Funding criteria

The JWCT funds the following:

  • Young able-bodied and disabled sportspeople and athletes. Applicants must not be sportspeople or athletes whom are already well established in their sport.
  • Young geologists. Geological expeditions and field research must be independently organised and have practical application and/or provide social or community benefit (e.g. tsunami or volcano warning). Preference will be given to groups that involve participation of student/s from a developing country.
  • Young people or groups to participate in adventurous activities in the UK and overseas. Preference will be given where there is a social, education or community benefit and/or where there is participation of people with disabilities and/or non-commercially organised trips.
  • Young mountaineers. Applicants must be under 30, and/or involve summiting unclimbed peaks or attempting new routes up peaks or involve participation of climber/s from a developing country.
  • Practical projects to conserve and improve access to natural environments, in particular protected areas, in the UK and overseas.

The JWCT supports individuals and projects directly rather than contributing to other organisations’ general funds.

Grants from the JWCT directly

The JWCT does accept grant applications directly from individuals, groups and organisations that fit the above funding criteria, however note that the JWCT is a small charity and will not be able to fund all applications made however worthy. The JWCT will not normally be able to acknowledge receipt of grant applications due to limited resources.

The following deadlines apply each year for submission of applications:

  • Mountaineering or geological expeditions: 31 October, 30 April
  • Overseas gap year projects and expeditions: 31 November, 31 May

Please email  applications to the JWCT.


Grants via other organisations

The JWCT provides funding for the above individuals and projects through the following (click on logo for more information):

Royal Geographical Society (RGS). Individuals and groups can apply for grants for field expeditions for the Jeremy Willson Award, one of the RGS’s Geographical Fieldwork Grants.

Kent Scouts. Active members of Kent Scouts can apply for the Jeremy Willson Grant which funds individuals or groups training, community or environmental projects or independent adventure.

Sports Aid. Young disabled athletes in any discipline can apply for the Jeremy Willson Award to help fund their training, attendance at events and sports equipment.

Access & Conservation Trust (ACT). Projects are considered which improve access to and conserve and/or reduce human impacts to cliffs, mountains and open countryside for the benefit of nature and people.

The Geological Society. Geologists can apply for grants for innovative field-based research from the Jeremy Willson Geological Research Fund, one of the Geological Society’s annual grants.

Medway & Maidstone Athletics Club (MMAC). Athletes at the MMAC can apply for the Jeremy Willson Athletics Grant. Please contact the Team Manager at the MMAC directly.

Project Trust. Volunteers for the Project Trust can apply for the Jeremy Willson Travel Grant. Please contact the Director at the Project Trust for further information.

Bristol University. Undergraduates and recent graduates conducting independent and innovative research relating to geology or environmental science in areas outside the United Kingdom can apply for the Jeremy Willson Research Grant.

Maidstone Grammar School. Students at MGS can apply for the Jeremy Willson Travel Grant for participation in projects or expeditions overseas that have a positive outcome on people or the environment. Please contact the Headmaster at MGS for further information.


British Mountaineering Council (BMC). Young mountaineers can apply for the Jeremy Willson Mountain Exploration Grant for independent and ground-breaking mountaineering expeditions in regions outside the United Kingdom.

The JWCT does not accept applications directly for the above grants.

The Jeremy Willson Charitable Trust
a charity registered in England and Wales. No. 1114871