Mountaineering Ireland places a high value on training and the concept of self-reliance for walkers and climbers. We appreciate that cost can sometimes be a barrier to training. Consequently, MI operates a number of grant schemes to support clubs and individuals undertaking mountain training courses. Our training board administers these training grants on behalf of MI. These grants are open to all Mountaineering Ireland members.
There are two grant options available to most clubs; (1)Club Training Grant to support clubs whose members are doing recognised mountain training courses such as Mountain Skills and Mountain Leader. Individual members of MI can also apply for grants under this scheme and (2) a Club Mentor Scheme to support clubs that bring in an instructor to provide tailor-made training.
How to apply for Grants?
Please complete the application form clearly, filling in each section. Give as much information supporting your eligibility for a grant as possible. If you have any queries please contact the Training Office at Mountaineering Ireland.
Who can apply?
This grant scheme is open to all paid-up Mountaineering Ireland clubs with more than 10 members (except those that have already been approved for another MI Training Grant in the current membership year). The application should be submitted by the Club Secretary and be made on the official training grant application form.
Preference will be given to:
•Clubs that have not previously received a Training Grant
•Training that brings leadership and new skills into a club
•Members that volunteer in youth projects
•Clubs with a high proportion of young members
•Clubs with a larger number of people participating in training
•Clubs that could not otherwise afford such training.
Applications are reviewed twice a year (typically in June and November) by Mountaineering Ireland's training board.
Training can be carried out either before or after you receive grant approval, however payment will not be made until after training is completed. We ask that all training should be completed and receipts received within 6 months of grant approval being given so that funds are not tied up for an unduely long period of time.