Alternative Break Financial Assistance Application

American Hiking Society's Alternative Break financial assistance grants your school group the opportunity to participate in a 2024 Alternative Break. If selected, your group will participate in a week-long service trip that provides leadership training, team-building opportunities, outdoor skills instruction from leaders in the field, and critical conservation work to a park or forest in need.

Alternative Break financial assistance is need-based. All are encouraged to apply, but priority will be given to groups that have historically faced barriers to accessing outdoor programing.

The financial assistance includes:

  • 1-week indoor lodging
  • $750 Group food stipend
  • Up to $3,000 Group travel stipend (or $300/person for 10 people)
  • Support for Trip Gear Needs
  • Gregory backpacks for each participant (up to 10)
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Training and project supervision from experienced park staff
  • Logistical support and meal planning guidance

Your group must have a MINIMUM of 6 and a MAXIMUM of 10.
Financial Assistance Recipient Requirements:
-Group Size of 10
-18+ years of age
-Group is responsible for arranging travel ($3,000 travel stipend provided)
-Group is responsible for purchasing and preparing food ($750 food stipend provided)
-Group must be willing to provide photos and/or video from the week


Please list someone that we can contact to provide a reference for your group. It can be an adviser, professor, mentor, etc.