Grant Program

The American Pilgrims' mission statement includes fostering the enduring tradition of the Camino by supporting its infrastructure, by gathering pilgrims together, and by providing information and encouragement to past and future pilgrims. As part of its mission in support of the Camino de Santiago, American Pilgrims on the Camino offers grants or scholarships in three major categories: 1) Infrastructure and Gathering, information and encouragement; 2) hospitalero training; and 3) hospitalero service support. Details of the granting requirements and the application process are set forth below.

American Pilgrims offers grants or scholarships through four programs, each with different goals and requirements:

El formulario de solicitud para el Programa de Subvenciones para Infraestructuras y Recolección, Información y Fomento está disponible en castellano. Haz clic AQUÍ por favor.

Grants Awarded over the past three years include:

• In 2016 American Pilgrims on the Camino awarded over $49,000 in funds to support the Camino. Click HERE for the details.
• In 2015 American Pilgrims on the Camino 
awarded over $31,000 in funds to support the Camino. Click HERE for the details.
• In 2014 American Pilgrims on the Camino awarded over $24,000 in funds to support the Camino abroad and in the U.S. Click HERE for the details.

Infrastructure and Gathering, Information and Encouragement Grant Program

Grants are made in the following two categories: 

  1. Infrastructure grants are for projects whose aim is to develop and improve the infrastructure of the Camino de Santiago. These are typically made to non private albergues or to non-profit organizations that work to further develop the infrastructure of the Camino in Spain, France and Portugal. Each grant is limited to a maximum of $6,000. Applicants whose grants are accepted for three consecutive years must wait at least one year before being eligible to receive another award.

  2. Gathering, information and encouragement grants are made to charitable organizations in North America to support regional events that bring together past and future pilgrims with the aim of informing, promoting and encouraging people who would like to experience or have experienced the Camino de Santiago. The annual funding for grants in this category is limited to a maximum of $1,000. Applicants whose grants are accepted for three consecutive years must wait at least one year before being eligible to apply for another award.

Individuals, for-profit enterprises and entities fully subsidized by local, regional or federal governments are not eligible to apply. Grants are not made for funding general operations of an organization or albergue.

Proposal Preparation and Submission

Proposals must be submitted using the online American Pilgrims grant application form. The deadline for submission was May 1, 2017 - the 2017 cycle has closed. The application form can be reached by clicking HERE. In the form there is the facility for uploading the two required letters of reference, evidence of non-profit status and a complete budget. Any documents in paper form will have to be scanned prior to uploading. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Proposal Review
Proposals will be reviewed by a committee composed of the American Pilgrims’ Board of Directors and members at large. The committee recommends proposals to the Board, with final funding approval made by the Board.

Proposals should address the project’s ability to further American Pilgrims’ mission; as well as the applicant’s resourcefulness in seeking funding and resources from other sources. Because grant funds are limited, applicants should be aware that American Pilgrims may be able to award only a portion of the amount requested.

Proposal Funding

Notification of funding will be made no later than August 20, 2017. Successful applicants will be required to complete and submit the American Pilgrims Grant Acceptance Form prior to the transfer of any funds.

Spending and Reporting Policies

American Pilgrims funding is to be spent within one calendar year of the award. Grant recipients must submit a final report within six months of the expenditure of the American Pilgrims grant funds.

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Hospitalero Training Scholarship Program

The purpose of this scholarship is as follows: 

The American Pilgrims Hospitalero Training Scholarship makes participation in one of the organization’s hospitalero trainings financially feasible for members of American Pilgrims. The scholarship funds the registration fees for American Pilgrims hospitalero training. After completing the training, the newly trained hospitalero will be prepared to volunteer in an albergue on the Camino de Santiago. A maximum of one (1) grant per workshop may be available

Scholarship Eligibility
In order to take part in hospitalero training:
     • you must be a current member of American Pilgrims on the Camino,
     • you must have walked at least 100 km (or cycled 200 km) on the Camino,

     • you must be at least 18 years of age at the time of the training, and
     • you must have overnighted in at least three non‑private (municipally-, parochially- or association-run) albergues on the Camino. 

Applicants must demonstrate financial need and must address their specific plans, including planned timeline, for volunteering in an albergue in their application.

Scholarship Application Submission
Applications are available online and must be submitted electronically to at least 60 days prior to an American Pilgrims hospitalero training. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. See the Hospitaleros page for general information about training.

The application form is available in PDF and Microsoft Word format

Funding and Post-Volunteer Responsibilities

Notification of funding will be made no later than one month before the hospitalero training. After the training, scholarship recipients will be asked to write a 100-word statement describing how the scholarship facilitated their participation in the training; this statement may be used in La Concha, the American Pilgrims newsletter.

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The Michael Wyatt Hospitalero Service Grant Program

The Michael Wyatt Hospitalero Service Grant helps American Pilgrims members with a financial need have an hospitalero volunteer service experience, allowing them to “give back” to the Camino. The $500 grants help offset the cost of travel from the U.S. to Europe to serve as a volunteer hospitalero at a Camino albergue for a minimum of two weeks. The hospitalero assignment must be completed during or the calendar year following the award. Funding is provided as a reimbursement once the assignment has been completed.

This program is named in loving memory of The Reverend Michael Wyatt, who served as Chair of the American Pilgrims Board of Directors from 2006 – 2008. Michael’s insightful, wise, enthusiastic and caring leadership and belief in service to pilgrims were key factors in American Pilgrims’ ability to blossom into a truly national organization. Michael passed away in July of 2009.

Proposal Submission
The hospitalero service should be completed during the current or following calendar year of the scholarship grant.

The application form is available in PDF and Microsoft Word format

     • Applicants must be a current member of American Pilgrims on the Camino at the time of application and service.
Applicants must demonstrate financial need, which can be addressed on the application.

In order to encourage new hospitaleros, first-time volunteers will have priority.

Applicants should plan to volunteer in an albergue sponsored by the Spanish Federation of Camino Associations or any non-private albergue on any of the various routes on the Camino.

Funding and Post-Volunteer Responsibilities

Upon return, the grant recipient must provide a letter or certificate from the albergue or Spanish Federation verifying his/her volunteer assignment, and submit a written account of the hospitalero experience. This account may be published  in La Concha, American Pilgrims’ newsletter. Funding for travel to Spain to volunteer as an hospitalero will be provided to the volunteer after he/she returns from his/her assignment.

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Rev 05/25/17