We are the charity that helps people Go Nice Places Do Good Things.
1% of Alpkit sales go towards supporting individuals and direct action projects. We’re incredibly proud to see the effect that these small steps can make.
Our support takes the form of direct action by giving our financial support, publicity, advice or resource to help projects get off the ground.
We love to support projects that champion education, participation, environment, diversity and health.
If you know of a deserving project, or think you’re someone that only needs a bit of backing to make a big difference, it’s simple to apply, or donate.
Busting the balsam
Tackling invasive plant species around the Tyne
Alpkit Foundation: We’re Looking for an Awards Trustee!
The Alpkit Foundation needs you!
Cycling for the less able-bodied
Adapting Cycling Machines That Can Be Used By Anyone
BMC Youth Squad and National Schools Climbing Comp
The British Mountaineering Council, UK & Worldwide
Adult Health and Well-being Walks in the Lake District
The Vulture Club, Whitehaven
Planting Hundreds of Trees with Millom School Kids
Restoring Hardknott Forest, South Lakeland
Mountain Rescue Defribilator
Edale Mountain Rescue Team, Derbyshire
Rockpool Rambles and Beach Cleans
Life in a Pond, Wildlife Trust Cornwall
Sheffield Refugee Walks From Edale
The Conversation Club, Sheffield
Community Veg Growing Project
Framework HA - Nature In Mind, Nottingham
Earth Trust: Striving for a Sustainable Future
The Alpkit Foundation Award funds to Earth Trust
That wheelchair for Alicia
buying a off road wheelchair
Hill and Moorland Leader Training
Hill and Moorland training opportunities
Soul Sailors: Adventure for the Homeless
Supporting the homeless through sailing
Supporting Primate Conservation in the Bugoma Forest
AKF Support the Bugoma Primate Conservation Project
On top of Sugar Loaf Mountain
reaching heights for a primary school
Ice Stupa Project
artificial glacier life support
Wise Up Residential
Getting young people outdoors
Supporting young people with sight loss
UPDATE: Ocean Revival 2020
Rowing to raise awareness of plastic pollution
Wild Trent Challenge
Taking on the trent valley in aid of wildlife
Supporting Hayfield Walkers are Welcome
Black Dog Adventures
Alpkit Foundation support a new CIC
Challenge 4 change
Making change in society by outdoor activitiy
Spending time outdoors is good for the mind, body and soul. But generally people are spending less time outdoors. That is a problem we're helping to tackle. We do this by making small awards to people, groups and schools that work to remove the barriers in getting outdoors and experience wild places.
Every month Alpkit donates 1% of its sales plus the proceeds from events such as the Big Shakeout. Alpkit will donate at least 10% of its annual profit to the Foundation each year.
We support direct action where we can make a positive difference and help people get out and experience wild places.
This could be:
The only criteria we apply in making awards is that the project meets the funding criteria and the Alpkit Foundation has the enough money in the pot.
We support projects that in some way leave the world a nicer place. And we're delighted to have already awarded over £100,000 to over 300 projects worldwide.
But there are a few things we're not. The Foundation isn't a form of commercial sponsorship, holiday money or gap year funding and we don't give to organised charity challenges as these might not benefit from our help as much as other adventures.
The Alpkit Foundation is an independent charity registered with the Charities Commision (Reg No 1162585). It is funded by Alpkit and individual donations. Every pound donated to the Foundation will directly support outdoor activity.
The Alpkit Foundation supports projects that enables people to overcome the obstacles that prevent them from Going Nice Places and Doing Good Things. It favours direct action and support. If you have a project that cannot go ahead without or support then let us know.
When you apply we will acknowledge your application and let you know the date of the next trustee meeting. We currently meet two months and will get in touch if we need more information.
We welcome you to donate to the Foundation and all donations will directly support our projects. There are several ways you can donate.
In store - visit an Alpkit store and make a cash donation. It is an old school approach but you can grab a mug of coffee at the same time!
Post - Fill in a dontion form and post it to us.
Online - You can donate online using Paypal Giving Fund, a direct donation via Wonderful or via a Facebook Fundraiser
The Alpkit Foundation is an independent charity. It is registered with the Charities Commission in the UK (Registration Number 1162585). The charity is managed by seven trustees. The four director co-owners of Alpkit are trustees along with an independent trustee, staff trustee and customer trustee. The independent trustee, staff trustee and customer trustee are all annual appointments. Please get in touch if you would like more information on our work.
We support projects that enable people to overcome the obstacles that prevent them from going outdoors. Our support takes the form of direct action by giving our assistance to help projects get off the ground. This can be in the form of financial support, publicity, advice or resource.
If you have a project that cannot go ahead without our support then let us know. When you apply we will acknowledge your application and let you know the date of the next trustee meeting. We currently meet once every two months and will get in touch if we need more information.
If possible, please apply at least 3 months before the start of a project so that the trustees have time to consider it at their next meeting.
If you are making an application for the Boulder Adventures residential course - please fill out the standard form and add 'Boulder Adventures Application' in the Project Title field.
Tell us about yourself and what you want to do - Preference will be given to activities that demonstrate best value for money and support wider groups of people.
Every pound donated to the Foundation goes directly to support the outdoors. If you are a UK tax payer, don’t forget to sign the Gift Aid Declaration. It means we can reclaim the tax on this and any future donations you may make. You can make postal donations, cheques should be made payable to Alpkit Foundation. Download the PDF donation form<
Some dedicated fundraisers have even run events to raise funds for the Alpkit Foundation. We have to give a big shout out to the Asparagus run team who raised £2500 in 2019.
Other, more convenient was of donating to the foundation are.. you can make cash donations in every in Alpkit stores or:
100% of all donations made via Wonderful.org will go to the charity, including any Gift Aid.
100% of donations made via the PayPal Giving Fund Portal will go to the charity.
Your fundraising efforts will go into our PayPal Giving Fund so you can be sure 100% of the amount raised will go to the charity.
The Alpkit Foundation is a not-for-profit independent charity founded on 8 July 2015. It is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation that is registered with the Charities Commision in the UK. More details including its aims and financial accounts can be found on the Charities Commision website.