Each year, various conservation bodies apply to EOCA for funding. The funding requests are for specific projects which seek to conserve a threatened species or habitat, and which has a link to the outdoor user. This year, 55 applications for funding were received by EOCA, who have now produced a shortlist of the best. This shortlist is being presented to the public this month - both on the association’s website and in seven magazines across Europe - and everyone is being asked to vote for the projects they think are the most deserving. The projects have been put into 3 categories – Alpine projects, Outdoor Projects and Nature Projects, depending on their focus. The project with the highest number of votes in each category will receive funding of up to €30,000 from EOCA.
EOCA funding for conservation comes from its 94 members, all part of the European outdoor industry. Each member pays a membership fee, 100% of which is spent on conservation. In just 6 years, this group of forward-thinking companies have together funded 46 projects in 27 different countries to the tune of over €1 million.
For more information on the projects in each category, go check out their website, where you will be able to vote once the polling begins.