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Upcoming Grant Application Deadline: Zack Martin Breaking Barriers Grant

Posted on: March 5th, 2010 by Erik Lambert

Zack Martin bouldering. Photo courtesy of John Parsons.

Zack Martin died just before his 25th birthday on Thanksgiving Day 2002. He was a recipient of AAC grants, the Anatoli Boukreev grant and others. Zack was concerned about the general arrogance and self-serving aspirations of climbers and explorers. He committed that on all future expeditions he would not only climb and explore but more importantly he would perform humanitarian service in the local community. He would “break a barrier” in the alpine environment and “break a barrier” in the heart of man. As Zack often said, “The only barrier holding you back is yourself.”

In his memory, the Zack Martin Breaking Barriers Grant (ZMBB) is a dual-purpose grant fund. The primary objective is humanitarian and the secondary objective is climbing, alpinism and/or exploration in the natural environment. The grantee must meet both objectives and is strongly encouraged to obtain additional funding. The humanitarian objective must be reasonable, and sustainable. Objectives that continue after implementation will receive the highest level of consideration. Focus the objective to affect the greatest human change. The alpine objective should focus on climbing and/or exploration but need not be at the leading edge of climbing or alpinism.

Need inspiration or ideas? Read the trip report from last year’s ZMBB recipient, Clint Estes, here: http://www.americanalpineclub.org/tr/sandbaggedinpakistan

The application deadline for this important grant is rapidly approaching: March 15, 2010. The committee is hoping to award $2000-$3000 worth of funding!

How to apply?
Applying for the ZMBB Grant is a two-step process. The first step is the submission of a short grant proposal abstract. After review of the abstract, the ZMBB grant committee will select three potential recipients. Each of the three selected applicants may be contacted and required to complete and submit the long form grant proposal. Complete the attached abstract proposal and submit it by Mar 15. The three potential grant recipients will be contacted on or before March 30 and may be asked for more information or an AAC long form grant proposal due by April 15. The award will be announced in early May.

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