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ADVENTURE GRANT AVAILABLE FOR 18-24 YR OLDS

The Now on Earth Youth Adventure Grant (NOEYAG) is aimed at supporting young adults (18-24) who wish to undertake an adventurous expedition, and small charitiable organisations who take young people into wilderness for adventure experiences*. We believe that adventure can have a hugely positive and long-term impact on self-confidence, resilience and fulfilment. Mental health challenges, particularly in teens and young adults, are on the rise. We hope to give young people the opportunity to challenge themselves, by offering some financial support for their adventure endeavours. Money should not be a barrier to attempting what could be a transformational life experience. By offering expedition funding for young people in the form of small grants, we hope to make adventure more accessible to more young people.

Our grant judges include Belinda Kirk of Explorers Connect, a leading voice promoting the benefits of adventure for wellbeing, and author of the best-selling, award-nominated book Adventure Revolution: The life-changing power of choosing challenge. Belinda has pioneered inclusive expeditions for people with disabilities and led dozens of youth development expeditions around the world.

In summer 2024 we will be offering a single special grant award of up to £2000 (dependent on how much we raise with our Summit to City Challenge), which will be open to applications from small charitable organisations that take disadvantaged young people into wild places for adventurous experiences. This award will open to applications from organisations in August 2024. Sign up to our newsletter for updates.

PLEASE READ GRANT GUIDELINES BEFORE COMPLETING THE APPLICATION FORM.

If you have any question regarding your application that can’t be answered in the guidelines, please email connect@nowonearth.com

Challenge 24: Summit to City Cycle

OUR NEXT YOUTH ADVENTURE GRANT FUNDRAISING CHALLENGE ‘SUMMIT TO CITY’ IS COMING IN JUNE 24!

Support our intrepid team in the 2024 self-supported/self-funded, fundraising challenge ‘Summit to City’, in aid of the Now on Earth Youth Adventure Grant! The team will be cycling from Mount Triglav to Mostar, crossing 3 countries and climbing 3 mountains on foot along the route!

Three countries, three summits! We’re currently gathering a small (but mighty!) team to undertake a self-funded, self-organised cycling and mountain climbing challenge in June this year. The NOEYAG 2024 Challenge begins with a two-day summit (on foot) of  Mount Triglav (2864m), the highest mountain in the Julian Alps of Slovenia, before commencing a road and gravel cycle through the mountains of Slovenia. We cycle across the border into Croatia, stopping in Rijeka to transport (hopefully by ferry) to Zadar, from where we’ll cycle the coastal route to Split, meeting our second summit – Veliki Kabal (1339m) the highest summit on the Mosor Massif. The cycle then continues across the border into Bosnia and Herzegovina, to the mountains of Blidinje Nature Park where we meet our final summit Veliki Vran (2074m), the highest peak on the Vran Massive. From there we progress to the final section of cycling, to the beautiful city of Mostar, crossing the ‘finish line’ on reaching the iconic Stari Most bridge.

The challenge is entirely self-funded, all sponsorship will go directly to the Youth Adventure Grant, which is set up as a crowdfunder on JustGiving.

WHY OFFER A GRANT?

We’re facing an unprecedented mental health crisis. There is a significant, growing body of evidence that shows that outdoors adventure and challenge are essential to our wellbeing. The adventurous elements once commonplace in children’s upbringing have been gradually stripped away, by health and safety measures in schools and wider society, and by the drifting apart of extended family groups and communities, who would once have collectively kept an eye on children, allowing them freedom to explore within safe boundaries. The risk-averse approaches to parenting, understandably forged by constant exposure to negative media stories, along with fears about the climate crisis, excessive screen time and the huge pressures of social media, all contribute to poor mental health in young people.

There is an imbalance that urgently needs to be addressed. We’re advocates of the #AdventureRevolution and the #AdventureMind movement. By giving young people the opportunity to challenge themselves, adventure can lead them to uncover new perspectives, develop stronger social connections, lessen anxiety, increase self-belief, and access deeper levels of resilience. We encourage our applicants to tell the story of their adventure on their return, by means of a blog post or short film which we share on the website, to celebrate their endeavours.

This year we hope to raise enough funds to split the grant between the usual individual/small team applicants, and also make an award to a suitable charitable organisation who take groups of youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds into wilderness for adventurous experiences.

RECOMMENDED FURTHER READING

Adventure Revolution

CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP

If you are a business interested in aligning with our grant project and supporting the Now on Earth Youth Adventure Grant in any way, please get in touch with Chloe at connect@nowonearth.com! We have some great corporate sponsorship options available, the details of which can be downloaded below. 

OUR SUPPORTERS

Big love to these awesome companies who have supported our Youth Adventure Grant!

Gamma

SUMMIT TO EAT

Our ‘Yomping the Hajar’ challenge is kindly fuelled by Summit to Eat, real adventure food for real adventurers. Whether it’s a family camping trip, major expedition or a weekend hike with your mates Summit to Eat offer a wide range of delicious, nutritious, real meals. Expertly prepared then freeze dried to provide a lightweight, versatile food source to help fuel any adventure.

Mavin Powercube

MAVIN POWERCUBE

Mavin is a leading Enterprise IT Services and Data Centre solutions provider specialising in innovative, modular, custom containerised solutions.

Systems in Technology

SYSTEMS IN TECHNOLOGY

Systems in Technology provide tailored, sustainable smart technology and communication solutions to public and private sector businesses. By engaging with our technology solutions, we can offer substantial energy and cost-saving benefits and improved performance and reliability.

Gamma

GAMMA

We combine voice, connectivity and mobile services into unified communications to keep businesses moving forward.

Advanced DataCentre Systems

ADVANCED DATACENTRE SYSTEMS

We design and deliver bespoke Data Centre Infrastructure Management solutions and we help you improve the efficiency of your datacentre and save money whilst doing so.

Southern Cranes and Access

SOUTHERN CRANES AND ACCESS

A family run business providing mobile crane hire, contract lifting and powered access solutions. With vast experience in the industry at every level of the business, we aim to provide our customers with a safe and reliable service every time.

Advanced DataCentre Systems

GROUNDHOG UK

Groundhog UK is a long established company with a state of the art modern manufacturing facility. We specialise in the manufacture of mobile and static environmentally efficient welfare units, designed and built by our in-house team.

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