The Next Challenge Expedition Grant

The Next Challenge Expedition Grant

The 2016 Next Challenge Grant has now closed for applications and donations

The Next Challenge Grant is a bursary for small expeditions and adventures.

The money comes from me (Tim Moss), small crowdfunded donations and contributions from other adventurers.

Applications for the 2017 Next Challenge Grant will open towards the end of 2016.

What You Get

  • Money: A share of £2,000
  • Kit: including Keen shoes, Exped/Petz/Ortlieb and more
  • Help: from me, if you want it
  • Plus: special pots of money available for cycling, environmentally sustainability, France and filming your adventure

Guidelines

Anyone can apply.

However, we are particularly interested in people who haven’t done much of this sort of thing before.

Your trip should be:

  1. Independently organised: you need to plan the expedition yourself, not pay someone else to or join an organised tour.
  2. Original: it doesn’t need to involve a pogo stick (please) but it should be something interesting.
  3. Not big budget: this is a small grant. 2015 awards were between £70 and £800.
  4. Usually involve physical exertion: walking, cycling, climbing, swimming, running etc
  5. Usually involve camping: there are good exceptions (e.g. short trips) but most will involve sleeping outside at some point
  6. Starting by August 2017

How it works

There are two stages:

1. Initial Application

A very short Google Form with the basic outline of who you are and what your idea is. Deadline Friday 10th June.

2. Shortlist & Detailed Application

A shortlist will be invited to complete a full application form with more details about their plans.

Background

This grant was originally set up by me, Tim Moss, in 2015. I received many expedition grants when I was younger and they helped me undertake some fantastic adventures which have shaped the person I am today. I am now in a position where I can give something back.

After I launched the grant, lots of other people came forward to offer their support too, including 100 members of the public making small donations of £2 or £3.

The grant was a great success in 2015 so I’ve decided to run it again this year.

Backers

The 2016 expedition grant is made possible by the following adventurers and organisations. Plus, I hope, £3 donations from members of the public.

Tom Allen

Tom Allen

Travel and adventure has played a huge role in my life, a teacher of countless life lessons that I couldn’t have learned any other way. I’m proud to be part of a grant-giving project to give others that same opportunity.

Mark Beaumont

Mark Beaumont

Getting to the start of any adventure is the hardest part – actually committing to take on your big idea and then raise the support. This grant is unlikely to cover all the costs, but I hope is a catalyst to get you going. And you can also pick each of our brains for advice – but beware, we are a motley crew with some odd ideas of what defines good fun!”

Margaret Bowling

Margaret Bowling

I grew up in Tasmania, where adventure is just what you do on the weekends. I’d love everyone to have that same opportunity. So I urge you all, regardless of whether you are awarded a grant or not, to make adventure just what you do on the weekends. Instead of ‘wild’ swimming or camping, make it just swimming or camping. Instead of going on an ‘expedition’ just head off on a trip for a bit. Make adventure your everyday. “
Margaret is donating her money towards the expedition with the best filming potential.

Richard Harpham

Richard Harpham

“The best adventure is the one that you take. Whether they are big or small adventures are the perfect antidote to the pressures of modern life. I was lucky enough to discover adventure through Scouts and my sport of kayaking and canoeing.  I hope this grant and support proves to be the first step for lots of people to step out of their comfort zone and be inspired to head into the great outdoors.”

Richard is offering free tuition for any paddling expeditions through his Adventure School.

Tim Brayshaw

 Tim Brayshaw

I have loved reading about all the fantastic adventures last year’s grant enabled. The wide variety of expeditions embarked upon was truly inspiring and has certainly given me ideas for future trips. Only by getting people out and about discovering our planet will we inspire people to care enough to look after it for the future. Going on adventures and having fun outdoors should be available to everyone. I am delighted to support a scheme which helps make this a possibility.”
Tim’s contribution will go towards an expedition that really considers and gives thought to it’s environmental impact.

Anna McNuff

Anna McNuff

As a middle sibling, with two brothers you’d likely have found a younger me on a football pitch, ragging a battered BMX through the forest, climbing trees or face-planting into the nearest muddy puddle. Adventures as a kid are simple and daily occurrences, and adult life should be no different. I’m stoked to be supporting a grant which will help some big kids find their way back to the freedom and simplicity of an adventurous life.”

Matt Bridgestock

Matt Bridgestock

20 years ago I was given my first ‘proper adventure’ sponsorship of £100 by a lovely guy called Richard Armetis. He told me it would “change my life”. I wasn’t sure I wanted my life changed, but it did, completely. It’s probably time to pay that favour back.”

Leon McCarron

Leon McCarron

A relatively small amount of money can go a very long way on an adventure (most of my trips have cost well under £1000 for weeks or months of travel.) I’m proud to be supporting this grant in the hope that by breaking down a financial barrier, this initiative will help someone make a fantastic journey out there in the wilds of the world.

Alastair Humphreys

Alastair Humphreys

I have had many wonderful adventures in my life and it’s brilliant now to be able to help other people get going on their own exciting journeys.”

Lyn Eyb

Lyn Eyb

I grew up riding my bike for a sense of freedom and independence. As a kid, I’d jump on my bike and ride the 17 or 18km to my grandma’s just to get away. An adventure doesn’t have to take you across the world – just to a different space. I love how this grant is making it possible for others to find their own space.”

Lyn is donating her €150 (~£120) towards doing something cool in France.

Cycle Touring Festival

The Cycle Touring Festival

The Cycle Touring Festival is a not-for-profit event oragnised by my wife, Laura, who is donating £200 towards the best bike-based adventure ideas.

Tim Moss

Tim Moss

I received a lot of grants when I was younger and am now in a position to return the favour. That’s why I’m donating all the money that my website’s made in advertising to help someone else have adventure.”

The Public

You, the Public

As well as the adventurers and organisations above, the grant is part funded by £3 donations from members of the public. Would you like to be part of it?

Click here to find out more and donate

2015 Grant

The Next Challenge Grant first ran in 2015. The winners were:

  • Elise Downing – Running the Coast of Great Britain (£800)
  • George & Jaxson – Crossing Stradbroke Island – £70
  • Richard Fairbrother – Great Wall Winter Walk – £125
  • Mikey Bartley – Five Ascents of Alp d’Huez on a Fixed Gear Bike – £100
  • Ben Smith & Judith Pope – Pakrafting the Caledonian Canal – £100
  • Katie Tunn – A Month on an Uninhabited Island – £100
  • Robison Ellin – 48 Hour Cycle to/from Anne Frank Museum – £100
  • Abbie Barns – Walking all the National Trails – £200
  • Sebastian Schweizer – Swimming the Gulf of Orosei – Kit only
  • Carmen Braun – 100 Nights’ Camping in a Calendar Year – Kit only

Click here for full details of the 2015 grant and the winners

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