The Alpine Club, the world’s first mountaineering club, was founded in 1857.  For over 150 years, members have been at the leading edge of worldwide mountaineering development and exploration. 

With membership, experienced and aspiring alpinists benefit from a varied meets programme, regional lectures with notable guest speakers, reduced rates at many alpine huts, opportunity to apply for grants to support expeditions, significant discounts at many UK retailers, extensive networking contacts, access to the AC Library and maps - and more! 

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THE MONTANE ALPINE CLUB CLIMBING FUND GRANTS 

Montane Alpine Climbing Club Fund ( MACCF) grants are available twice a year for both official Alpine Club ( AC) expeditions and independent private expeditions involving members of the AC. Grants range from £575 to £1725 per expedition.

Preference is given to expeditions by students and younger members, and to those who have not previously received a grant.

Grants are usually given to expeditions attempting new routes or first ascents in high and / or hard to reach mountain ranges e.g. the Himalaya and Karakoram ranges. Grants will now not typically be given for the more well- travelled mountain areas in Central Alaska, Patagonia, or Greenland (unless the applicants are young members who are new to expeditionary climbing).  First ski ascents or descents are not usually supported.

A new feature of the grants is that they may now be awarded to teams attempting early repeats of technical routes, especially on 7000m and 8000m mountains, and/or if they aim to improve on the style of earlier ascents.

It should be noted that the amount awarded will be reduced pro-rata for each non-member in the expedition team e.g. A four person team awarded £800 will have £200 deducted for each non-member (or member who has received a grant in the last 2 years) in the party. The full conditions for receiving a grant are given below.

Applications should can be made with the Mount Everest Foundation application form and sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CLICK HERE for examples of expeditions that have been supported.

The next award will be November 2017. The deadline for applications is 31st October 2017. Awards will be given again in March 2018, with a deadline of the 28 February 2018.

Conditions for Receiving Montane Alpine Club Climbing Fund (MACCF) Grants

To receive a grant, the applicant must:

1) have been an AC member (full or aspirant) for two years prior to the deadline date for the grant for which they are applying.

2) not have received an ACCF grant in the last two years (unless the expedition is considered Exceptional- see below).

3) agree to  acknowledge the Montane AC Climbing Fund in any news, publications, reports or talks arising from this expedition.

4) agree to provide the Club with a short summary (c250 words) of the trip (with at least two good photos) for the AC and Montane web sites (same report) soon after returning. We would like the Alpine Club and Montane outlets to be able to report on your expedition at the same time as (or ideally before) other climbing news outlets.

5)  agree to provide a full report on the  expedition with a number of images in digital form (email or CD) within three months of return. If the expedition has also received an MEF grant a copy of the report to the MEF will be ideal. This will be used on AC and Montane websites.

6) agree to give a lecture to the Club for which the Club will reimburse travel expenses.

7) agree to provide a short write up for the AC Newsletter or AC Journal, as appropriate.

8)  agree that photos supplied with the expedition reports will be for the Club to use as they wish and Montane to use on their website and social media with any profit being split 50/50 with the photographer. Copyright will remain with the photographer.

9) agree for one or more expedition members to make an effort to attend any potential launch event for the grant recipients for which travel expenses will be reimbursed.

10) agree to be contacted by Montane to discuss potential further support arrangements for the expedition.

Exceptional expeditions are those that are attempting routes of international significance. Typically these routes will be much coveted, aesthetic, and technically difficult.