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Financial Grants and Awards

 

 
Summaries of Grants and Awards
To Make a Donation
Other Mountaineering Grants

Photo: Christine Fordham

The Alpine Club of Canada offers permanent funds to which people may apply for financial support for their mountain-related projects and initiatives. These funds are the Environment Fund, the Jen Higgins Memorial Fund, and the Jim Colpitts Memorial Fund. Support is provided in the form of modest annual grants to individuals and groups who are judged as best meeting specified selection criteria.

The ACC is also in partnership with the John Lauchlan Award - a cash award designed to assist expeditions of Canadian mountaineers and explorers.

The Karl Nagy Memorial Award is granted to aspiring guides and amateur leaders in alternating years. The award consists of a trip to the Club's General Mountaineering Camp, where the award recipient is able to shadow and learn from full guides.

Members are encouraged to donate to any ACC fund, as it is solely through donations that these funds exist and grow.


Grants and Awards

Environment Fund

The purpose of the Environment Fund is to provide individuals or groups financial support in their pursuit of activities that contribute to the protection and preservation of mountain and climbing environments, including the preservation of alpine flora and fauna in their natural habitat. For more information and an application form, click here.

Jen Higgins Memorial Fund

The Jen Higgins Memorial Fund was established in 1997 "to promote alpine-related outdoor pursuits for young women". Applications from young, female members of the Alpine Club of Canada will be considered. For more information and an application form, click here.

Jim Colpitts Memorial Fund

The Jim Colpitts Memorial Fund was established in 1991 for the purpose of assisting young people in pursuit of mountain-related training courses such as avalanche training, wilderness first aid, rock/crevasse rescue, mountain leadership training, ACMG training, etc. If you are between the ages of 17 and 24, you may apply for up to $500. For more information and an application form, click here.

John Lauchlan Award

The John Lauchlan Memorial Award is a cash award designed to assist expeditions of Canadian mountaineers and explorers. The award exists to perpetuate the bold and adventurous spirit which John Lauchlan exemplified in his mountain exploits. Specifically, the award strives to promote the development of Canadian mountaineers at an international level through the support of worthy expeditions and mountainous adventures. Award sponsors include Mountain Equipment Co-op, Arc'teryx, Tony and Gillean Daffern, Bill Hanlon, Don Milliken, Explore Magazine, Integral Designs, Lake O'Hara Lodge and the Calgary Foundation. The award is administered by the Alpine Club of Canada. The deadline for applications is September 30 each year. Watch the Mountain Equipment Co-op video about the award. For more information, click here.

Karl Nagy Memorial Award

The Karl Nagy Memorial Award is granted to aspiring guides and amateur leaders in alternating years. The award consists of a trip to the Club's General Mountaineering Camp, where the award recipient is able to shadow and learn from full guides. For more information and an application form, click here.

Unless otherwise noted, the annual application deadline for the above grants and awards is January 31.


To Make a Donation

Through the generosity of our members we are able to complete many projects which otherwise might never have been. Donations to specific funds or for general purposes are encouraged and can be made at any time to the national office. An official tax receipt can be issued for both cash donation and donations in kind. Click here to make a donation.

 
   
 
 
    VISION: Preserving, practicing and promoting Canadian mountain culture and self-propelled alpine pursuits.
Préserver, pratiquer et promouvoir la culture alpine canadienne et les activités non motorisées en montagne.