The Rowell Fund for Tibet begins its fourth year of accepting applications for funding from September 1 – 30, 2006. The Fund is seeking to support Tibetans who can make a significant contribution to their community and/or an international audience in the fields of visual arts and media, and environmental and women’s rights. Examples of projects include, but not limited to, photography, book projects, women’s issues and environmental awareness.

The Rowell Fund for Tibet was initiated in memory of late Galen and Barbara Rowell, who were longtime friends of Tibet. Galen and Barbara cooperated with His Holiness the Dalai Lama to produce My Tibet, a touching book that captured the natural essence of Tibet. Their love and passion for photography and writing introduced the beauty of Tibet and its threatened ecosystem and culture to countless people around the globe. Following their tragic passing, ICT’s Board of Directors, family and friends of the Rowell’s established the Rowell Fund to honor and perpetuate the goals and ideals of Galen and Barbara in the Tibetan community.

This year’s funding was raised in conjunction with the Rowell Fund Board of Advisors. A group of famous mountaineers, ICT staff and ICT members and supporters climbed Mt. Whitney and raised more than $40,000 to be granted this fall. Climbers included Conrad Anker, Peter Croft, John Ackerly, Denise Clegg, Tony Rowell, a Tibetan scholar from Tibet, Bob Greco, Abby Bronson, John Fager, Curt Jones, Bruce Rich, and Justin Black.

Interested applicants should send in their applications from Sept. 1 to Sept. 30, 2006 with the following: (1) a cover letter, (2) description of the project (3-5 pages), (3) budget proposal (maximum of US$7,500) and (4) names and contact information of two references. Applications can be sent via email (rowellfund@savetibet.org) or by post at:

Rowell Fund for Tibet
International Campaign for Tibet
1825 Jefferson Place, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

Received applications will be confirmed by the ICT staff and compiled and sent to the Advisory Board of the Rowell Fund for Tibet in late October. Grantees will be notified in early December and the funds will be distributed in mid-December. Grantees are required to send in a report on the results of the project and how the funds were spent by Dec.1 of the following year.

Visit the Rowell Fund section of our website for more details on the Rowell Fund. For more information on Galen and Barbara Rowell, please visit their site at www.mountainlight.com. For more information about benefit climbs, please visit 50 For Tibet’s website at www.50fortibet.org.