7 Adventure Grants for Women
Despite being hugely underrepresented in the adventure world, there still aren't many grants available that are specifically for supporting women adventurers. In fact, I could only find 7. A disappointing figure considering I searched through dozens of funding schemes, most of them littered with pictures of adventurous men and a long list of male winners.
Grants are a great way to raise the funds needed to get your adventure off the ground. They are often very competitive so my advice would be to try and stand out in the crowd - that will often translate to doing an expedition that is original, difficult and/or has a worthy cause or focus. For some more tips on adventure grant applications, have a read of How to Fund Your Adventure.
Of course, you are not limited to just female only grants, so apply to as many as you can that fit your challenge. A good place to start is looking at the lists compiled by RGS and the BMC. I also want to give a special mention to the Next Challenge Grant who provided funding for my Scoot the Loop adventurer. Women are well represented on the winner's list!
1 – Alison Chadwick Award for Women
The aim of the award is to further British and Polish women’s mountaineering in the Greater Ranges. Applications are made together with the Mount Everest Foundation application. Applications are made on the Mount Everest Foundation website
2 – Jen Higgins Grant for Young Women
The ACC is dedicated to helping young women pursue their adventure dreams. With annual cash grants from the Jen Higgins Fund. Teams must include a young woman who is central to conceiving, developing and leading the trip. Applications are made on the Alpine Club of Canada website.
3 – Julie Tullis Memorial Award
The Julie Tullis Memorial Award provides small grants to female mountaineers and disabled climbers or mountaineers to help them achieve their climbing or mountaineering ambitions. Applications are made on the BMC website
4 – Henrietta Hutton Memorial Fund
The Henrietta Hutton Memorial Fund offers two annual research grants of £500 each. They go to female students who intend to undertake field research overseas. Applications are made on the Royal Geographical Society website.
5 – Monica Cole Research Grant
The Monica Cole Research Grant offers £1,000 each year to a female physical geographer undergraduate. Or to a postgraduate student undertaking original fieldwork overseas. Applications are made on the Royal Geographical Society website.
6 – Adventure Trust for Girls
The fund assists applicants in their quest for adventure. Applicants must be female, aged 11‐18, and must live or attend school within eight miles of Exmouth Town Hall. Applications are made on the Turn2Us website.
7 – Grit & Rock First Female Ascents
The award, the largest of its kind globally, will fund a female-led expedition team on first ascent expeditions up to the amount of £5,000. Applications are made on the Grit & Rock website