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Grants for Expeditions & Travel

By: Kevin Watson MSc - Updated: 20 Jun 2019 | comments*Discuss
 
Expeditions Travel Grants Award Teams

Anyone with an idea for an unusual expedition abroad, or for a trip that has a purpose other than a holiday, should seek details about available grants. There’s a wide range of bodies willing to help with the cost of mounting an expedition. Some of them are also able to attract publicity and further sponsorship.

Don’t Delay

It’s vital, though, to start looking for support without delay. Some grant applications can take a while to process. Others lay down criteria that an expedition team may not be able to meet straightaway.

Universities

One common source of expedition funding is universities. University College London (UCL), for example, has an expeditions and travel committee.

The UCL committee makes annual awards of expedition grants to teams of students who wish to explore challenging environments around the globe. These environments must demand unique team and organisational skills.

Individual UCL students can also apply for travel grants. Again, the travel must be challenging. It should also have a clear purpose and require personal initiative.

Another instance of a higher education body with a travel and education committee is the University of East Anglia. The committee not only gives grants to students who wish to travel; it also suggests additional sources of finance.

Royal Geographical Society

The Royal Geographical Society has grants available for teachers, researchers, postgraduates and undergraduates.

The Society has a total of around 25 grants and awards. These provide funds to 40 – 50 teams each year.

The Journey of a Lifetime award, for example, is for a trip to any destination on the planet. The funding is £4,000.

The Neville Shulman Challenge Award goes to a team that increases understanding of the world through exploration. The amount of the award is up to £8,000.

YET

The Young Explorers’ Trust (YET) has a grant scheme for anyone under 19. The purpose of the scheme is to help young people engage in adventurous expeditions. Such expeditions must have YET approval.Other YET awards include the David Hollier Expedition Award and the Stephenson Expedition Award.

The David Hollier Award does not insist on certain criteria. But successful applicants usually have connections with scouting or the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.

The Stephenson Expedition Award generally goes to polar expeditions.

Gilchrist Educational Trust

The Gilchrist Educational Trust in West Sussex has grants of £1,000 - £2,000 for small or medium-sized expedition teams. A team must intend to conduct scientific research. Team members must also be willing to contribute their own money towards expedition costs.

British Mountaineering Council

The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) can supply money for international climbing expeditions. Applicants must be BMC members. They should also show that a grant would make a substantial difference to the proposed trip.

British Sub-Aqua Club

The British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC) runs an expeditions grant scheme known as BEGS. Every year, BSAC has five expedition awards, each worth £1,000. The purpose of a BSAC expedition must be to discover new dive sites or improve the skills of a team of divers. To apply, divers must be BSAC members.

Support

The above are just a few examples of expedition and travel grants in the UK. The country has a long tradition of supporting exploration; so those who have a proposal for a trip may well find help.

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RICK - 18-Sep-18 @ 2:48 PM
Dan - Your Question:
Hi , me and my friends are planning an adventure around the world cycling. And along the way would like to go to schools to share our adventure and at the same time teach kids around the world of where we are from and the places we have seen. We would like to offer this free to the schools who would be interested. We plan on raising most of the expenses our selfs. But was wondering if we could have some kind of support regarding sponsorship or fundraising to help support our project. We plan on having a running blog and uploading videos of our adventure along the way.

Our Response:
Talk to local businesses, perhaps one or two would be willing to sponsor you in return for a mention on your blog, on social media and in local press etc?
GrantsExpert - 10-Aug-18 @ 10:57 AM
Hi , me and my friends are planning an adventure around the world cycling . And along the way would like to go to schools to share our adventure and at the same time teach kids around the world of where we are from and the places we have seen . We would like to offer this free to the schools who would be interested . We plan on raising most of the expenses our selfs . But was wondering if we could have some kind of support regarding sponsorship or fundraising to help support our project. We plan on having a running blog and uploading videos of our adventure along the way .
Dan - 8-Aug-18 @ 12:41 PM
Abigail - Your Question:
My 15 year old daughter has just been offered a place on an expedition to Nicaragua and Costa Rica to help build houses and water pumps for poverty stricken places. She has to pay £4140 by July 2019 and I just can’t afford that on my own. We’re planning on fundraising some of the costs but I’m worried we won’t be able to get all of it and she will be dissapointed. What can I do to get any grants if any.

Our Response:
This is quite common and usually the organiser will help with ideas for fundraising and the group can do some fundraising together. We're not aware of any grants for this kind of things. She should also try talking to local businesses etc to see if she can get sponsorship or donations.
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LOZ - 13-May-18 @ 7:46 PM
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Heather - Your Question:
My daughterr has won a place to take part in the international scout jamboree in west virginia, USA in july 2019. the cos of the trip is £3500 are there an grants that would help fund this?

Our Response:
Not specifically, the scouts are expected to do fundraising etc to raise money for their places. Has your daughter's scout troop arranged any events for this? We know of scouts local to us have done long distance swims, bag packs etc toward it. Local businesses are also good to try (especially if you agree to thank them publicly or stitch a logo to your bag etc).
GrantsExpert - 31-Jan-18 @ 2:14 PM
My daughterr has won a place to take part in the international scout jamboree in west virginia, USA in july 2019.the cos of the trip is £3500 are there an grants that would help fund this?
Heather - 30-Jan-18 @ 6:05 PM
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Michelle Burke - Your Question:
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Our Response:
What subject does the trip relate to? Searching on education grants for that topic might help?
GrantsExpert - 25-Sep-17 @ 1:47 PM
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Agriggs - Your Question:
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Our Response:
Ask the school if there is anywhere else you can look for funding. They should really have informed you of the amount you were expected to pay. They might be able to offer you the option of payment by instalments too. Try the Turn 2 Us website to find any other funding help.
GrantsExpert - 17-May-17 @ 11:44 AM
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Coach jc - 5-Nov-15 @ 9:13 PM
@Bran. Try the above suggestions. You may also find it useful to havea good look through the Turn2Us Grants Search page. Also continue with lots of innovative fundraising schemes. Good luck.
GrantsExpert - 30-Jul-15 @ 12:09 PM
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Bran - 30-Jul-15 @ 11:59 AM
@Clare66. If it's for school buses then many authorities will give a pass to those who travel further than the local authority set distance. If you are within the distance but still within a long walk or have a difficult route to school, you may be issued with a free bus pass. This, however, is often means tested.
GrantsExpert - 26-Sep-14 @ 11:39 AM
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Clare66 - 25-Sep-14 @ 3:31 PM
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Hopeful - 23-Jun-14 @ 2:34 PM
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