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AAC's Northeast Region Announces Live Your Dream Grant Application Period



The purpose of the “Live Your Dream” Climbing Grant is to fund individuals or small teams in pursuit of their personal climbing dreams. The emphasis of the grant is on projects that have significant positive impact on grantees’ progressions as climbers, as opposed to cutting-edge or exploratory objectives.

The “Live Your Dream” Climbing Grants are developed and administered locally with community support. For the Northeast Region, the “Live Your Dream” Climbing Grant seeks to support climbers from a range of ages and experience levels, as well as a range of climbing disciplines (sport climbing, bouldering, traditional rock climbing, ice climbing, mountaineering, etc.). Climbers from Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland are eligible for the Northeast Region grant.

Examples of types of projects we might fund include (but are not limited to):

  • a Northeast climber’s first trip to Yosemite to climb a big wall
  • a gym climber’s travel to a regional, national, or international competition
  • travel for a boulderer or sport climber to visit an area outside of the Northeast and attempt an iconic problem/route
  • a Northeast ice climber who wants to expand their experience in the Canadian Rockies or elsewhere
  • a rock climber who wants to learn winter ice climbing/mountaineering skills in New Hampshire, the Cascades, or Alaska

Projects involving climbers who are supported financially by corporate sponsors will not be considered. Proposals from “amateur” climbers who have received financial or in-kind (e.g., gear) corporate support for the proposed project will be considered, but support levels must be disclosed.

The 2012 Northeast Region “Live Your Dream” Climbing Grants are made available through the support of the American Alpine Club, the Mount Washington Valley Ice Festival, and individual donors.

There are two rounds of grants per year. The spring application deadline is April 15th and the fall application deadline is September 1st.

Grants are usually between $300 and $1000 and recipients are notified two to four weeks after the application deadline.

Grant applications must be made electronically in MS Word or PDF format by the due date. Applications are considered for projects that occur within one year of the application due date.


  • Only U.S. citizens may apply.
  • Grants are based on the demonstration of the project’s potential to have a positive impact on the grantee’s life and experience of climbing.
  • The judges will consider the individual’s and/or team’s experience level, which must be appropriate for the proposed objective.
  • Membership in The American Alpine Club is not required to apply, though to fulfill the grant responsibilities of serving as an AAC Ambassador (see below), recipients must become members at the time of the award if they are not members already. Those under age 29 qualify for Junior Membership at a reduced membership fee.


  • If for any reason the project is canceled or significantly changed, awarded funds must be returned to the AAC in full. Please contact the AAC office if your proposal changes.
  • If, after a grant is awarded, additional funding is obtained and the grant funds are no longer needed, or if a project is “over funded,” the recipient is asked to return all surplus funds to the AAC. Also, if after the grant is awarded a corporate sponsorship is awarded to the project, all funds from the AAC must be returned.
  • Within two months of returning, all grant recipients must submit to the AAC a written project report (including photos) for possible inclusion in AAC publications and/or posting on the AAC website. Failure to submit expedition report will result in applicant being ineligible for future AAC grants.
  • Any photos of the expedition team or individuals submitted with an expedition report may be reproduced in any manner the AAC desires for use on the AAC website or marketing materials. The AAC will have the right to use photos submitted with a project report on the AAC website or marketing materials.
  • Grant recipients agree to act as American Alpine Club Ambassadors. The role of an Ambassador means you mention your AAC support at slide shows and events when speaking about the expedition; you may be asked to give a presentation on the project at the AAC’s annual meeting or other events; and you express a commitment to the AAC’s mission.

Download the Northeast Application