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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 or an individual of a small team of all ages and experience levels, as well as a range of climbing disciplines (including but not limited… [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. (REI Challenge Fund), and from annual contributions from the public.

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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

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… [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 for deeper… [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.

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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.

The application period for AAC Research Grants January 1 to March 1 each year. Late applications will not be accepted. Applications must be submitted electronically via an emailed Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat (.PDF) attachment. An application is required. Please limit the length of proposals to no more than 10 pages total. You may also include attachments that will give the committee a better understanding of your proposal, but we ask… [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 strong desire to share… [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 teams that best meet the criteria for pursuing an exploratory objective.

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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 discovery in the natural environment. 

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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

Hans Saari Memorial Fund Exploration Grant

This grant supports innovative ski mountaineering expeditions with technical goals in alpine terrain. While trips do not need to be at the leading edge of alpinism, special consideration will be given to applicants visiting unclimbed, unexplored regions, and those with historically significant objectives. Grant recipients must document and report on both technical and cultural aspects of expeditions, with the goal of creating an understanding and appreciation of the area and culture. The Fund will award up to three grants per year. Deadline is March 1 annually, and more information is available here.
Nick Estcourt Award
Although this award is aimed at British climbers, it could provide a great opportunity… [view grant]