In 1978, whilst participating in the American Women's Annapurna Expedition, Alison Chadwick, a leading British mountaineer, died close to the summit of the mountain. A Memorial Fund was instituted in her name, to provide grants ‘to further British and Polish women’s mountaineering in the world’s greater ranges’.
In 1991 administration of the fund was transferred to the Mount Everest Foundation. The Award can be made to expeditions with mainly female climbers, or to individuals taking part in mixed expeditions. Applicants should use the standard MEF application form, and their eligibility will be considered automatically during the screening process.
Recent recipients of the Grant include: