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.
Who was Des Rubens?
Des had a distinguished career in outdoor education over 30 years. Based on his own early experiences of the coasts and mountains of Scotland, he was a passionate believer in the value of bringing young people into the hills, and making opportunities for involvement in the outdoors available to people from all levels of society and from a wide spectrum of abilities - a man who led by example.
Who can apply?
- People of all ages, abilities, and ethnic backgrounds.
- UK applicants with a Scottish interest/link.
- People who, like Des and Bill, can show self-motivation, determination and commitment to achieve.
- People who demonstrate charitable aims (educational/scientific/community development).
The Grant committee will favour independent self-led experiences over commercial expeditions, or pre-paid/charity/fundraising tours, and give priority to individuals whose financial need is greatest. Grant recipients will be required to provide a short project report.
Additional Covid-19 criteria for 2021 applicants: the panel will give preference to activity that respects Covid-19 restrictions and can take place in a safe manner. Adventures in wild places in the UK, preferably near to where a person lives, will be viewed more favourably than activity requiring long distance travel.