No no no. You’ve got it all wrong. I know you clicked on this post thinking this was a sweepstakes-style contest no different than one printed on a candy bar wrapper but you’ve got it all wrong. This is one of those anomalies where yes, it’s to good to be true but… it is true! The American Alpine Club started doing this just last year and they’ve already given out 41 dream adventures. Your odds here are much better than McDonalds Monopoly. You could easily be one of the next winners!
The best part is there are no real limits here. The AAC doesn’t care about your experience level, where you want to go, or what type of trip you want to take. It just has to be adventurous and mean something to you. Don’t get too extravagant though, there are monetary limits. Grants in our region are bestowed in the form of one $500, one $400, three $300, and three $200 awards. It seems however, that multiple awards could be granted to the same group or possibly even the same person. Despite the award amounts, their site does say “there are no limits” and that if you impress them they will fund your trip.
Here’s how it works:
1. Go to the American Alpin Club’s Live Your Dream Grant webpage and fill out the application for your region.
Pay attention, there are several different applications and they won’t accept it if you don’t fill out the form for YOUR REGION. Ours will obviously be the Northwest application.
2. Fill out the application and get it in by March 1st!
Don’t worry, it’s not too late. The application process sounds long but it’s a breeze. Here’s what they want to see.
A. You’re serious about your trip. You’ve planned it all out and can break it down in steps. They’re also going to want to see that you’ve planned for all expenses and have created a basic budget for the trip.
B. You’re not going to kill yourself. Prove that you have the caution and experience to pull your adventure off without any broken necks. They want references as proof too.
C. The trip you’ve planned means something to you. When they say “Dream” Grant, they mean it. They want to make your dreams come true! So push yourself with your plans and make sure they know it.
D. You’ll appreciate and respect the grant. If selected they want you to go through with it, report back with pictures and details from the trip, and rep the AAC every step of the way. It’s important you convince them you’re a loyal person and are devoted (or at least will be) to the AAC.
3. Six weeks later the winners will be announced on the AAC webpage.
4. You take the journey of a lifetime.
The AAC has tons of stories from past award winners just like this one on their webpage.
We’re real excited about this one and we hope you are too. Don’t wait, get your application in now!
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