Expedition Grant Policy

As general principles guiding the Club’s approach to requests for financial or moral support, applications for mountaineering ventures in high or remote ranges will be considered only if those involved in these ventures propose to:

(a) Make first ascent (of peaks or of unclimbed routes) in high ranges outside Europe and lower 48 states of the U.S.A., or of lower remote ranges such as those in Greenland, Baffin Land, Patagonia, OR, explore little-known mountain areas, particularly those which are glaciated or partially so, OR, carry out necessary reconnaissance connected with a definite intention to make a first ascent of a worthwhile peak.
(b) Carry out their project in accordance with generally accepted mountaineering ethics and those of the Club. (For instance, once on the mountain progress should be made mainly by means of the team’s own efforts). See also Club Constitution Par.2, Objects of the Club.
(c) Carry out the organisation and operation of the project themselves and not as part of ‘commercial’ expeditions to which they have to pay a fee. This does not exclude the payment of a fee to a trekking agency for the arrangement of porterage and travel to the mountain area.

2 Applicants for assistance must undertake in writing to give, free of charge, a lecture to the club and to write an article for the newsletter/journal on their experiences within a reasonable time and, at any rate, before such lectures/articles are presented to any other entity. (The decision in regard to what is a reasonable time to be negotiated during consideration of each application).
3 It must be understood by applicants that it is expected that a proportion of any surplus funds as indicated on submitted accounts should be returned to the IMC. This is not a mandatory requirement.
4 Grant applications will be accepted only from IMC club members of at least two years standing. It is not necessary that all team members are members of the club.
5 Grant applications will not be accepted for research purposes into proposed expeditions.
6 Where an expedition does not proceed for whatever reason it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the grant is returned in full to the IMC. However, in exceptional circumstances as, for instance, if the venture cannot proceed after arrival in the destination country for unavoidable reasons such as earthquakes, floods, political circumstances etc. this requirements may be waived on application to the club.
7 When an application is approved an initial proportion of the grant will be given to applicant, the remainder being handed over shortly before departure when it is certain that the venture is definitely under way.