Let’s face it, going on a grand adventure can cost a lot of money. Often times the road blocks to pursuing after our big goals isn’t motivation or preparation, but not having the funds to truly get our dream expeditions off the ground. If a lack of cash has been the one thing keeping you from launching a once-in-a-lifetime excursion –– never fear, because Outside magazine is here to help.
Outside recently posted an article to its website entitled “How to Fund Your Adventure,” sharing some of the best grants that are available for those looking to raise funds to get their big idea off the ground. Each entry on the list include the amount of the grant of course, with most offering thousands of dollars, but also when the application deadline is, what the grant covers, and the level of expertise required. Some of the grants are awarded to experienced explorers, while others are aimed at helping newcomers get their first expedition up and running.
In total, there are 10 different grants to sift through on this list, although there are certainly many more out there to be discovered. Still, this is a comprehensive starting point for those looking for funding and include grants from the likes of National Geographic, the American Alpine Club, Grit & Rock, and others. The award money ranges from as little as $85 to more than $10,000, depending on the organization and the grant. Some have important stipulations to be aware of too, for instance the Nat Geo grant listed here is designed to assist those starting off their careers and thus no PhDs are allowed.
This is by no means a complete and comprehensive list of the grants that are available, and there are numerous others to be found on the web. For instance, Nat Geo has several others that aren’t mentioned, but can be found on the organization’s website. Still, it is a good starting point if you have a plan for an expedition and are looking for a little monetary assistance to get things started. Several of the grants listed in the Outside article also have multiple recipients, meaning they award the money to several individuals or teams, increasing the chance that you might be selected. The point of nearly all of these awards is to assist new explorers and would-be adventurers to get their project up and running, making just about any of us good candidates.
Check out the entire list here.