Who was Bill Wallace?
Bill Wallace 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 Rubens 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 trips such as pay to volunteer expeditions where the funds go directly to another organisation rather than the individual applying.
Priority will be given to individuals whose financial need is greatest and grant recipients will be required to provide a short project report following their return. Applicants must have a Scottish interest/link.