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.
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