List of general mountaineering grants

A list of organisations, Trusts, commercial companies and charities that are able to provide funding support for trips. Be sure to check out each organisation's awarding criteria carefully before making an application to avoid disappointment and also wasting your time.

Alpkit Foundation

Cash support to help individuals, schools and organisations overcome obstacles that prevent them from Going Nice Places and Doing Good Things. 
Check out details here.

Alpine Ski Club

There are two awards here:
The Kenneth Smith scholarship and the Memorial Adventure Fund
Available to ski mountaineers in support of exploratory expeditions, attending advanced courses or conducting related research. Average grant: up to £600.
Full details, application form and contact details are here: alpineskiclub.org.uk/grants.

American Alpine Club

There are a range of different grants set out on the American Alpine Club grants page. Check them out here

Andy Fanshawe Memorial Trust  

If you are under 26 and lack funding for a climbing expedition or other outdoor initiative, then you could qualify for a grant from the Andy Fanshawe Memorial Trust. The Trust could also help fund your place on a training course provided your primary reason for attending it is for personal development rather than professional qualifications. Maximum grant of £500.
www.andyfanshawe.org

The Adventure Fund

An annual grant established to support individuals or groups who display a creative and innovative approach towards adventurous travel and expeditioning.
www.theadventurefund.com

Bill Wallace Grant

Set up by the John Muir Trust in memory of Bill Wallace, the grant is designed to support expeditions that combine adventure and conservation of wild places.
Webpage: www.jmt.org
For more information please contact Toby Clark at toby.clark@jmt.org or on 0131 554 0114. 

BMC

177-179 Burton Road
Manchester M20 2BB
Tel: 0161 445 6111
 
Deadlines: 1 March and 1 November each year

For more information on BMC grant support for Expeditions click here.
 

Captain Scott Society

The Captain Scott Society Awards are granted to assist individuals or groups to undertake adventurous expeditions and endeavours. There are two awards. One is for people attempting adventourous "firsts". The other is specifically for young people age 11 to 19.

Check out their webpage here.

The Crux Expedition Award

An opportunity for today’s young climbers to win £500 in cash and £2000 worth of crux equipment for use on an outstanding mountaineering objective. Deadline for applications is New Year's Eve.

Check out the Crux website here

DMM

DMM can support trips with equipment rather than money.
Check out their requirements here.

Eagle Ski Club           

A range of grants available with the focus being ski touring and ski mountaineering, often for younger people. Full information and application procedures are here eagleskiclub.org.uk

Horizon Lectures Adventure Fund

To encourage and enable people to undertake their own adventurous trips, ideas and expeditions.  Applications are welcomed from all walks of life and all sorts of ideas will be considered - from expeditions in far-flung destinations to local adventures in the UK.  
More details here

Janapar Grant

The aim of the grant is to promote journeys that involve immersion in unfamiliar places, cultures and ideas.  Available to UK residents between the ages of 18-25 who intend to spend a minimum of 6 months travelling abroad. Website: janapar-grant.org.uk.

Jeremy Willson Charitable Trust (JWCT)

The charity helps people and projects that reflect Jeremy’s passions in life: athletics, geology, adventure and the environment. The trust also provides one or more mountaineering grants on an annual basis to those applying for expedition grants from the BMC. 

Further information on the Jeremy Willson Mountain Exploration Grant. Website: www.jwct.org.uk.

Jack Bloor Fund

Set up by the Jack Bloor Trustees in memory of Jack Bloor, who was a former member of the BMC from Yorkshire and who made many first ascents in Yorkshire and the Lake District.

Grants are available to young people under 26, who want to improve their skills in the outdoors or to help with training for rock climbing competitions. Grants are available all year round to people who live in Yorkshire and belong to the BMC. Up to 50% of the total cost is available up to a maximum of £300.

Further information about the Jack Bloor Fund.

Julie Tullis Memorial Award

A small grant to assist deserving female mountaineers or any disabled climbers or mountaineers, both male and female, to achieve their climbing or mountaineering ambitions.

Applications for the Julie Tullis Memorial Award can be made via the BMC Expedition Grant form, and should include a short covering note explaining how the project fits the award criteria. The BMC will consider applications from individual British females, or a female expedition, with an interesting mountaineering goal. Also welcomed are applications from male or female disabled climbers with a specific climbing or mountaineering goal for the year in question.

Further information about the Julie Tullis Memorial Award.

Female First Ascent Award

An award set up by GRIT&ROCK to promote female first ascents. The award will fund a female-led expedition team up to the amount of GBP5,000. The aims of the annually awarded FIRST ASCENT EXPEDITION GRANT is to promote and encourage female participation in pioneering alpine ascents. The Award is open to individuals and climbing teams with majority female participation and is meant to provide funding for those who need it most.

Further information about the First Ascent Award.

Alison Chadwick Award for Women 

The Alison Chadwick Memorial Award is a financial award made to either a female mountaineer or an all female expedition.

Further information about the Alison Chadwick Award.

Mount Everest Foundation 

For British and New Zealand expeditions proposing mountaineering exploration or research in high mountain regions. Also awards Alison Chadwick Memorial Grant "to further British and Polish women’s mountaineering in the greater ranges". Average grant: £200 - £1,700
Find out more here.
 
MEF application forms are available from the MEF website below, or write to:

Glyn Hughes
MEF Hon Secretary
73 Church Street
Chesham
Bucks
HP5 1HY

Mountaineering Scotland

Kevin Howett, National Officer
The Old Granary
West Mill Street
Perth PH1 5QP
www.mountaineering.scot
Expeditions whose members have a strong connection with the Scottish mountains and Scottish mountaineering whose objective is of excellence and adventure; in greater ranges or pure rock or ice in less remote areas that are worthy of international recognition. MS membership required. Average grant: £100 - £1,000. Maximum budget of £2,000.

Next Challenge Expedition Grant

Small grants for independent trips. Website: thenextchallenge.org.

Nick Estcourt Award

Expeditions attempting an objective of mountaineering significance. This might be a previously unclimbed face, ridge or summit or a repeat of an existing route in more challenging style or conditions. Applications are considered solely in terms of their mountaineering merit; other objectives are not taken into account. Average grant: £1,000.

Plas y Brenin awards

There are a wide range of award and bursaries available through Plas y Brenin. You will need to read each one to see whether you meet the criteria or not.
Check them out here.

Ron Pickering Memorial Fund

Grant are available to both able and disability athletes between the ages of 15 and 23.  Grants to athletes over 23 may be made in exceptional circumstances.
Details and how to apply are here rpmf.org.uk.

Shipton/Tilman Grant

For endeavors that demonstrate the exploration philosophy of Shipton and Tilman - small, lighweight and innovative. Website: www.gore-tex.com.
 
Postal address:
W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
295 Blueball Road
Elkton
MD 21921
USA

The Rob George Foundation

  • To provide practical and/or financial support to young people with life threatening or terminal illnesses
  • To provide financial support to young people who demonstrate exceptional commitment and/or ability in the worlds of sport or the performing arts but may be held back by their financial situation from pursuing their goals 

Website: therobgeorgefoundation.co.uk.

Timmissartok Foundation

The Foundation will partially support projects that involve “travel with a purpose” in which a particular passion is to be explored. Open to individuals seeking adventure in foreign lands.  Open to all nationalities and all ages. Website: timmissartok.com.

The Chris Walker Memorial Trust

Welcomes applications from aspiring Greater Ranges climbers who need help to fund expeditions with the objective of establishing new routes, repeating rarely attempted lines, or visiting unexplored areas. The Trust will also provide assistance to candidates who are undertaking the British Mountain Guide scheme. Website: www.chriswalkertrust.co.uk.

The Gino Watkins Memorial Fund

Gives grants towards expeditions, including mountaineering expeditions, that meet its objectives of guiding and inspiring enterprising young people towards scientific research and exploration in the polar regions. Website here.
 
Postal address:
c/o Scott Polar Research Institute,
Lensfield Road,
Cambridge
CB2 1ER

The Ulysses Trust 

The trust provides financial support to members of the Volunteer Military Reserve, Cadet Forces, or University Officer Training of the UK, and to units organising an expedition or adventurous training activity.
Website here
 

Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowships

Every year the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust awards some 100 Travelling Fellowships to British Citizens from all walks of life and from all over the United Kingdom. The Fellowships are open to men and women from all walks of life and one category that may be of particular interest is Adventure and Leaders of Expeditions. Website: www.wcmt.org.uk.

Young Explorers Trust

Expeditions with most members below 20 years old (not usually undergraduate expeditions) involved in discovery and exploration in remote areas. Aims can include community projects, fieldwork and/or physical adventure (climbing/sailing etc.). New groups and ones with disadvantaged members are encouraged to apply.  Average grant: £100 - £500 or equipment bursaries. Website: www.theyet.org.
 
Postal address:
Ted Grey
Stretton Cottage
Wellow Road
Ollerton
Newark
Notts NG22 9AX
Tel: 01623 861027

Wilderness Award

The Wilderness Award is a cash award made to a UK resident over the age of 18 who intends to travel overseas, returning before 31 January of the following year, to undertake an unusual and adventurous objective in a geographically remote wilderness area. Deadline is 30 November each year. More info here.

Residents of Australia and New Zealand

Residents of Australia and New Zealand can apply for the North Face Adventure Grant: Details of the award here.

Amending this page

If you are aware of any other sources of funding for trips and expeditions that could be added to this page, or if you know any of the links above no longer work, please email Nick Colton at nick@thebmc.co.uk.

General Grants

For a very detailed list of expedition grants available, see www.rgs.org.

This list is based on the list produced by the RGS.

 


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