Funding Climbing Expeditions

Ways of securing funding for your adventures.

Lord Rootes Memorial Fund

Over the years several University of Warwick climbers have secured funding for their trips from the Lord Rootes Memorial Fund.

The aim of the fund is to “encourage creativity, innovation and impact through support of projects by individual and groups of Warwick students, especially projects that: Demonstrate innovative and creative thinking; encourage personal development and challenge in pursuit of an idea or objective; create new enterprises, cultural initiatives and/or social impact”.

Past projects have combined climbing and mountaineering with social outputs such as fundraising, writing English language guidebooks and researching the cultural and economic impact of mountains.

Tips for Application Success

I got in contact with former WUUC exec member Ben Martyn who was awarded funding for his trip to Japan in 2014. He had the following tips for application success:

Past Project Reports

Successful applicants are required to write a report on their project in return for the funding. Several of these reports are linked below. Good luck!

Other Grants

The British Mountaineering Council has a long list of general mountaineering grants. It is worth looking at these to see if any might apply for your expedition. The BMC also has an expedition grant scheme of its own.

Conor on Streak of Lightning, Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
Tom, Chris and Tim in descent after summiting Alpamayo, Peru
Jack on the Ninja Ganeshi boulder, Japan