Most adventures will have some cost (although it is possible to go on a brilliant adventure for free). There are many different ways to get the money needed to fund your expeditions.
Grants are just one of the methods of getting funding.
I was surprised to discover so many grants were available. There are a large number of adventurers and companies that are willing to give you money. Sounds almost too good to be true. In exchange for their money, you will usually have to provide the company with some form of publicity. Post expedition reports are common. As are articles, photos and videos. Some companies claim all commercial ownership of your adventure. All this in exchange for their money.
If you are ok with this, applying for a grant is a great way of funding your expedition.
Listed below are many different adventure grants. Some are general adventure and travel grants. Others are more specific (such as mountaineering grants or even a Landrover based adventure!).
If you know of any other adventure grants that would be useful for this post, please let me know. I will update the list.
- Amount: £450
- About: This fund enables people to undertake their own adventurous expeditions. Applications are accepted from all walks of life. Successful applicants will share their adventure by delivering a short talk at a Horizon Lecture
- Deadline: There is no fixed closing date for the fund so you can apply anytime.
For more information on how to apply, follow this link.
- Amount: A share of up to £2,000 (usually £100 to £200 per trip). You can get help from the founder, Tim Moss, if you want it and he has a small amount of equipment he can loan out too.
- About: The Next Challenge Grant is a bursary for small expeditions and adventures. The money comes from a combination of a personal donation from Tim Moss, small crowdfunded donations and contributions from other adventurers.
- Deadline: 7th April 2017. The Next Challenge grant has closed its applications for 2017. A list of the winners of the grant for this year can be found here. You could use this list for inspiration for your own epic adventure.
Applications for 2018 will soon reopen and it is likely that the closing date will be in April 2018. For advice on the application process, you can follow this link.
- Amount: £100 minimum.
- About: Sidetracked Magazine supports the Adventure Fund. This is a fantastic starter fund for general adventures.
- Deadline: 1st March each year. Applications for 2017 have now passed. For more information for 2018 applications, follow this link.
- Amount: £5000
- About: The Royal Geographical Society and BBC Radio 4 have partnered together for this award. A £5,000 grant is available for one person for an original and inspiring journey anywhere in the world. The award recipient will receive training in radio broadcasting from the BBC and will record their experiences for a BBC Radio 4 documentary.
- Deadline: 2nd November 2017
For more information and guidelines, follow this link.
- Amount: £5000
- About: To apply, create a 2min video about your idea for The Altumate Challenge 2017. They want to know about you, what you want to achieve and why. The more creative the better!
- Deadline: Upload the video onto YouTube/Vimeo etc and send the link along with your contact details and social media handles to firstname.lastname@example.org before 5 pm Friday 30th June 2017.
- Amount: Early career grants are typically funded for less than US $5,000. They will consider requests for up to US $10,000. Standard grants are typically funded for less than US $30,000. They will consider requests for up to US $50,000.
- About: Applications are accepted from around the world, and specifically encourages applicants from outside the United States to apply. Applicants planning to work outside of their home country should include at least one local collaborator on their team.
- Deadline: In 2017, the National Geographic Grants Committee will meet four times: January, April, August, and November. Please observe these deadlines for submitting your Standard Grant Application: Deadline of July 1, 2017, for decision by November 30, 2017. Deadline of October 1, 2017, for decision by January 31, 2018. Future deadlines will occur on a quarterly basis.
- Amount: Between £5000 and £8000
- About: The Award aims to further the understanding and exploration of the planet, its cultures, peoples and environments while promoting personal development through the intellectual or physical challenges involved in undertaking the research and/or expedition. Applications are invited from both individuals and groups.
- Deadline: 30th November 2017
For further information, follow this link.
- Amount: A bursary of £15,000 is available and in addition, applicants can apply for a discretionary fund of up to £15,000 to support essential expedition related costs.
- About: If you have a plan for an epic driving adventure this bursary will loan you a Landrover Discovery and a load of cash.
- Deadline: 30th November 2017
For detailed information, follow this link.
- Amount: Up to £1000 and two years’ gratis membership of the Society.
- About: Applicants aged 18-25 at the time of the proposed trip. Applicants should submit a plan of a project involving travel in a country or countries of Asia, relating to the geography, history, politics, environmental conservation, culture or art of the area to be visited. Any part of Asia, including the Middle East, may be chosen. Plans should be costed as far as possible and should state the duration of the travel involved and how the costs will be met.
- Deadline: The next award application process is anticipated in Sep/Oct 2017 for travel in 2018.
- Amount: Generally about US $100.
- About: The Timmissartok Foundation will partially support projects that involve “travel with a purpose” in which a particular passion is to be explored. The foundation was founded in 2000 to assist individuals with adventurous projects that will take place in a foreign country. Levison Wood is amongst the alumni that have received an award from the Timmissartok Foundation.
- Deadline: Applications are accepted throughout the year. The applications are encouraged to be brief. If you want to apply, follow this link.
- Amount: £200-£2000.
- About: The John Muir Trust offers this Grant to give people the opportunity to seek out life-changing experiences in wild places of the world in ways which will benefit both the person and the wild places themselves. The grant commemorates two former Presidents of the Scottish Mountaineering Club who each led inspiring and adventurous lives. This grant is only open to UK applicants with a Scottish interest/link. Your project should involve travel to wild places, must be adventurous, have an educational or scientific component and be a life-changing experience leading to a commitment to practical action to conserve wild places.
- Deadline: 5th January each year.
- Amount: A small grant (£200-£800).
- About: A grant to assist deserving female mountaineers or any disabled climbers or mountaineers, both male and female, to achieve their climbing or mountaineering ambitions.
- Deadline: Closing dates are 1st November (for expeditions or projects taking place before March the following year) or 1st March (for expeditions or projects planned for the rest of that year). Link to the application form.
- Amount: Individually calculated for the trip.
- About: UK citizens with a British passport that are passionate about they do. You need to be keen to share your passion for inspiring others. Your project must require you to travel overseas (for four to eight weeks), but you must also clearly explain why you need to travel and cannot carry out the project from the UK.
- Deadline: Apply before 5 pm on 19th September 2017.
- Amount: £1000
- About: Applications are welcomed 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. Successful applicants will be expected to provide a summary expedition report and photos for use on the Chris Walker Memorial Trust website.
- Deadline: 1st December 2017. Here is the link to the application form.
- Amount: £500 – £6000
- About: The Fund provides approval and grants in aid to well-conceived polar expeditions. Each year the Fund helps appropriate expeditions to visit not only Greenland and other high Arctic lands, but also the Antarctic. Ventures to Iceland in the summer and to Norway are not usually awarded grants.
- Deadline: 31st January 2018. For more information follow this link.
- Amount: There are two awards available. The spirit of adventure award for £2000 and the Vivian Fuchs Award for £500.
- About: The spirit of adventure award goes to an individual or Group that best exemplifies Captain Scott’s ‘Spirit of Adventure‘. In particular, the Society is looking for adventurous ‘firsts’. These could include the scaling of unclimbed peaks, navigational firsts, sporting firsts or expeditionary firsts of any kind. Applicants should also take into account the scientific objectives of Scott’s expeditions. The Society reserves the right to vary the distribution of this Award.
- The Vivian Fuchs award is restricted to the 11 – 19 year age group. The Society is very flexible with respect to the type of activity to be undertaken but is particularly interested in character building or unusual exploits.
- Deadline: Applications should be received in time for adjudication by the end of March in the year of the Award. The Award is usually presented at the Society’s Annual Dinner to which the successful applicant (or representative of a Group) is invited as a guest of the Society. The Dinner is always held on the 13th June.
- Amount: £200 – £800.
- About: Grants are for BMC members, focused on younger climbers. Significant and innovative ascents should be planned.
- Deadline: Closing dates are the 1st November (for expeditions taking place before March the following year) or 1st March (for expeditions planned for the rest of that year).
- Amount: £50 – £500.
- About: Alpkit give money to individuals, groups, schools and organisations to enable outdoor experiences and expeditions that otherwise couldn’t happen; e.g. giving a cash grant to a school to fund transport costs. Alpkit also provide discounted equipment for purposeful adventures and expeditions to individuals, groups, schools and organisations at discounts that wouldn’t be viable without support from the Alpkit Foundation
- Deadline: No deadline but should be applied at least 3 months before the planned activity.
- Amount: £50 – £1000
- About: Need to be aged 18-24 and have a close connection to the City of London. Can be used for teaching overseas, community work, wildlife work and summer schools
- Deadline: Grants are awarded twice a year, in the late spring and late autumn for projects starting in six months.
- Amount:£1000 – £2000
- About: Charity that was established to perpetuate the memory of Sir Ranulph Fiennes Transglobe Expedition. Past recipients include Ed Stafford and Ollie Hicks.
- Deadline: No deadline, apply throughout the year.
- Amount: £2000 – £8000
- About: The SES seeks the rising stars who could become major players in the next generation of explorers, willing to take on risks in a sensible way and who share the values of grit, curiosity, integrity and leadership. A number of awards are available with the Scientific Exploration Society:
- SES Cadogan Tate Explorers Award – £2000
- The SES Gough Explorer Award – £4000
- The SES Rivers Foundation Award for Health & Humanities – £5000
- The SES Sir Charles Blois Explorer Award – £5000
- The SES Inspirational Explorer Award – £5000
- The SES Elodie Sanford Explorer Award – £8120
- The Neville Shulman Explorer Award – £7000
- Deadline: The SES Explorer Awards 2018 will be announced and launched in the Autumn of 2017. Check back to this page regularly as more will be added in due course.
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