C.O.R.E.  the Center for Outdoor Recreation and Expedition

Be a STEP Community


There are many places in the country that have the potential to be the next big destination in local tourism but due to a lack of management, knowledge and know-how, are unable to transform resources into a viable and sustainable means of livelihood.

Sustainable Tourism Entrepreneurship Program or STEP is a tourism development project of C.O.R.E, which seeks to empower communities to develop and market sustainable tourism livelihood products and services.

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I. General Information


  • A detailed Project Proposal with the following components:
    • Identified need or problem in the community
    • Project Goal and Objectives with Timeline
    • Budget Proposal
    • Project Monitoring and Evaluation Scheme
  • A Profile of the Group or Organization
  • List of projects and activities conceptualized and executed by your group or organization

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are we looking for?

The STEP Community Grant is endowed to local government units or groups that want to organize and involve the community to take an active involvement in local tourism.We want to assist local leaders to mobilize the community to be involved in the protection and promotion of the environment. C.O.R.E. endeavors to showcase the beauty of the Philippines and the unique outdoor travel experiences it offers.

What kind of support will the grant provide?

C.O.R.E. will evaluate your application and proposal and conduct site visits, as needed, to determine the grantees’ immediate needs. A core component of the grant will be product development. Support can be in the form of skills training and workshops in environmental conservation, marketing and customer service and resource management as well as linkages and networking events.Equipment and gear may also be provided for touristic activities as well as branding materials to complement the community offerings.

Who can apply?

Philippine local government units – from barangays, sitios, cities are eligible applicants for a STEP Community Grant. Organizations can also apply for the grant but should benefit the local community and not for private interest.

How to apply?

Fill-up the application form on this page. Qualified applicants will be notified via e-mail. Terms of the sponsorship will be discussed in  an agreement between  C.O.R.E. and the beneficiary.

If my application is approved, what do I do next?

Please wait to be contacted by C.O.R.E. staff to organize site visits and meetings to finalize the details and components of your STEP Community Grant.All grantees must comply with following requirements and basic agreements:

a) Expenses and Inventory Report

Beneficiaries must prepare an expenses and inventory report upon the completion of the project. Funds provided as part of the grant must be used for expenses incurred. This can include transportation, supplies, food and water, permits and related miscellaneous costs.An inventory of gear and equipment received must also be conducted at the beginning and completion of the project.

b) Grant Restrictions

C.O.R.E. grants may not be used for indirect costs, overhead, and other expenses not directly related to the project. Fringe benefits are also excluded, as are salaries.

c) Project and Documentation Report

A report summarizing activities implemented as part of the STEP Community Grant must be submitted at least within two months from the end of the project agreement unless otherwise agreed upon. Photo and video documentation must also be included in the report. We also encourage grantees to conduct employee and customer evaluations.

d) Content Usage

C.O.R.E. requires that grant recipients offer the right of first refusal for coverage to Dispatch Media Group, the media arm of C.O.R.E. Media coverage includes books and other Dispatch publications, lectures, exhibits, our web site and other electronic media, as well as publicity about the project.

Do you have more questions? Write us an e-mail at core@primergrp.com or call us at +63 (2) 5670611.