Copp-Dash Inspire Award

Jonny Copp Foundation

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Grant amount: US $20,000

Anticipated deadline: Aug 31, 2020 11:59pm PDT

Applicant type: Individuals

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: North America

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The Copp-Dash Inspire Award provides $20,000 in grants and support to climbers each year. Established in the memory of Jonny Copp and Micah Dash, the Inspire Award’s goal is to assist small teams tackling difficult climbs in the great mountains of the world (before, during and after their expeditions) with financial grants and multimedia instruction to help empower them to share their ascents through a blend of storytelling elements with a wider audience.

Proposed documentation styles can include any mix of photos, video or writing that will vividly capture the essence and adventure of the trip or climb. Proposed sharing of these storytelling elements could aspire to involve slideshows, viral film clips, magazine articles, multimedia presentations, etc. Documentation instruction and storytelling mentorship (before and after the expedition) will be provided by the Adventure Film Festival, Alpinist Magazine, Sender Films and professional photographers John Dickey and Mikey Schaefer in order to assist award winners in achieving their documentation and presentation goals.

The Copp-Dash Inspire award will provide a pool of $20,000 in grants to North American climbers for expeditions between April 1st and March 31st of the following year. 

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


  • The Copp-Dash Inspire Award will help support small teams tackling difficult climbs in the great mountains of the world that plan to personally document and share their ascents through a multimedia blend of storytelling elements.
  • Proposed trips or climbs should be focused on unclimbed objectives in distant ranges and regions, requiring a high level of skill and commitment and climbed in a fast, light and clean style that stays true to the progression of expedition climbing.