Frequently Asked Questions


Who can apply?
All active MITOC members are encouraged to apply.

How will the awardees be chosen?
Awardees will be chosen by a selection committee made up of three MITOC members who were elected at the annual MITOC election in April.

What happens after the trip?
Grant recipients are required to write up a trip report (with photos!) for the MITOC website and present a traditional MITOC “trip report” to the club upon their return.

When does the trip have to occur?
We will be supporting trips between October 1, 2021, and June 1, 2022. If you are planning a summer trip in 2022, we encourage you to apply to the next funding cycle in 2022!

Can I travel internationally?
Due to MIT travel restrictions, trips are limited to domestic trips in the US, with possible exceptions for trips the applicant's country of permanent residence, if they are currently located there. Prepare to be flexible during your trip as restrictions and policies may change during your travel. Follow all state, local, and territorial travel restrictions. 

When are applications due?
Applications are due by September 1, 2021.

When will awards be announced?
Grant recipients will be notified by September 30, 2021.

How are grant funds distributed?
Upon your successful trip return, submit itemized receipts for reimbursement. Your reimbursement will be processed after you have submitted your online trip report. You will still be required to present an in person trip report within the next year, but the sooner the better :).

How much can I apply for?
Collier Adventure Grant awards vary depending on the prospective project and budget, but typically fall within the $100 to $500 range. Grant requests may be fully or partially funded.

What can be funded?
Travel expenses, guide services, permits, wilderness skills training, or other expenses relating to an outdoor adventure are eligible for funding requests. Free rental of MITOC gear can also be awarded.

How do I apply?
Go to our application instruction page.

How are the Sean A. Collier Adventure Grants funded?
MITOC members and others who knew Sean have done fundraising which went to the main Sean Collier Memorial Fund. MIT's former EVP and Treasurer, Israel Ruiz, generously granted a portion of these donations to an endowed fund to allow for adventure grants to be funded in perpetuity.

Can I help more adventures and learning lessons happen?
Yes, you can! Please donate to help us grow the endowed fund and provide more grants each year by going to the following webpage - - all donations are tax deductible as MIT is a 501(c)(3) organization (see more info here).