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American Alpine Club announces Catalyst Grant for BIPOC and LBGTQIA+ people

American Alpine Club Catalyst Grant

The American Alpine Club (AAC) is now accepting applications for its new Catalyst Grant, a program intended to support underrepresented groups, including BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ individuals. The application deadline is May 31 and the winners will be announced in June.

You can apply online at

The AAC statement reads:

The Catalyst Grant exists to break down barriers and ensure that all people have access to resources to help them pursue their climbing goals.

The Catalyst Grant will award $23,000 to individuals and teams who struggle with access to climbing resources and who identify with an underrepresented group. Individuals will be awarded up to $1,000 and teams will be awarded up to $1,500….

While the AAC has always encouraged all people to apply for our grants, the Catalyst Grant is specifically dedicated to supporting the dreams of BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ individuals who face barriers in accessing the climbing community. The grant is also intended to support adaptive athletes and people with both seen and unseen disabilities.

The Catalyst Grant looks to inspire, promote, and celebrate diversity and inclusion within the climbing community. This grant supports all climbing disciplines including bouldering, sport, trad, alpine, mountain running, ski mountaineering, peak bagging, or any other climbing endeavor.

The AAC has the resources and the reach to help remove barriers to all forms of climbing for teams across the country. By celebrating our differences while also exploring our common interests, we broaden our perspectives, strengthen our relationships, and grow our entire climbing community.

Learn more and apply at

American Alpine Club Catalyst Grant

About The American Alpine Club

The American Alpine Club is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose vision is a united community of competent climbers and healthy climbing landscapes. Together with our members, the AAC advocates for climbers domestically and around the world; provides grants and volunteer opportunities to protect and conserve the places we climb; hosts local and national climbing festivals and events; publishes two of the world’s most sought-after climbing annuals, the American Alpine Journal and Accidents in North American Climbing; cares for the world’s leading climbing library and country’s leading mountaineering museum; manages five campgrounds as part of a larger lodging network for climbers; and annually gives $80,000+ toward climbing, conservation, and research grants that fund adventurers who travel the world. Learn about additional programs and become a member at