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Trip grants
Live Your Dream Grants
All climbers have dreams. Let us help you live yours. The American Alpine Club's Live Your Dream grant, powered by The North Face, is designed to help you, the every-day adventurer, take your abilities to the next level.

The purpose of the Live Your Dream grant is to support and promote unforgettable experiences for climbers—specifically, experiences that provide the skills and confidence to realize one's climbing ambitions; to dream big, to grow as a climber, and to inspire others. The grant seeks to fund individuals of all ages and experience levels, as well as a range of climbing disciplines--from… [view grant]

Mountaineering Fellowship Grant
Glaciar Rio Blanco .jpgLooking to push your limits? Twenty-five or younger? Fuel your inspiration with a Mountaineering Fellowship Grant.

Started in 1966, Mountaineering Fellowship Grants have long encouraged American climbers age 25 years and younger to go into remote areas and seek out climbs more difficult than they might ordinarily be able to do. Unexplored mountain ranges, unclimbed peaks, and difficult new routes will be looked upon with favor.

The grants are made available through the Boyd N. Everett, Jr. Memorial Fund, the John R. Hudson Memorial Fund, the Rick L. Mosher Memorial Fund, Recreational Equipment Inc.… [view grant]

Lyman Spitzer Cutting Edge Climbing Award
Spitzer - Decapio - Kokshaal-tau.jpgUltra-light folks cut the handles off their toothbrushes. Cutting Edge Alpinisits scoff at toothbrushes... and everything else that might slow them down, like sleeping bags or food. The Lyman Spitzer Cutting Edge Award is for climbers that are pushing limits with the bare essentials.

Through the generous contribution of Lyman Spitzer, Jr., a long-time American Alpine Club member and lover of the mountains, the AAC initiated the Lyman Spitzer Climbing Grants Program. This program promotes state-of-the-art, cutting-edge climbing through financial support of small, lightweight climbing teams attempting bold first ascents or difficult repeats of the most challenging routes in the world's great mountain ranges.

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AAC Cornerstone Conservation Grant
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The AAC's Cornerstone Conservation grant powered by REI creates healthy climbing landscapes, promotes respect for the places we climb, and empowers local climbing communities.
The Cornerstone Conservation Grant has grown out of a decade of American Alpine Club underwriting and volunteerism. Past AAC projects include new trails and human-waste management policies at Utah's Castleton Tower and Indian Creek climbing areas, a new human-waste management system in Grand Teton National Park, new trails and waste-management systems in Rocky Mountain National Park's Lumpy Ridge climbing area, and the Clean… [view grant]

Anchor Replacement Fund
The American Alpine Club and Access Fund launched the Anchor Replacement Fund to address the growing concerns of anchor failure and the access issues that could result from these incidents. Across the United States, bolts installed in the 80s and 90s are aging, and there is an immediate need to address inadequate fixed anchors and increase support for local and national partners leading these efforts.

We invite local climbing and anchor replacement organizations to seek funding and support for anchor replacement initiatives at their local climbing area. Grant applications are reviewed by a team of… [view grant]

Lara-Karena Bitenieks Kellogg Memorial Conservation Grant
20081120_mcnz_079.jpgClimbing isn't just about finding the perfect line, it's also about protecting the mountains we love. Lara-Karena Kellogg embodied this spirit throughout her life. When she died during an attempt on the North Buttress of Mount Wake in the Alaska Range in April 2007, this grant was established in her name to help other climbers carry on her mission of conservation. It funds expeditions that support and improve the health of mountain environments and habitats.

Lara was a climber, a scientist, and a conservationist. She was always searching for the most beautiful line in climbing and in life. Learning new skill sets, seeking a new challenges, yearning… [view grant]

Scott Fischer Memorial Conservation Grant
Yeary_1.jpgThe American Alpine Club established the Scott Fischer Memorial Conservation Fund in memory of Scott Fischer, who lost his life on Mount Everest in May 1996. The goal is to help fund environmentally proactive expeditions to mountain regions throughout the world.

To qualify, expeditions should meet the following criteria:Propose a well-planned mountain conservation projects. Projects attempting to remove past expeditions' garbage and equipment or similar projects are given priority. Expeditions must exceed normal expedition clean-up procedures as outlined by the host country or land manager.

Awards are typically around $300.

Application Period:

The application period is January 1 through April 1.

How Do… [view grant]

AAC Research Grants
The Research Grant Committee of The American Alpine Club administers funds from two endowments:The Arthur K. Gilkey Memorial Research Fund and the Bedayn Research Fund.

Through these funds, the AAC is able to support modest requests to assist scientific research projects within the scope of the AAC's charter.

Relevance to the research goals of the American Alpine Club is an important category of assessment: research with potential for conservation impact related to the places where climbers climb, contribution to knowledge that impacts climbers, climbing, or mountaineering, with preference for projects based in the US. Preference is given to young/early investigators who are AAC members.

Grants are in the $200 - $1,000 range. In addition to their relevance, applications are considered in… [view grant]

Copp-Dash Inspire Award
CoppDashInspireAward.jpgJonny Copp and Micah Dash were two of America's leading alpine climbers, adventuring to the farthest corners of the world in search of first ascents in the purest of style. It was on just such a mission in May 2009, in western China's Sichuan province, that Jonny and Micah were killed in an avalanche along with filmmaker Wade Johnson. With Jonny and Micah's deaths we lost two of the great alpinists, characters, and storytellers the North American climbing world has recently known.

Jonny and Micah believed the summit meant something, but style was everything. They pursued climbing in the same manner they lived—with vigor and passion, and with a… [view grant]

AAC/Mountain Hardwear McNeill-Nott Award
TrevorJonesDenali.jpgWith the untimely death of Sue Nott and her partner Karen McNeill on Mt. Foraker in 2006, The Club partnered with Mountain Hardwear to establish the McNeill-Nott Award in their memory.

The McNeill-Nott Award seeks to preserve the spirit of these two talented and courageous climbers by giving grants to amateur climbers exploring new routes or unclimbed peaks with small and lightweight teams. The Award focuses on projects that have strong exploratory and adventuresome mountaineering objectives. These elements are more important than the technical rating of the climbing objective.

Two or three grants totaling $5,000 are awarded annually to amateur… [view grant]

Zack Martin Breaking Barriers Grant
cotopaxi11.jpgWhile climbing is awesome and all, helping people is even better. The Zack Martin Breaking Barriers Grant (ZMBB) is a dual-purpose grant fund that focuses primarily on a humanitarian objective. The secondary objective involves alpinism, ice climbing, rock climbing, bouldering.

Applicants need to meet both objectives and are strongly encouraged to obtain additional funding and sponsors.

Humanitarian efforts should be sustainable, feasible, and continue to provide benefits to local people after initial implementation. Ideally, objectives will teach locals "how to" and provide some level of continued support and funding. For examples, check out the humanitarian objectives of previous ZMBB recipients.

The secondary objective should focus on climbing related adventure and… [view grant]

Local Grants

John L. Horn Memorial Sport Climbing Award—AAC Western Region.

The John L. Horn Memorial Sport Climbing Award, sponsored by the American Alpine Club, provides an opportunity for young members of the American Alpine Club's Western Region to explore the world, and expand their life's adventures, aspirations, and connections. This grant is designed for young people between the ages of 18 and 28 who share John's passion for this particular branch of climbing, and who, as awardees, are willing to serve as lifelong sport climbing ambassadors to the larger climbing community. For John, the “spirit of sport climbing" encompassed these important values: competition (in the purest sense), the drive for success, camaraderie, and, above all, the love of adventure.

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Other Grants and Awards

Nick Estcourt Award
Although this award is aimed at British climbers, it could provide a great opportunity for an Anglo-American expedition. At least half the team needs to be British to qualify. Named for the great climber who died on K2 in 1978, the Nick Estcourt Award was established to commemorate his climbing achievements and to encourage future generations of expedition mountaineers. One annual award of $2,000 is provided to the team that the trustees consider most likely to further expedition mountaineering; applications are considered solely in terms of their mountaineering merit, and scientific and other objectives are not taken into account. Awards will not be made to expeditions with a significant commercial or military element. Deadline is December 31, and… [view grant]