AMA Financial Grants to Expeditions
We shall of course continue to support AMA members on unit expeditions by way of financial grants. In 2013, the AMA disbursed £10k financially supporting 191 of its members on 21 expeditions to India, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Nepal, Patagonia, Peru, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, Tibet and the USA. 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. When applying for a grant ensure you supply all the required information. Remember, you have to convince the sub-committee that your expedition is a worthwhile investment.
Applications should be made using this form.
Please read the notes below before submitting your application.
AMA EXPEDITION GRANTS PROCEDURE
The expedition grant application form is available on the AMA website. The grant application is to be completed fully and is to include a nominal roll of current AMA members with their membership number clearly identified.
Completed grant applications are then to be e-mailed to the AMA Membership Secretary. Grants are not available for non AMA members. To become a member click here.
The AMA Membership Secretary having confirmed all applicants are members and the date they joined will forward the applications to the AMA Expeditions Secretary for consideration, vetting and approval.
AMA EXPEDITION GRANT PROCESS EXPLAINED
The AMA allocates a small proportion of the annual budget to provide a source of funding to financially assist AMA members who, in their capacity as a Leader or offering vital technical expertise through their qualifications or as a team member, are planning and organising or participating in a Level 3 expedition.
There is a separate allocation of funding for members planning and organising AMA Meets or the annual programme of approved AMA expeditions e.g. JSAM, etc.
The grant application is then vetted and approved by the AMA expedition panel.
The level of grant is assessed on the following criteria:
a) The area of the expedition - Europe, Canada/USA, other world wide destinations.
b) The aim of the expedition – technical/non technical routes, high risk, remote, high altitude, mountain huts etc.
c) The purpose of participation – Leader, qualifications, team member.
Once the grant application has been assessed and the level of grant decided a letter of confirmation will be sent to the applicant by e-mail. Grants will be allotted to an Exercise or Unit account and not to individuals.
The letter of authority is for the applicant to access the grant directly from the AMA Treasurer. A condition of receiving the grant is a commitment to provide a copy of the PXR and an article with appropriate photographs to the AMA Membership Secretary that will be forwarded to the AMA Journal Editor.
Applicants are reminded that if there is an excess of finance when the budget is reconciled on completion of the expedition then the AMA grant is to be reimbursed in the first instance.
The AMA recognises that climbing and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death.
Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions.