Scottish Mountaineering Trust

We are a Scottish charity that provides grants to projects and organisations that promote public recreation, knowledge and safe enjoyment of the mountains, especially in the mountains of Scotland.

The Trust supports:

  • Publication of guides to, and information about the Scottish mountains
  • Footpath construction and maintenance
  • Land purchases that ensure public access
  • Mountaineering education and training, especially that aimed at young people
  • Mountain rescue teams and organisations, for equipment and facilities
  • Renovation of club huts available to the wider mountaineering community
  • Expeditions with educational or scientific objectives aligned with those of the Trust

Our work is financed by donations from individuals and organisations who share our values, and from the publication of guidebooks for the Scottish Mountaineering Club and other books connected with the Scottish Hills.

SMT Diamond Grant

A 60th birthday present – £100,000 to help people enjoy the Scottish mountains

For its 60th birthday next year, the Scottish Mountaineering Trust is offering a ‘Diamond Grant‘ of up to £100,000, to a project that helps more people to experience and enjoy the mountains, especially in Scotland.

Chairman Simon Richardson explained: ‘We want the Diamond award to be not just a grant, but also a legacy, giving enduring benefits to the people who enjoy our mountain. We’re hoping to hear from projects that are really distinctive, that break fresh ground.’

‘ The Diamond Grant is , we believe, the biggest single grant ever made by a charity to Scottish mountaineering and we’re looking for something really special. We’re open to all ideas.’

Those interested in applying for the grant can find more information and the Application form  Apply for the DIAMOND grant

Projects Supported by the SMT

Urban Uprising, climbing out of disadvantage

This Scottish charity runs courses for 10–18 year olds, mainly at indoor and outdoor climbing walls. and with an award of £1960 from the SMT, they’ll help more youngsters start climbing in Scotland’s great outdoors in 2022.

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Belonging in the Hills

The Scottish company Mhòr Outdoor enables people from socially excluded backgrounds to get out on Scotland’s hills, and the Trust is supporting it through a £2000 grant.

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