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Potential Hillary Expedition funding sources

23 June 2014

Hillary Expedition grants offer only partial funding for an expedition so successful applicants will need additional funding sources. Below is a list of potential funding sources available to individuals or groups seeking to undertake an expedition in New Zealand or overseas.

AMP Achiever Award

Aims to support talented Kiwis by encouraging and helping them to achieve their goals and do their thing.

Australian Geographic Society

Offers the Nancy Bird Walton sponsorship. Open to Australian women planning to undertake an adventurous pursuit. Annual funding of A$5000.

British Mountaineering Council

For those who have a British passport or will be climbing with a British citizen, you may benefit from a British Mountaineering Council grant. These are worth around British £400. Applications are accepted twice a year and the application form is on the website.

Directory of Potential Funding Sources

Provides a list of potential funding sources throughout New Zealand.

Film New Zealand

The Screen Production Grant funds eligible New Zealand feature films, television and other format screen productions deemed to have significant New Zealand content.

Gaming Trusts

A number of gaming trusts may be able to provide assistance. Check out this list provided by the Department of Internal Affairs.

Mt Everest Foundation (British Fund)

Available to British and New Zealand climbers who are attempting first ascents or new routes in the Greater Ranges, Alaska and South America. The expedition must have a strong exploratory component. After the expedition a preliminary report is required, followed by an intensive report within three months. The amount of the grants has gone up recently and can be as much as British £2,000. Applications are accepted twice a year.

National Geographic Expeditions Council Grant

Offered by National Geographic to fund exploration and adventure around the world. To get one of these you would have to put in a very strong application with a "compelling story". The deadline is ongoing and the amounts range from US$5,000 to $US35,000. The application form is on the website.

Shipton/Tilman Grant

Offered by GORE-TEX brand as a tribute to Eric Shipton and Bill Tilman and the spirit of adventure they embodied. The grant provides US$30,000 per year to be divided amongst three to six expeditions from any part of the world who plan to accomplish their feat in a self-propelled environmentally sound way. Exploration and new routing is a big part of this award. Applications are accepted every 18 months. The application form is on the website.

Sony NZ Com

Sponsors groups and individuals who share their passion for enriching lives through excellence, creativity and innovation. Proposal for sponsorship must be aligned with "the Sony passion of bringing entertainment to all, through intense new experiences". The application form is on the website

Timmissartok Foundation

The Timmissartok Foundation will partially support projects that involve "travel with a purpose" in which a particular passion is explored. Applications are open to "individuals seeking adventure in foreign lands" all nationalities and ages. Grant amounts are "small". Applications are accepted any time and the application form is on the website.

Toyota New Zealand

'Believe Scholarships' are offered twice a year. Scholarship recipients are provided with a maximum of $3,000 to give them a head start with getting a project off the ground.

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