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Expedition Fund & Grants (Expedition Fund & Grants)

Expedition Fund & Grants

2019 Expedition to South-east Renland in Greenland supported by the AAC(UK)zoom
2019 Expedition to South-east Renland in Greenland supported by the AAC(UK)

The Expedition Fund operates on funds entirely donated by AAC(UK) members.

It awards grants to members organising mountaineering expeditions if it considers such expeditions to be relevant to the Club’s aims, of a worthwhile nature and mindful of their possible impact on the environment and the Climate.

We are particularly keen to support small independent expeditions run and composed of younger members in the early stages of their mountaineering careers.

Rules for Grants
Grant Application Forms
Rules for Grants

There are various rules for expedition grants:

  1. Grants will only be awarded to expeditions which can demonstrate a worthwhile contribution to mountaineering e.g. new or pioneering routes and/or significant environmental/scientific aims. These are likely to be for the Greater Ranges or isolated areas.

  2. The grant applicant must be a current AAC(UK) member and only those expedition members who have at least three years continuous membership (including the year of the application) will qualify for a grant.

  3. Grants are allocated on a per person basis and are unlikely to exceed £500 per person or £1,500 per group.

  4. A member can only qualify for one grant per year. A member who applies in consecutive years will only be eligible for a maximum grant of £300 in the second and following years and the maximum grant for the group will be reduced to £1000. This does not apply to re-applications following postponements or cancellations of expeditions previously awarded grants.

  5. Grant applications must be received at least 2 months prior to the start of the expedition.

  6. Expeditions must be organised by Club members themselves and we cannot consider any expeditions which are organised by a commercial operator (except for support from local agents in the destination country).

  7. It is a condition of receiving an AAC(UK) grant that you comply with the current regulations of both your own country and the countries you propose to visit. These may include travel regulations or advice, payment of peak fees, the insurance and equipping of porters, the employment of a Liaison Office and the deposit of environmental, customs and rescue bonds.

  8. Before a grant is paid you must provide evidence that the expedition is going ahead e.g. travel bookings, and that you have purchased carbon offsets for all travel involved.

  9. Any grants paid must be returned if an expedition is cancelled or postponed to another year. For expeditions that are postponed a new application is required if there are any major changes, particularly of personnel.

  10. If an expedition is postponed to later in the year, or there are major changes in the proposed destination/group composition, the Committee must be informed so that any grant awarded can be reconsidered.

  11. In return for a grant, we expect to receive an Expedition Report (the format of AAC(UK) Expedition Reports is specified on our website). These reports will be made available in the members section of our website. In addition, we expect to receive either an article for the Club newsletter (1,000 words with accompanying photos in jpeg form – not embedded) or the presentation of a lecture to the AAC(UK) at one of our regular lecture venues in London and Reading (or possibly at our autumn AGM). It is possible for the lecture to be given virtually in order to avoid unnecessary travel. The AAC(UK) grant should also be mentioned in any other publications in which the expedition is featured.
Grant Application Forms

Application forms can be downloaded by clicking the links below. Completed application forms are to be sent to the Office at aac.office@aacuk.org.uk.

You should receive an acknowledgement of receipt within a few days of submitting your application.

If you wish to apply for a grant it is advisable that you contact the Chair of the Expedition Fund Committee (currently Mark Adams) at aac.expedition.fund@aacuk.org.uk to discuss your proposal before submitting an application.

Please log in through your My.Britannia account to access the grant forms.

Please log in to My.Britannia to access more details and full expedition reports.


18 Photos



£200 Trans Pyrenees winter crossing – Jan/Mar
£200 Pyrenees traverse – Mar


£500 Mount Kenya – Feb
£400 Pyrenees – Mar/Apr
£1,000 Mt Luciana, Canada – May/Jun
£200 Renland, Greenland – Jun/Jul
£350 82 Alpine peaks – Jun – Sep
£500 Ak Su / Kara Su, Kyrgyzstan – Jul/Aug
£600 Western Zaalaisky, Kyrgyzstan – Aug
£850 Lachama Khola, Nepal – Sep/Oct
£400 Chitral, Pakistan – Sep/Oct
£200 Tengkangpoche, Nepal – Sep – Nov


£500 Avellano, Patagonia – Jan
£800 North Liverpool Land, East Greenland – Apr/May
£1,000 Terskey Ala-Too, Tian Shan, Kyrgyzstan – Jul
£400 Singekang, Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, India – Jul/Aug
£700 Mulung Tokpo Valley, Zanskar , India – Sep
£550 Barnaj 2, Kishtwar Himalaya, India – Sep/Oct


£300 Fitzroy Massif, Patagonia – Jan/Feb
£250 Stauning Alps, Greenland – Apr/May
£300 Denali, USA – May
£400 Cordillera Blance, Peru – May/Jun
£600 British Shimshal Expedtion, Pakistan – Aug/Sep
£500 Upper Rassa Glacier, Ladakh, India – Sep/Oct
£450 British Arjuna expedition, Kishtwar Himal, India – Sep/Oct


£300 Eastern Alaska, Hayes Range, Peak 12360
£900 Eagle Ski Club, Mount Logan, Canada
£600 Northern Alichursky Mountains, Tajikistan
£300 Gangstang, Himachal Pradesh, India
£150 Vishnugarh, Garhwal, India
£400 Rasser Glacier, Nubra, Ladakh, India
£300 Mt Foraker, Alaska
£400 Muz Tok, Kyrgyzstan
£200 Peak Communism, Tajikistan
£400 Peak 6246m, Changla Himal, Nepal


£1,000 Hayes Range – Alaska
£800 Khan Tengri (Tien Shan)
£1,000 Revelations Range – Alaska
£800 Patagonia
£800 Muzkhol Range, Pamir Mountains – Tajikistan
£200 Zanskar – Indian Himalaya


£500 University of Cape Town Mountain & Ski Club expedition to the Garhwal Himalaya
£400 Spiti valley, India
£600 Djangart region of Kyrgyzstan
£600 Tajikistan to an unclimbed 6050m peak in the Muzkol range.

The AAC (UK) distributes funding to mountaineering expeditions run by its members if it considers such expeditions to be relevant to the Club’s aims and of a worthwhile nature. This funding has been entirely donated by our members for this specific purpose. We are particularly keen to support small independent expeditions run and composed of younger members in the early stages of their mountaineering careers.

The fund was already in existence in 1972 when I became Club Secretary but no records from that period have survived. Current records show that, from 2004 to 2017, 37 expeditions have received grants totalling £17,600. Grants are very small, being £150 – £200 per person, so about 100 members have been supported. In earlier years there were only one or two applications but, since 2014, there has been a marked increase and we have had to introduce quite stringent qualification ‘rules’. Our members seem to be getting to many far flung and remote mountain areas but, so far as I can remember, nothing to Africa!

Rassa glacier, Nubra valley, East Karakoram – Mike Cockerzoom
Rassa glacier, Nubra valley, East Karakoram – Mike Cocker
Lasarmu La, Humla, Nepal – Simon Verspeakzoom
Lasarmu La, Humla, Nepal – Simon Verspeak



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