American Alpine Club’s ‘Live Your Dream’ Grant Now Accepting Applications

American Alpine Club grants aren’t just available to finance bold climbs in far-flung locales. Despite what you might think, you don’t have to be plotting a new line up a remote 7,000-meter peak in Pakistan to get some monetary aid to pursue your mountain passions.

The AAC’s ‘Live Your Dream’ grant offers financial aid to anyone and everyone, whether you’re looking to tackle your first 5.7 outdoors or run your first mountain marathon. While you do have to be a US Citizen to apply, the AAC has otherwise made this grant available for all ages, ability levels and climbing disciplines. 

So if you’re reading this article… chances are you could qualify!

While the awards vary widely depending on the project, they typically range between $200 and $1,000, according to the AAC website. They’re also only going out to individuals (if you’re working on a goal with a team, your teammates can apply separately).

If you have a mountain goal you’ve been looking to tackle and need a little financial boost, the Live Your Dream grant just might help you out!

Apply Here!

The deadline to apply is 11:59 MST February 28th, so get after it! Recipients will be announced in May, and full criteria is outlined below.


  • The project must accurately demonstrate a progression in skills and experience and outline a specific obtainable yet personally difficult goal. The objective should be at the edge of your physical and technical ability level. However, your individual experience level should be appropriate for the proposed objective.
  • Live Your Dream grants are for all ages, all ability levels and all climbing disciplines–ski mountaineering, peak bagging, mountain running, or any other challenging endeavor included. 
  • Live Your Dream grants are awarded to individuals only. If you are attempting a project as part of a team, your teammates may apply separately. 
  • Applications are considered for projects that occur within one year of the application award date. 
  • Projects involving climbers who are supported financially by corporate sponsors will not be considered. However, proposals from “amateur” climbers who have received in-kind corporate support (e.g., gear) will be considered, but support levels must be disclosed.
  • Applicants must be US citizens or green card holders to apply. 

Apply Here!

Feature image by Jef Willemyns on Unsplash

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Owen Clarke is a writer currently based in a barn in Tennessee. He is a columnist for Rock & Ice, Gym Climber, and The Outdoor Journal. He also writes for Atlas Devices and BAÏST. He enjoys Southern sandstone and fish tacos, and is afraid of heights.

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