£100,000 to help people enjoy the Scottish mountains

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To mark its 60th birthday next year, the Scottish Mountaineering Trust (SMT) is offering a ‘Diamond Grant’ of up to £100,000 to a project that helps more people experience and enjoy the mountains, especially in Scotland.

The trust was set up in 1962 to support deserving mountain projects and over the
years has contributed £1.6 million to a wide range of schemes. A student
training weekend, a mountain rescue base, a mountain film festival, a club hut, a
new bridge and many more have been helped through grants ranging from a few hundred pounds to around £10,000.

This kind of grant-giving will continue. But over and above that, the Diamond Grant
will add a new dimension to the trust’s work.

Chairman Simon Richardson explained: ‘We want the diamond award to be not just a grant, but also a legacy, that will provide enduring benefits to the mountaineering community. We’re hoping to hear from projects that are really distinctive, that break fresh ground.

‘We’re doing our best to attract a wide range of applicants. As well as the grass-roots
of Scottish mountaineering, we are reaching out to other groups whose work might
be helped, even transformed. We believe the Diamond Grant is the biggest single
grant ever made by a charity to Scottish mountaineering and we’re looking for
something really special. We’re open to all ideas.’

As with its normal grants, the SMT does expect Diamond Grant applicants to have a
degree of commitment and resources to call on, whether that’s in skills, experience,
manpower or existing funding.

Those interested in applying for the grant can find detailed guidance online at
thesmt.org.uk and contact details for an informal discussion on their plans.
The trust hopes to make a single award of up to £100,000, but if no scheme on that
scale is approved, it may decide to help several smaller projects, each with a
minimum need for £20,000.

As a charity, the trust is committed to supporting projects that have a clear public
benefit and that help more people enjoy the world of mountains. So whether a
project concerns a hut, a book, a hilltrack, a crag or an exhibition, what matters is
that the mountaineering community will be richer for it happening.


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