Over £200,000 Awarded To More Than 560 Incredible Projects


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.

Alpkit Foundation News

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

FuturEyes
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

Welcoming Walkers
Supporting Hayfield Walkers are Welcome

Black Dog Adventures
Alpkit Foundation support a new CIC

Challenge 4 change
Making change in society by outdoor activitiy

Go Nice Places, Do Good Things

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:

  • £50 to £500 cash to individuals, groups, schools and organisations to encourage people to get outdoors and have great experiences that otherwise couldn’t happen; e.g. giving a cash grant to a school to fund transport costs
  • Provide discounted equipment for outdoor adventures and trips to individuals, groups, schools and organisations that wouldn’t be viable without support from the Alpkit Foundation
  • Support outdoor educational programs; e.g. grants for outdoor First Aiders or Mountain Leader Training that wouldn’t be possible without Alpkit Foundation support
  • Support proactive conservation and environmental projects; e.g. grants to help re-wild woodland
  • Support projects which encourage the development of facilities for outdoor skills and activities to be experienced by wider groups who otherwise may miss out e.g. cycling, climbing, outdoor swimming facilities

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.


Apply

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.

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Donate

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

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Governance

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.

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Apply and let the adventure begin

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.

    Yes, we love to support:
  • Projects that get more people experiencing the Great Outdoors
  • Projects that seek to support, conserve, or generate understanding of our environment and wild places
  • Projects enabling people to gain physical and mental wellbeing from the Great Outdoors
  • Outdoor education programmes
    We particularly like to support projects that:
  • Demonstrate best value for money
  • Encourage new people to get outdoors
  • Engages groups and engages a diverse range of backgrounds and ages
    No, we will not support:
  • Charity challenges
  • Commercially led travel
  • Expeditions that are not focused the Great Outdoors (e.g. rebuilding schools, overseas medicine)
  • Scout Jamborees – due to the large number of participants involved in Scout Jamborees, this is not something we are able to support. We do support the Scout Association through our Youth in Adventure Fund
  • Holidays
  • Retrospective applications – make sure you get your application in on time!

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.

Alpkit Foundation
(Charities Commision Registration Number 1162585)

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.

David Hanney

Director and Co-Owner of Alpkit.

Nick Smith

Founder, Director and Co-Owner of Alpkit.

Colin Stocker

Founder, Director and Co-Owner of Alpkit.

Kenny Stocker

Founder, Director and Co-Owner of Alpkit.

Adge Last

Independent Trustee.

Talyn Williams

Staff Trustee.

Liam Reeves

Staff Trustee.

Louise Bailey

Customer Trustee.

Fionn Naysmith

Awards Trustee.