From September 1 to September 30, 2005, the Rowell Fund for Tibet will be accepting applications for funding from Tibetans who can make significant contributions to society. The Fund seeks to support environmental and women’s projects as well as journalism, photography and other visual arts.

During its first year, the Rowell Fund gave $37,240 to twelve projects and $49,476 in its second year to eleven projects.

Galen Rowell was the Co-chair of ICT’s Board of Advisors and a longtime friend of Tibet. Together, Galen and Barbara produced the book My Tibet, with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and introduced Tibet to countless people around the world. Through photographs and writing, they documented and brought attention to many threatened ecosystems and cultures. Following the tragic deaths of Galen and Barbara Rowell in August 2002, ICT’s Board of Directors and close friends and family of the Rowell’s established a fund to carry on Galen and Barbara Rowell’s legacy in the Tibetan community.

Funds are raised each year specifically for this fund by ICT in conjunction with the Rowell Fund Board of Advisors. This year, four of the Advisors, David Breashears, Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and John Ackerly are leading a benefit climb with a group of 11 people up the Grand Teton (13,770 feet) in Wyoming. The climb will raise $60,000 for the Fund. The other advisors to the Fund are Justin Black, Bob and Beth Cushman, John Jancik and Terri Baker, Bob Palais, Tony Rowell and Ray and Nicole Rowell Ryan.

Applications should include a cover letter, 3-5 page description of the project, a budget, and two references. Maximum Rowell Fund grants are $5,000. Final grant selection is carried out by the Board of Advisors in November, and grant funds are distributed in December.

You can find more details on the Fund and how to apply here. For more information about Galen and Barbara Rowell, go to www.mountainlight.com.