Expedition Fund and Grants

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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.

If you wish to support the Expedition fund, contributions can be made when you join or renew your membership; or you can send a cheque payable to “Austrian Alpine Club (UK) Limited” to the AAC(UK) Office; or pay using debit/credit card details via the Online Shop.

2019 South-east Renland in Greenland

There are various rules for expedition grants:

  1. The expedition applicant must be an AAC(UK) member before submitting the application and only those expedition members who are AAC(UK) members in the year in which the expedition takes place will qualify for a grant. Normally, we would expect people to have at least one year’s previous membership to preclude membership which has been taken solely to obtain expedition funds and Club insurance.
  2. Grants are allocated on a per person basis to members only, and are unlikely to exceed £500 per person with a maximum grant of £1,500 per group.
  3. A member can only qualify for one grant per year. A member who applies in consecutive years will only be allowed £300.
  4. The expedition budget must show how much each member plans to contribute to expedition expenses.
  5. Grants will only be awarded to expeditions which can show a worthwhile contribution to mountaineering, new or pioneering routes, sporting, environmental or scientific aims. These are likely to be for the Greater Ranges or isolated areas.
  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 important that you comply with the current regulations of the countries you propose to visit. These may include 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. It is a condition of receiving an AAC grant that all political requirements are satisfied.
  8. Before a grant is paid you must show that you have purchased carbon offsets for all travel involved.
  9. If an expedition is cancelled, any grants paid must be returned.
  10. If an expedition is postponed to another year (eg because of injury or political considerations), any grants paid must be returned and a new application submitted.
  11. If an expedition is postponed to later in the grant year, or there are major changes in the proposed destination/group composition, the Club must be informed so that any grant can be reconsidered.
  12. In return for a grant we expect to receive a report for the Club newsletter (1,000 words with  accompanying jpeg photos not embedded), a longer report for our web site 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).  The AAC(UK) grant should also be mentioned in any other publications in which the expedition is featured.

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.

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

Bivouac on British Arjuna expedition 2017 – Ben Silvestre

Previous grants have been made to:


£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.

[Updated 31 August 2021]

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