Bill Wallace Grant
The "Bill Wallace Grant" was launched in 2007 to give people the opportunity to seek out life-changing experiences in wild places of the world in ways which will benefit both the person and the wild places themselves. The grant scheme, a lasting and very personal memorial to Bill Wallace, captures the very ethos of the man and give others an opportunity to follow in Bill's footsteps.
A grant of £200 - £2,000 will be made on merit to a person who wishes to ‘go and do it’ in the spirit of Bill Wallace. The project will involve travel to wild places, must be adventurous, of educational or scientific significance – and be a life-changing experience leading to a commitment to practical action to conserve wild places.
Who can apply?
- People of all ages, abilities, and ethnic backgrounds.
- UK applicants with a Scottish interest/link.
- People who like Bill can show stoicism, self-motivation, determination and commitment to achieve.
- People who demonstrate charitable aims (educational/scientific).
The Bill Wallace Grant committee will favour independent self-led experiences over commercial expeditions, or pre-paid/charity/fundraising tours, and/or give priority to individuals whose financial need is greatest.
- Coming shortly - The John Muir Trust is looking to commemorate Des Rubens, the experienced mountaineer and former President of the Scottish Mountaineering Club, who passionately believed in the value of helping people (but especially young people) form a closer connection to our natural world.
Who was Bill Wallace?
Bill was a stalwart of the John Muir Trust who played an important role in the development of the organisation. He was adventurous, inspired others and made a huge personal contribution towards increasing awareness of the need to safeguard wild places both in Scotland and overseas. A quiet man who never blew his own trumpet, he spoke eloquently through his deeds. He was a worthy disciple of John Muir, the man who called on us to "Do something for wildness - and make the mountains glad".
I cannot express just how grateful and honoured I am that you thought my project was worthy of this very personal award…I just can’t believe how lucky I am that you have made it possible for me to conduct this project which I’ve wanted to do for so long but never thought achievable.Laura Balfour, Bill Wallace Grant recipient