Explorers Connect


SES Explorer Awards 2016

FundingJames Hipkiss


SES Explorer Awards 2016 - The Scientific Exploration Society's search for true ‪#PioneerswithPurpose‬ is back for the third year!We seek to support rising stars leading expeditionscombining adventure with science - and will educate, inspire and leave a lasting impression. Could that be you? Full details of the outstanding range of Awards at www.ses-explore.org/awards. Please share far and wide! Pictured is SES Neville Shulman Film Award 2015 winner Giulia Grimaldi, diving off the Kamchatka peninsular, Russia.


North Pole Questions

How-to, FundingJames Hipkiss


Hey there guys and gals,

I am in the process of gathering information and the logistics of successfully doing an expedition to the North Pole and back from Canada. Has anyone done this before? If so, I would love to get in contact with you and ask you a few questions.

Best Regards,


Gulf/Keys Row

How-to, FundingJames Hipkiss


In 2012 I rowed on board The Limited Intelligence, an ocean row boat which has successfully completed three ocean crossings.

Ours was a much shorter trip, about 6 days of rowing through the Florida Keys. We spent a day on the Atlantic during the duration of the trip and enjoyed the experiences, from battling storms at the start to encountering marine wildlife.

This gave me a taste for open ocean rowing and I would love to complete a longer journey in the future.


Raleigh International Expedition 2015

Funding, How-toJames Hipkiss

This autumn I will be heading to Costa Rica and Nicaragua to act as a Spanish interpreter and volunteer project manager for the sustainable development charity Raleigh International.

For three months I will lead a group of 12 young volunteers as they work on environmental- and community-based projects in remote locations across the two countries. Raleigh has a long history of excellent work in the region - and across the world - and has a strong emphasis on the personal development of the volunteers, as well as providing opportunities for underprivileged young people from the UK to get involved.

Contact: keententacle@gmail.com

The Next Challenge Expedition Grant

FundingJames Hipkiss

The Next Challenge Expedition Grant is a 400 bursary for adventure.It is open for anyone to apply but the focus is on smaller, self-organised expeditions on a budget from those who have not done much of this sort of thing before.

The 2015 application deadline is July 19th.Read more and apply online at: www.thenextchallenge.org/grant

Document your adventure

FundingJames Hipkiss

We're looking for some adventurous story creators for our new app bundu. We are offering incentive packages - such as goodie bags containing mics, min-tripods, remotes and selfie sticks worth in excess of 50 for the best content we receive.if you are interested in contributing, and sharing your content with us, simply download the app from the App store:https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/bundu/id953121678?mt=8...and then drop us a line athello@bunduapp.comand then provide a number to which you can share the stories you create.

Only the top 20 stories will win a goodie bag. Get creative!


Looking for advice on getting into the Expedition industry

Funding, EC CommunityJames Hipkiss


Good morning everybody!

My names William, 21 years of age and a bit of young gun but dying to get into the expedition scene and I'm currently backpacking Cambodia. I'll be here for another week to pick up my visa for Vietnam so I can spend a month motorbiking through the country. Anyways, I have till august to decide if I want to attend university this fall which I will if I'm unable to work something out in the mean time. I'm quite bored of the backpacking life style. I could care less about sitting on beaches, night life and tourist attractions. I almost feel like there's something wrong with me. People dream of backpacking the world and so did I. I worked for two years to be able to do this. But I'm already bored of it.

Sure I could spend money on pre-packaged excursions but I think they are ridiculous and not that exciting. Those tours are designed for nothing to go wrong and I hate that.I grew up in Utah, surrounded by sports and the out doors. For me every weekend was an injury. I've dabbled in Boxing, MMA, Football, snowboarding, wakeboarding, longboarding, skateboarding, dirt bikes, four wheelers, street bikes,mountain biking, rock climbing, cliff jumping, kayaking, rafting,repelling, raced through the sand dunes, I even used to climb up the mountain I lived on in a T shirt and shorts and tennis shoes just to see how far i could make it when you'd still be sinking up to your waist in snow. I'm recently PADI certified, CPR and CERT certified but could probably use a refresher.I used to run 16 miles a day when i didn't have a carto see my girlfriend, rain or snow. And have a reputation of pushing myself to do things most sane people wouldn't do. Getting the shit beat out of me, literally puts a smile on my face.The more uncomfortable the situation, the more comfortable I am.

I love being knee deep in a shit situation that freaks other people out. Its not so much that I'm an adrenaline junkie either, because I don't feel like I am. I just enjoy pushing myself and understand the cause and effects of situations.I have big aspirations for my life like most and i don't want to waste my time. I'm putting this out there as a call for help, I've looked and asked around for about a year now. I've realised the backpacking lifestyle isn't for me. I need something a bit more rough. Something that involves brother hood. I want to be put in situations where each others survival lies completely in one another hands and all we have is each others trust in the middle of god damn nowhere.I don't have a lot of money, but I don't need much. I'm currently down to a single T shirt and have been showering in my clothes for the last month to keep them clean.If there's anyone out there, I'll work and earn my keep in the remotest places on the planet. Scorching sun to killer blizzards I'm your man. I might not be as experience as others my age, but I love to learn and I'll put everything I have into making sure the teams taken care of.

Cheers, from Cambia-William


Donations/sponsorship for Kilimanjaro Climb in aid of Worldwide Cancer Research!

EC Community, FundingJames Hipkiss

Hi all,

My name is Lauren, in August this year i am hoping to head to Tanzania to trek up Mount.Kilimanjaro in aid of Worldwide Cancer Research.

I am currently hoping to find sponsorship from individuals who, like myself, love an adventure and like to help out in any way they can!If this sounds like something you'd be interested in helping out with then please drop me an email at lmcguire96@live.co.uk for more info and my authorisation credentials from the charity.

Thank you, take care all!

How do I approach/ get sponsorship for an expedition?

FundingJames Hipkiss

I have a plan for an expedition which I think a university may be interested in providing financial sponsorship for. However, I have no previous experience of organising an expedition.

The expedition would be dependent on some financial funding, so it would not be possible to go ahead with the organising process without it.

How should I approach the university to ask if they would be interested, and at what stage of the process? As much detail as possible would be extremely helpful.


Kukri Adventure Scholarship

FundingJames Hipkiss


I just wanted to give you a heads up on the Kukri Adventure Schoalrship. We have 20,000 fund to give to people who are taking part in an adventure next year, the only criteria are:- You must be over 18 when you start your adventure - You must be starting in 2013- You must be based in the UK or Ireland- You can't be taking part in an organised event. To enter all you need to do initially is make a 2 minute video of why you think you should get some or all of the funding and post it on the KAStab of www.facebook.com/kukrieventsWe have an expert panel to judge the video's and advise the winners including, Mark Beaumont, Sarah Outen and Ken Hames. Your trip can be doing anything, running, climbing, flying, sailing swimming, driving, riding etc. We don't want to hold your inventiveness back so go for it.

Along with the prize money you will also receive Kukri kit, PR support, website social media and technical support. If you get a scholarship place we want to give you every chance of success in your adventure.

The official launch isn't until 8th October so you members of Explorers Connect are getting a head start!For more information go to http://www.kukrievents.com/events/kukri-adventure-scholarship/Good luckCrispin(MDKukri Events)

Grants: Mountaineering and Climbing

FundingJames Hipkiss

Peter MacKeith Climbing Grant (Alaska Alpine Club) The Peter MacKeith Memorial Endowment Fund for Climbing was established in 1981 by the family of Peter MacKeith, late president of the Alaska Alpine Club, in honor of Peter's love for climbing and of his climbing achievements in Alaska, Afghanistan, Greenland, and Iceland. The Alaska Alpine Club (AAC) was given the responsibility of distributing the earnings from the endowment for the purpose of supporting worthwhile mountaineering ventures by Club members in Alaska or elsewhere in the world. Five percent of the fund is available for grants each year. There are two deadlines for submission of proposals - December 31 and March 31. 2.5% of the fund is available for the December 31 period with the balance being available for the second period. The fund is not allowed to drop below $10,000. https://sites.google.com/a/alaska.edu/alaska-alpine-club/peter-mackeith-grant New Zealand Alpine Club NZAC members planning an overseas trip with defined and significant climbing objectives can apply for a grant from the Club's Expedition Fund. Assistance may be given for rock climbing but, because of the smaller financial commitment for such trips, they are less likely to qualify. Trekking trips with climbs of minor peaks or informal trips without defined objectives do not usually qualify. Grants are only made to Club members. Deadlines 31st January and 31st July each year. http://alpineclub.org.nz/climb/expedition-fund

Austrian Alpine Club (UK) Expedition Fund Donations to this Fund enable our section to help finance expeditions by AAC(UK) members. Since 2004, AAC(UK) donated 350 to a 'Greenland White Sea Expedition, 250 to 'Exercise Tasmanian Dragon', 500 to a Scottish Huayhuash expedition to Ecuador, 200 to an expedition to the Miyar Nala region of India, 450 to a Cambridge University Caving Club expedtion to the Dachstein Alps and 500 to a two-man expedition to Kyrgyzstan. http://www.aacuk.org.uk/ Mount Everest Foundation British and New Zealand expeditions proposing mountaineering exploration or research in high mountain regions.Up to 1,700, deadlines are August 31st and December 31st. www.mef.org.uk

Mark Clifford Expedition Grant Preference will be given to young mountaineers in new climbing areas that take the pressure off Honey-pot regions, ambitious first ascents, educational or scientific new projects or wild remote explorations - especially in the international ranges. The grant is up to 2,000 in any one application, and intended to assist small teams - two people teams preferred - with high ambitions in the mountains but small pockets! Up to 2,000. www.markclifford.co.uk The Mugs Stump Award Applications are reviewed for how they further the legacy of Mugs Stump with climbs proposed in the spirit of adventure and exploration, and that emphasize light, fast, leave-no-trace climbing. Award applicants are evaluated on the strength of their objective, the strength of their team, and on an objective that raises the bar defining what is possible in alpinism today. Applications are due by December 1 and trips must be taken between March, of the year awarded, and the following February. Winners will be announced by January 31st of each year. http://mugsstumpaward.com/ Mount Everest Foundation Alison Chadwick Memorial Grant To further British and Polish women's mountaineering in the greater ranges. Up to 300, deadlines are August 31st and December 31st. www.mef.org.uk Nick Estcourt Award Expeditions attempting an objective of mountaineering significance. This might be a previously unclimbed face, ridge or summit or a repeat of an existing route in more challenging style or conditions. Applications are considered solely in terms of their mountaineering merit; other objectives are not taken into account.

Up to 1,500, deadline December 31st each year. www.nickestcourtaward.org/ American Alpine Club Mountaineering Fellowship Grant Looking to push your limits? Twenty-five or younger? Fuel your inspiration with a Mountaineering Fellowship Grant. Started in 1966, Mountaineering Fellowship Grants have long encouraged American climbers age 25 years and younger to go into remote areas and seek out climbs more difficult than they might ordinarily be able to do. Unexplored mountain ranges, unclimbed peaks, and difficult new routes will be looked upon with favor. The grants are made available through the Boyd N. Everett, Jr. Memorial Fund, the John R. Hudson Memorial Fund, the Rick L. Mosher Memorial Fund, Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI Challenge Fund), and from annual contributions from the public. Grants are usually between $300 and $800 and help to cover travel, gear, or other expenses that you need to make your dream a reality. Deadlines are the 1st April and 1st November each year. http://www.americanalpineclub.org/grants/g/9/Mountaineering-Fellowship-Grant Scott Fischer Memorial Conservation Grant The American Alpine Club established the Scott Fischer Memorial Conservation Fund in memory of Scott Fischer, who lost his life on Mount Everest in May 1996. The goal is to help fund environmentally proactive expeditions to mountain regions throughout the world. To qualify, expeditions should meet the following criteria:Propose a well-planned mountain conservation projects. Projects attempting to remove past expeditions' garbage and equipment or similar projects are given priority. Expeditions must exceed normal expedition clean-up procedures as outlined by the host country or land manager. Awards are typically around $300. Applications before March 1st. http://www.americanalpineclub.org/grants/g/11/Scott-Fischer-Memorial-Conservation-Grant

Lyman Spitzer Cutting Edge Climbing Award - Through the generous contribution of Lyman Spitzer, Jr., a long-time American Alpine Club member and lover of the mountains, the AAC initiated the Lyman Spitzer Climbing Grants Program. This program promotes state-of-the-art, cutting-edge climbing through financial support of small, lightweight climbing teams attempting bold first ascents or difficult repeats of the most challenging routes in the world's great mountain ranges. $12,000 is awarded annually to three to six endeavors that best meet the criteria for cutting-edge climbing. December 1st deadline for expeditions departing no later than December 31st of the next year. http://www.americanalpineclub.org/grants/g/7/Lyman-Spitzer-Cutting-Edge-Award

Army Mountaineering Association The AMA frequently awards grants to its members, subject to certain conditions, to assist with the financial burden of participating in an expedition. The Grants Sub-Committee reviews every application on its own merits, and awards a grant depending on factors such as technical mountaineering or climbing content and personal financial contribution. http://www.armymountaineer.org.uk/expeds/grants.html Chris Walker Memorial Trust This grant is designed to encourage and support Exploration of the Greater Ranges . 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. 1,000 per year, deadline is the 1st December each year. The award may be given to one applicant or be split between two applicants. Successful applicants will be expected to provide a summary expedition report and photos for use on our website. http://www.chriswalkertrust.co.uk/exploration-expedition-fund/ The Petzl Foundation Acting on behalf of the environment was already part of the Petzl companys practices.The Petzl Foundation supports projects while focusing on the balance between man and his cultural, economic and ecological environment.

Beyond offering only financial support, the Petzl Foundation will follow you through your project. The project should - aim to protect natural areas whose natural and leisure environments are directly threatened anywhere in the world - link with the outdoor activities like rock climbing, mountaineering, or for the professional area, work at height - focus on core problems and relate to preventive and not curative action (for example, pollution clean-up projects will not be selected) - directly involve the public, - have a timeline and be results-oriented, with quantifiable objectives - be sustainable: have a cycle of a minimum of one to two years, - create true public consensus - be proposed by a non-profit organization. http://www.fondation-petzl.org/en/propose-project This list will be added to as we learn of new opportunities, if you hear of any new grants or know of any which are not listed here then please write to us using the blue SEND A MESSAGE button at the top or post a Comment below."

Grants: General Adventure and Expeditions

FundingJames Hipkiss

Land Rover Go Beyond Bursary - The Land Rover Go Beyond Bursary, run by the Royal Geographical Society on behalf of Land Rover, offers funding and the use of a 110 Defender vehicle.The award is aimed at those who want to take a journey beyond their limits and boundaries, that offers challenges for the team and for which a Land Rover Defender 110 is an integral part of the expedition.Your journey may connect you with schools, local communities or projects but, whatever its aim, the team will be expected to inspire and engage others, both from the field and on return.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. Deadline November each yearwww.rgs.org

Journey of a Lifetime - The Journey of a Lifetime Award, given by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), in partnership with BBC Radio 4, offers you the chance to make a journey of a lifetime and to tell the world about it in a memorable piece of radio documentary-making. For those with a genuine curiosity about the world around them, the Journey of a Lifetime is a grant of 5,000 for an original and inspiring journey anywhere in the world. The winner will receive training in radio broadcasting from the BBC and will record their experiences for a BBC Radio 4 documentary.The aim of the award is to inspire an interest in the people and places of the world and to discover new radio broadcasting talent. Deadline Sept/Oct each year.

www.rgs.orgPalestinianExploration FundFunding travel and research in Palestine. Deadline 31st January each year.

http://www.pef.org.uk/grants/Plas y Brenin Awards and BursariesA range of awards and bursaries supporting the training of prospective outdoor leaders and professionals.http://www.pyb.co.uk/awards.phpMyles

Robinson Memorial TrustIn addition to Raleigh International The Myles Robinson Memorial Trust provides Myles Robinson bursaries through Lattitude Global Volunteering (www.lattitude.org) and Snow-Camp (www.snow-camp.org.uk).

The Myles Robinson trustees will be involved in the application process and there is information on the Trust on the websites. Details of the bursary awards are on the relevant pages.http://www.mylesrobinson.co.uk/The Challenger Trust Bursary - Young people taking part in overseas expeditions whose family or financial circumstances have changed dramatically, preventing them from continuing with their project.http://www.challengertrust.org/Winston Churchill Memorial TrustVarious categories each year including the Mike Jones Award for canoeing, and often one on exploration and adventure.

No educational or professional qualifications are needed. British citizens only. Average grant 3,000.

www.wcmt.org.ukAndy Fanshawe Memorial Trust GrantIf you are under 26 and lack funding for a climbing expedition or other outdoor initiative, then you could qualify for a grant from the Andy Fanshawe Memorial Trust. The Trust could also help fund your place on a training course, provided your primary reason for attending it is for personal development rather than professional qualifications.www.andyfanshawe.orgCaptain Scott Society Spirit of Adventure AwardFor individuals or expeditions displaying similar spirit of adventure so nobly demonstrated by Captain Scott and The British Antarctic Expedition of 1910. Average 2000, deadline March 1st each year.www.captainscottsociety.co.ukCaptain Scott Society Sir Vivian Fuchs Young Adventure AwardFor young person aged between 11 and 19, displaying similar spirit of adventure so nobly demonstrated by Captain Scott and The British Antarctic Expedition of 1910. Average 500, deadline March 1st each year. www.captainscottsociety.co.uk

Young Explorers Trust Jim Bishop Memorial Trust - Open to individuals under 19 years taking part in adventurous activities at home or abroad. Up to 500, deadlines May 1st and December 1st each year. www.theyet.org/pages/Grants_and_Approvals.html

Eagle Ski Club Georgina Travers Award - For ski mountaineering expeditions and training courses. Up to 1,000, deadline October 1st each year.www.eagleskiclub.org.uk/gtform.html

Polartec Challenge Grants - Every year world-class athletes benefit from the Polartec Challenge, an international award program encouraging the spirit and practice of outdoor adventure. From the sharp granite cliffs of Southern Africa to heights of the Himalayas, these men and women are dedicated to the pursuit of excitement and discovery. Over the past 20 years Polartec has supported hundreds of expeditions around the world through the Polartec Challenge, an international grant program encouraging outdoor adventure.

The Polartec Challenge Grant seeks to assist teams who respect the local culture and environment and serve as role models to outdoor enthusiasts worldwide. Applications are evaluated on the basis of vision, commitment, educational and cultural value. The Polartec Challenge is not the appropriate venue for projects that involve competition or fund raising.http://polartec.com/polartec-challenge/The Ullysses TrustAll Volunteer Reserve Forces units (including University Units) and Cadets are eligible.

Exceptionally grants will be made to individuals, particularly where it can be shown that an appropriate unit expedition is not readily available and that there will be long term benefit to the unit. In the case of Cadets, individuals going on approved civilian run cadet expeditions will be supported through a Cadet HQ or association. Examples of civilian organisations likely to be approved are: British Schools Exploring Society, Outposts, Raleigh International, Trekforce and World Challenge. In the past, grants have ranged from 1,500 for major expeditions involving larger numbers to 500 for less ambitious ventures and smaller numbers.

Occasionally, larger sums, for instance 10,000 or more, have been made to major expeditions, though for these it is essential to discuss them with the Hon Secretary and apply a year ahead.http://www.ulyssestrust.co.uk/base.php?f=applThe North Face Explore FundThe Explore Fund will support organizations that encourage youth outdoor participation, focusing primarily on creating more connections of children to nature, increasing access to both front backcountry recreation, as well as providing education for both personal environmental health. Grants will be given up to $2,500, and to maximise the impact of The Explore Fund. http://www.explorefund.org/The Earth and Space Foundation Betty Adamson Award

The Betty Adamson Expedition Award will be administered in arbitrary years to an expedition linking Earth and space exploration that demonstrates a sense of adventure slightly out of the ordinary and that demonstrates a willingness to pursue an objective whose outcome is not certain. Current Value: 400/$650.http://www.earthandspace.org/betty.html

The Earth and Space Awards - Using the Earth to help understand other worlds and create a space faring civilisation. Most expeditions are eligible. They include university expeditions and other expeditions from private or non-profit organisations and government expeditions. Awards are currently the equivalent of 250 or $500 each. http://www.earthandspace.org/annual.html

Welsh Sports Association Overseas Expedition Grants - This scheme helps fund overseas expeditions that will enhance the development of a sport.Grants are limited to a contribution of up to 50 per cent of the costs of travel, safety equipment and other essential materials. Expeditions should be ground-breaking and priority will be given to Welsh based expeditions where the majority of members are Welsh. Successful applications have traditionally come from mountaineering, caving, cave diving, canoeing and paragliding. But the Welsh Sports Association is happy to consider applications from other outdoor activities, providing the expedition is ground breaking and likely to enhance the development of that activity. All applications will be considered on merit, and after consultation with the appropriate National Governing Body. http://www.welshsports.org.uk/index.asp

Neville Shulman Challenge Award - The Neville Shulman Challenge Award, first given in 2001, is an annual award of 10,000, established for the Society by Neville Shulman CBE and his associates. The Neville Shulman Challenge 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 expeditions. Applications are invited from both individuals and groups. Deadline: September each year - www.rgs.org

The Wilderness Award - The Wilderness Award is a cash award made to a UK resident over the age of 18 who intends to travel overseas, returning before 31st January of the following year, to undertake an unusual and adventurous objective in a geographically remote wilderness area. Award currently set at 650.00http://www.wildernesslectures.com/wilderness_award/This list will be added to as we learn of new opportunities, if you hear of any new grants or know of any which are not listed here then please write to us using the blue SEND A MESSAGE button at the top or post a Comment below.

Grants: Polar and Arctic Expeditions

FundingJames Hipkiss

Scott Polar Research Institute Arctic Club Award The Arctic Club Award is given to an expedition selected from those who apply to the Gino Watkins Memorial Fund. It is given, usually annually, to a sporting rather than a scientific expedition composed of young people. Up to 1,500, deadline January 31st each year. www.spri.cam.ac.uk/about/funding/ginowatkins/form.pdf Augustine Courtauld Trust Assisting expeditions to the Arctic or Antarctic, up to 2,000, deadline March 1st each year. www.augustinecourtauldtrust.org

The Gino Watkins Memorial Fund The Gino Watkins Memorial Fund, under the joint trusteeship of the University of Cambridge and the Royal Geographical Society, gives grants towards expeditions that meets its objectives of guiding and inspiring enterprising young people towards scientific research and exploration in the polar regions. The Fund is grateful to the Augustine Courtauld Trust for its continuing financial support. The Fund was set up in 1933 in the memory of Henry George (Gino) Watkins who had drowned, whilst kayaking, off the coast of East Greenland the previous summer. The purpose of the Fund is to inspire and guide enterprising, particularly young, people towards exploration and research in the polar regions. http://www.spri.cam.ac.uk/about/funding/ginowatkins/

Andrew Croft Memorial Fund The Andrew Croft Memorial Fund was established in 1998 to preserve for future generations the life, spirit and hopes of Colonel Andrew Croft DSO OBE, Arctic explorer and wartime commando. Aims at supporting the advancement and education of young people by the provision of grants in support of Arctic expeditions. http://www.acmf.org.uk/

The Arctic Club Award The Arctic Club Award was established at the start of the new millennium, to support young enthusiasts on adventurous expeditions to the arctic regions. The fund is administered by the The Gino Watkins Memorial Fund. Each year they can designate one or more expeditions as recipients of an Arctic Club Award. The chosen expeditions receive a combined grant from the Gino Watkins Fund and the Arctic Club Award. Members of each expedition will be invited to the next annual Arctic Club dinner. http://www.arcticclub.org.uk/award.html

Scottish Arctic Club The Club has a small expedition fund from which it can make modest awards to encourage young people to explore the Arctic. The size and number of awards made is determined by the relevance of the application and the funds currently held. Awards may be given to either individuals or small groups. Awards favour small independent expeditions being undertaken by people under 30 years of age with strong Scottish connections. Expeditions must be to the Arctic. http://www.scottisharcticclub.org.uk/wp/expedition-grants/ T