The Adventure Queens Grant
The Adventure Queens Grant is our way of helping women take on their first human-powered, boundary-pushing, life-changing adventure through providing funding, kit and mentoring.
Grant applications for 2021 will open on 4th October! More details to follow!
“Suffice it to say, adventure has changed my life. That first big leap of faith started a chain reaction which ejected me from the mundane rut down which I was travelling, and catapulted me across bumpy, uneven plains anew. And ever since I returned home from that first big adventure, it’s been a dream of mine to give someone else the option to derail their own life too…”
Anna McNuff – Adventure Queens Co-Founder
Meet Our Past Winners
Bristol-based Emma likes trail and endurance running. Looking for a challenge with a difference, Emma ran all of the 60 North-East Metro stations, a route of 62 miles from Newcastle Airport through to Sunderland.
Sue cycled, ran and hiked 1,300 miles from Trieste to Monaco, along the spine of the Alps, following the Via Alpina which passes through all eight alpine countries. @adventurequeenmother
Whilst rollerblading and cycling 1,500km across England from Newcastle to Brighton, Frit raised awareness for LGBTQIA issues #Glideforpride
A fan of slow adventuring and connecting with nature, Vanessa wandered one summer along three of Sweden’s most iconic hiking trails: the Kungsleden, Höga Kustenleden and St Olavsleden, accepting peace and healing along the way.
“My purpose in life is to share happiness in nature”. Harriet is a lover of human-powered adventure; long distance hikes, bike packing and most recently multi-day canicross. In 2021 Harriet ran the 160km Beacons Way with her dog Jack.
Despite describing herself as “not an experienced hiker”, Fredi is hiking the length of the pennine way. She wants to encourage other South Asian women over 50 to take on similar challenges.
Lindsey cycled 1,000 miles around the UK, including the iconic NC500 in the Scottish Highlands, after quitting her corporate job and the end of her 10 year marriage. New to cycling and camping throughout this epic challenge was, by her own admission, way out of her comfort zone!
A back injury may have delayed the start to her adventure, but Catherine is all set to walk Coast to Coast in summer 2022.
The Adventure Queens Grant 2021 – supported by ARC’TERYX UK, KOMOOT & OSPREY
Once again we’re teaming up with the wonderful folks at Arc’teryx UK to provide three winners with £500 worth of kit and Osprey, who will be kitting out the winners with one of their legendary rucksacks.
We’re also delighted to have Komoot on board, who will be providing £200 cash for each winner for their trip, a Premium Komoot subscription (worth £79.99) and support and training on route planning.
Photo credit: David Altabev
This year, one of our grant spots will be allocated to a woman wanting to use their proposed adventure to connect with nature as part of our inaugural Jessi Tucker Memorial Grant. In addition to the prizes listed above, they will be provided with specific resources and support on nature connectedness.
Jessi was out longest serving Adventure Queens Volunteer – working closely with our founders to make this amazing community what it is today. She was a woman with many talents – a fellow of the Royal Geographic Society with a range of expeditions under her belt: a poet; an emergency medicine doctor; an award-winning writer and to us, a real champion of the Adventure Queens. Jessi was a great lover of nature – she rests under a beautiful oak tree in Surrey.
What’s On Offer?
Three lucky winners of the Adventure Queens Grant will receive the following goodies:
£500 worth of Arcteryx kit, and help from the wonderful folks in store at Arc’teryx UK to help you pick the right gear for your trip
Mentoring from our fab Adventure Queens Grant mentors to help plan your adventure and a supportive community to help motivate and problem solve along the way
A rucksack fit for any adventure, from legendary outfitters Osprey
£200 cash for your trip, a Premium Komoot Subscription (worth £79.99) and support and training to help you plan and track your route
WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
At Adventure Queens, we firmly believe that adventures in the outdoors, where you are pushing the boundaries of your comfort zone can have an incredibly positive impact. We are looking for an Adventure Queen who is teetering right on the edge of terrified. She has never done anything quite as big as what she has planned and isn’t entirely sure that she can pull it off, but she is darn well willing to give it a go.
If this sounds like you, go ahead and apply! There are a few things we’ll be looking for in the grant applications:
- Your adventure is, at least mostly, human powered. We won’t argue with the odd bus or plane journey though to get you where you want to be! Bikepacking, running, hiking, cycling, pogo’ing…. inspire us!
- It’s probably your first big adventure and is going to be at least a few days long
- It can be based in the UK or in some far off land
- The grant would have a significant impact on giving you the gentle nudge you need to get out there and take on your challenge. Help us to understand why this trip is going to be a big deal for you.
- Ideally your adventure should take place between March and October. Those dates mean we get to share your story in time to inspire the next batch of grant applicants.
- Whilst we love the idea of adventuring helping to raise money for a good cause, we won’t be able to support something that is part of an organised fundraising or sponsored event
- If your idea involves a ‘significant other’ (male or female) in your life – well done for finding an adventure partner in crime! But the Adventure Queens Grant probably isn’t for you. We figure that having your other half in tow is a great support vehicle in itself and you probably are in less need of the Grant and the support that comes with it.
- If you’d like to be considered for the Jessi Tucker Memorial Grant, your adventure should have a focus on connecting with nature
WHAT ARE YOU AGREEING TO IF YOU APPLY?
Inspiration feeds inspiration. All we ask in return for the grant and support is that you are willing to share your story with the Adventure Queens community in a way that you feel comfortable. From the preparation stages, challenges, the trip itself and everything in between – we want to hear all about it!
So, we’d ask that you to share some pre, during, and post trip social media updates – whether that be using your own social media accounts, or we can post on your behalf. We’d also invite you to write a couple of blog posts before/after the trip and to share your story with the community and our sponsors via an interview/Q&A or talk once your trip is done.
We certainly don’t expect you to be a social media wizz, or public speaker! Just to be open to sharing your experience in a way you feel comfortable.
WHO CAN APPLY?
If you identify as a gal , are 18 or over and live in the UK, this is for you. But it’s worth checking the bit below on the kind of adventures we are hoping to support. And by ‘living in the UK’ you don’t have to be a UK citizen, but this country should be your primary base.
WHEN DO I APPLY?
Applications for the grant will open in October and be accepted until 31st December. We’ll then be spending January curled up with many cups of tea and a lot of cake reading them all. We’ll come up with a final shortlist by the end of January, and will announce the winner on February 14th. Exciting stuff!
HOW DO I APPLY?
Feeling inspired and ready to apply? AMAZING! Get yourself a pot of tea and a comfy chair and have a read through our application form. This is where you get the chance to tell us about yourself, your adventure, and why you think you would be a worthy recipient of the Adventure Queens Grant.
Applications open in October and can be completed online.
If you’ve read all the information above and still have a burning question or issue, drop us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org.