Des Rubens and Bill Wallace Grant

The John Muir Trust

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Grant amount: £200 - £2,000

Anticipated deadline: Jan 25, 2020

Applicant type: Individuals

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program, Research, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: United Kingdom

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The John Muir Trust offers this Grant to give people the opportunity to seek out life-changing experiences in wild places of the world in ways which will benefit both the person, and the wild places themselves. The grant commemorates two former Presidents of the Scottish Mountaineering Club who each led inspiring and adventurous lives. We wish to support projects, which reflect the ethos of both men and give others an opportunity to follow in their footsteps. In the decade since its inception the Grant has made over 40 awards to a wide variety of recipients.

A grant of £200 - £2,000 will be made on merit to a person who wishes to experience wild places in the spirit of Des Rubens and Bill Wallace. The project should involve travel to wild places, must be adventurous, have an educational or scientific component – and be a life-changing experience leading to a commitment to practical action to conserve wild places.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Who can apply?
    • People of all ages, abilities, and ethnic backgrounds.
    • UK applicants with a Scottish interest/link.
    • People who like Des and Bill can show self-motivation, determination and commitment to achieve.
    • People who demonstrate charitable aims (educational/scientific/community development).


  • The Grant committee will favour independent self-led experiences over commercial expeditions, or pre-paid/charity/fundraising tours, and give priority to individuals whose financial need is greatest.