiences throughout North America for millions of families for more than 56 years.

But everyone has something they’d love to do that just might go beyond a wonderful family camping trip.

Your outdoor “dream” adventure might be something that tests you. It might be a chance to reconnect with those you love. It might be something you can do for someone else facing their own life challenges.

Adventures don’t care how old you are, how much you earn, or where you live. Adventures just want you to come outside and play.

So, what’s your “adventure of a lifetime?”

We want to help make it happen.

Kampgrounds of America is now taking applications for KOA ‘Get Out There’ Grants. The purpose of the grants is to aid in providing individuals, family and friends a chance to experience an adventure that – up until now – has always been beyond their reach.

Maybe it’s a rafting trip down the wild Colorado with adult siblings you haven’t connected with in a while. Perhaps it’s that wilderness hike with long lost college friends. Or maybe it’s a family trip that takes you places you’ve only dreamed about.

It could be anything...and that’s the point.

We’ll work with our grant recipients to make those dreams a reality.

Why KOA ‘Get Out There’ Grants?

At KOA, we already know what the outdoors can do for the human spirit. Our campers consistently tell us how much they value the family bonding and stress relief our campgrounds offer.

So, we wondered, “What would happen if we helped regular folks living their regular lives step their outdoor experiences up a notch?” What if we could help turn those “big, audacious campfire dreams” into reality? KOA is all about promoting active lifestyles, reaching personal goals and connecting with the outdoors. But, we want our ‘Get Out There’ Grant recipients to actually do what they’ve been dreaming about.

We’re looking for folks who want a genuine adventure. It could be as simple as spending quality “outside time” with your family doing things you might not normally do. We’re not talking about hanging one-handed from a cliff (unless that’s your dream, of course. Then, go for it.)

We’re talking about those daydreams that start with “wouldn’t it be great if...”

Here’s How It Works

  1. First, fill out the KOA ‘Get Out There’ Grant application form. Let us know all about your “dream” adventure. We want to know all of the details, and whether your adventure is a “solo” effort, or you’re planning to include friends or family. Your adventure can also take you anywhere in the U.S. or Canada. Remember, it could be anything. All you can do is ask.
  2. Next, Our KOA ‘Get Out There’ Grant judging panel will take a close look at all of our applicants, and pick those that they feel best fit all of the criteria we’ve mentioned above. We’re looking for adventures that build unbelievable memories.
  3. Grants can be awarded in amounts from $1,000 to $5,000 per participant, based on the adventure. Our goal is to Make It Happen! We’ll take care of all of the details.
  4. Our small-but-professional video team will be there with you, creating a stellar film. We’ll share your experience, inspiring folks just like you to get out there and build their own outdoor adventures.

KOA ‘Get Out There’ Outdoor Adventure Grants FAQs

Q: What is the final deadline for 2018 grant applications?
A: All grant applications must be received by 12AM Saturday, June 23, 2018 (MST).

Q: How will successful grant applicants be notified?
A: Successful applicants will be notified by Kampgrounds of America as soon as possible.

Q: Do you have to be a citizen to qualify for a grant?
A: All applicants must be a legal citizen of either the U.S. or Canada, or be U.S. Green Card holders or have obtained Canadian Permanent Residency.

Q: Do you have to be a KOA camper or KOA Value Kard Rewards member?
A: No. The ‘Get Out There’ Grant Program is open to everyone, even if you’ve never camped before. The proposed adventure doesn’t even have to include camping.

Q: Is there an age limit?
A: Grant applicants must be 18 years of age as of Friday, June 22, 2018.

Q: Who is responsible for any applicable taxes on the grant funds?
A: Taxes on the full amount of each grant are the sole responsibility of those selected to receive the grant. Each recipient will be required to provide Kampgrounds of America Inc. with the necessary U.S. Internal Revenue or Canadian tax forms.

Q: Are there any other conditions?
A: Since each granted Adventure will be unique, specific conditions regarding the actual adventure will vary, and will be negotiated with the grant applicant before the grant is awarded.

Q: When is the timeline for completing a ‘Get Out There’ adventure?
A: Grant recipients will have one calendar year after the date the grant is awarded to complete their adventure.

Q: Who is handling the details and arrangements for each granted Adventure?
A: Arrangements for each granted Adventure will be the responsibility of the grant recipient.

Q: Will anyone from Kampgrounds of America accompany the grant recipient on the Adventure?
A: Plans currently call from a small video team from KOA to accompany our grant recipients on their adventure. The completed video would be used on Kampgrounds of America social media and other outlets to promote others to “Get Out There” and enjoy the outdoors.

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Submissions for the KOA "Get Out There" Grants Program are now closed.