American Alpine Club and The North Face offer $50,000 in adventure grants for climbers of all skill levels

February 5, 2019

The 2019 Live Your Dream Grant Encourages Climbers of all Abilities to Dream Big

Golden, CO (Feb 5, 2019) — The American Alpine Club, the country’s oldest and largest climbing advocacy organization, in partnership with The North Face is pleased to open the 2019 Live Your Dream Grants to climbers of all ages, all experience levels, and all climbing disciplines. Anyone with an itch for adventure will have until March 31, 2019 to submit an application online, outlining an ambitious but achievable personal climbing / ski mountaineering objective.

Since 2012, the American Alpine Club and The North Face have enabled nearly 600 adventures large and small with nearly $275,000 in financial support. Live Your Dream Grants are unique in that the main objective is to help ordinary climbers improve their skills and to enable life-changing adventure.

For the 2019 grant cycle, the AAC and The North Face will give away $50,000 in grant money ranging from $200 – $1,000 per individual. There is an application fee of $5 for members of the AAC and $20 for non-members and AAC membership is required only if a grant is awarded.

Kalli Schumacher, a 2018 Live Your Dream Grant recipient, used her grant money to climb in multiple mountain ranges across the United States over the course of a single summer. Reflecting on the experience, Kalli says, “I think Live Your Dream’s biggest impact on my progression was to unravel the mystique behind the mountains. As a woman of color and a mountaineer, promoting inclusivity across race, gender, economic status, and whatever barrier-to-entry someone might experience is very important to me, and it’s exactly what Live Your Dream does. This grant gives opportunity where it might not otherwise exist.”

The Live Your Dream Grant is designed for everything from bouldering to big walls, alpinism to ski mountaineering, peak bagging to bolt clipping and everything in between. What’s most important is to demonstrate personal progression: be it transitioning out of the gym or establishing a first ascent in the greater ranges, the purpose of this grant is to support and promote unforgettable experiences for those who love climbing.

For more information about the Live Your Dream Grant and to apply, please visit:



The American Alpine Club has a storied legacy of funding climbing, conservation, and research projects in North America and around the world. AAC grants have been responsible for encouraging thousands of climbers to dream big and push their limits; for pioneering hundreds of cutting-edge new routes of remote and major peaks around the world; for improving infrastructure at climbing areas across the country; and funding scientific research expeditions that have contributed valuable information to our understanding of the world’s mountain ecosystems. The AAC gives more than $150,000 annually to projects that support the betterment of the climbing community and environment. Join us at: americanalpineclub.org