Ghar Parau Foundation Expedition Grant Award

The Ghar Parau Foundation

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Grant amount: Approximately £10,000

Next deadline: Feb 28, 2020

Later deadlines: Aug 31, 2020 3:59pm PDT

Applicant type: Individuals

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: United Kingdom

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The purpose of the Ghar Parau Foundation is to provide grant-aid assistance to British caving expeditions that travel to all corners of the world.

In particular the charity looks for expeditions whose aims and methods include an element of innovative exploration or scientific study, distinguishing them from the typical sport-caving venture.

It is a regrettable fact that the committee only has limited resources at its disposal. In order to make the best and fairest use of funds, we have, over the years, developed a set of criteria which allow us to judge the merits of one expedition against another.

Further details of these may be found in the application form and notes; in brief they may be summarised as:

  • potential for the discovery of new cave
  • the development of the sport as a whole
  • benefits to the individual team members
  • preparatory work and research
  • contacts with local groups
  • team size
  • effective use of funds
  • track record
  • other sources of income

The overall budget and cost to the individual is also taken into account, so that a small trip to Europe will probably receive a lower grant than a large scale trip to the tropics.

Alex Pitcher Awards

In recent years The Ghar Parau Foundation have wanted to encourage younger cavers to participate more so in expeditions. Expeditions with a younger personnel will therefore attract greater attention for funding. To further support young cavers directly on their first expedition, there is also the Alex Pitcher Award. To qualify, the applicant must be:

  • under 25 at the time of the expedition, and
  • a UK national or student studying in the UK, or a member of a UK caving club/BCA.

Nominations can be made during the online application process, with only 2 applicants per expedition allowed.

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


  • A team which has relatively little experience but has shown a good deal of personal financial commitment allied to considerable preparatory homework will fare much better at the hands of the committee than an experienced group which is not attempting to reach a particularly new or exciting area.
  • Expeditions with a younger personnel will therefore attract greater attention for funding.