Kamran On Bike
Cycling Adventure Grant
KOB cycling adventure grant 2023
Unchain Your Adventure
If you’ve been dreaming to embark on a thrilling cycling adventure but lacked the funds or courage to take the leap, the time has come to conquer those obstacles and make your dreams a reality! The KOB Adventure Grant aims to provide funding and mentorship to individuals who have a deep passion for cycling and storytelling. Apply and share your dream project with us. Grant recipients will have the opportunity to embark on challenging adventures, where they will gather inspiring stories from the world. Applications for the grant will open on October 1, 2023, and close on October 31, 2023.
Grant Amount: US$3,000
Open Grant: $2,500
To be distributed among winners. Each winner gets $150–$600.
* Open for all genders.
50% quota for Pakistani nationals 🇵🇰
50% quota for all other countries 🌎
Women-Only Grant: $500
To be distributed among winners*
* Only for women based in Pakistan.
- Applications open: 1st October 2023
- Applications close: 31st October 2023
- Winner Announcement: 15th November 2023
WHO CAN APPLY?
- This grant is only for cycling-related adventures.
- Applicants can be solo travelers or small teams.
- The applicants can be of any country, any gender identity, and any age who are at least 18 years old.
- Applicants must be passionate about cycling and adventure travel.
- Applicants must be physically fit.
- Applicants must have a clear plan for a bicycle adventure travel project that promotes cycling in some way. The project must involve a physical challenge.
- The proposed bicycle adventure travel project must happen before June 2024.
- Applicants must have an Instagram account.
- Applicants must be willing to share their experiences and insights through social media, blog posts, or other forms of public outreach.
- Applicants must be good at photography and writing or videography.
- The grant money can be used for expenses related to the proposed project, including travel, equipment, and supplies.
- The award is for independent travel. We will not consider any journey joining a commercial expedition or pre-paid tour.
How to APPLY?
Step 1: Applicants must fill out the application form. Any and all personal details provided must be true and accurate.
Step 2: Follow @kob.adventures @kamranonbike @gatescarbondrive @themadhatters.pk accounts on Instagram.
Step 3: Create one or more posts by uploading video, imagery or text on your Instagram account introducing yourself and the project you are seeking grant for, and why this project matters to you. Add the following tags in your post: #KobGrant #KobGrant2023 #UnchainYourAdventure @kob.adventures @kamranonbike @gatescarbondrive @themadhatters.pk
Step 4: Reach out to your friends and ask them to like, comment, and re-share your Instagram post. The higher the engagement on your post, the better.
Note: You must fill out the application form AND publish at least one post on Instagram to apply. You can publish multiple posts to introduce yourself, your project, and why you are passionate about it. The project proposal and social media posts should be written in either English or Urdu language.
Remember, you must make your Instagram profile public, so we can see your content.
If your application is shortlisted, you may be asked to develop a detailed proposal.
apply For Grant
Applications for the 2023 Adventure Grant will open on 1st October 2023. For the latest updates, follow @kob.adventures on Instagram.
Requirements for Participation
- Participants understand and acknowledge that cycling adventures involve inherent risks, including but not limited to accidents, injuries, and unforeseen circumstances. Participants accept full responsibility for their actions and release the KAMRAN ON BIKE ADVENTURE GRANT organizers and partners from any liability for personal injuries, damages, or losses incurred during the adventure.
- Applicants are advised to have proper insurance coverage, including medical insurance, to cover any potential expenses or emergencies during their adventures. It is recommended to consult with appropriate professionals and take necessary precautions to ensure their safety throughout the grant period.
- By submitting an application to the KAMRAN ON BIKE ADVENTURE GRANT, participants grant the KOB Team and its affiliated partners irrevocable rights to repost, use, modify, and convert their submitted materials, including but not limited to photos, videos, and written content, for the purpose of creating grant-related promotional material. This includes the right to edit, crop, resize, enhance, or otherwise modify the content as deemed necessary for promotional purposes.
- Participants retain their ownership rights to the original content submitted. However, they acknowledge that their submitted materials may be featured on the grant website, social media platforms, promotional campaigns, and other marketing materials associated with the KAMRAN ON BIKE ADVENTURE GRANT. The KOB Team and its affiliated partners may continue to use and promote the converted, edited, or modified content in perpetuity, even after the conclusion of the grant program. The KOB Team will make reasonable efforts to provide appropriate attribution whenever the participants’ content is used.
- By granting these rights, participants confirm that they have full ownership and rights to the submitted materials and that they have obtained any necessary permissions or releases from third parties featured in the content.
- The organizers reserve the right to modify the grant guidelines, criteria, or other aspects of the program at any time without prior notice.
- By submitting an application, applicants confirm that they have read, understood, and agreed to the terms and conditions outlined in the disclaimer.
- When filling out the application form, be concise.
- Keep your project proposal short but comprehensive. If you are shortlisted, we will ask for a detailed proposal.
- When creating the content for Instagram, be original and creative.
- Use your own imagery/text.
- Show us your storytelling skills.
- Your journey must matter to you. We must feel your enthusiasm.
After You are selected
- Notification and Detailed Proposal: If you are shortlisted, you will be notified via email and may be requested to submit a detailed proposal.
- Announcement of Winners: After reviewing the detailed proposals, the final winners will be officially announced.
- Grant Announcement on Instagram: It is mandatory to announce your grant win on your Instagram account.
- Mentorship Sessions: Winners are expected to attend mentorship sessions to refine their project and receive guidance.
- Sharing Vision and Execution Plan: Share your project’s vision, execution plan, and project dates on social media platforms.
- Funding Disbursement: One month prior to commencing your project, you will receive the allocated grant amount from Kamran On Bike.
- Regular Updates on Social Media: Throughout your adventure, provide regular updates and share captivating stories on social media.
- Final Report Submission: After concluding the project, submit a brief report with pictures and videos, illustrating how the grant contributed to fulfilling your dreams.
Don’t forget to include the following tags in all your social media posts: #KobGrant #KobGrant2023 #UnchainYourAdventure @kob.adventures @kamranonbike @gatescarbondrive @themadhatters.pk
No. Anyone with the passion for cycling is welcome to apply. We do however prefer those applicants who are actively cycling, even in their own city.
The choice is completely up to you! You have the freedom to decide what adventure you want to take on, whether it’s a one-day excursion or an extended journey. However, please note that your proposed adventure must include a physical challenge. When evaluating project proposals, we will consider various factors, including the scale of the adventure, the requested funding, how you plan to allocate the budget, the level of physical challenge involved, and most importantly, your enthusiasm. We truly value your passion, so don’t hesitate to share what has been holding you back from embarking on the cycling adventure you’ve been dreaming about!
Absolutely! You have the freedom to choose your adventure destination anywhere in the world. However, we strongly advise you to prioritize safety and take necessary precautions throughout your journey. It’s important to research and understand the local conditions, regulations, and potential risks associated with your chosen destination. By prioritizing safety, you can fully enjoy your adventure while minimizing potential hazards.
Yes, individuals as well as couples and small teams are welcome. Please do mention it in your application.
The minimum age limit to apply is 18. There is no upper age limit! You can be of any gender or any country to apply.
In Open Grant, there is a 50% quota for Pakistani nationals and 50% quota for applicants from all other countries.
Apart from filling out the application form, you must create at least one post on your Instagram account to tell us about you and your project. If you do not have your own Instagram account, create one, and don’t forget to set your profile to “public”.
We encourage you to showcase your authentic self and express your project through one or more posts on Instagram. Feel free to use a combination of videos, imagery, and text to convey your story. Be creative, inspiring, and aim to move us with your unique narrative. Let your content reflect the passion and essence of your project!
We accept project proposals and social media content in both English and Urdu languages. You are free to choose the language that you are most comfortable with and that best allows you to express your ideas and experiences. Whether you prefer English or Urdu, we value your authentic storytelling and encourage you to share your adventures in the language that resonates with you.
Not at all! The number of followers on Instagram does not play a significant role in our evaluation process. What truly matters is your storytelling ability, the authenticity of your content, your passion for cycling, and your determination to pursue your dreams. We value the substance of your project and the dedication you bring to it, rather than the size of your follower count. So, don’t let the number of followers hold you back from applying and sharing your inspiring journey with us!
The decision to introduce a separate Adventure Grant exclusively for women is driven by our commitment to empowering women in Pakistan. We recognize that women often face unique challenges and limited opportunities in pursuing their passions, including cycling adventures. By creating a dedicated grant for women, we aim to provide them with a platform to overcome barriers, showcase their talents, and inspire others within their communities.
This initiative aims to promote gender equality, encourage more women to embrace adventure, and foster a supportive and inclusive environment. We believe that by offering this opportunity exclusively to women, we can help address the existing gender disparities and empower women to pursue their dreams fearlessly.
The Women-Only Grant has been sponsored by The Mad Hatters, a women-led travel company in Pakistan.
The grant recipients are expected to utilize the awarded funds until 31st May 2024. This timeframe provides ample opportunity to plan and undertake the cycling adventure, allocate resources, and execute the proposed project.
We encourage grant recipients to manage their budget effectively and ensure that the funds are used for the intended purposes outlined in their project proposals.
It is important to communicate any significant changes or delays in project execution to the grant organizers, allowing for transparency and appropriate adjustments if needed.
The jury consists of Kamran On Bike, representatives from the grant sponsors, and fellow adventurers who bring their expertise and experience to evaluate the grant applications. This diverse panel ensures a comprehensive and fair assessment of the proposals, considering various perspectives and insights from the cycling and adventure community.
WANNA CONTRIBUTE TO THE GRANT?
If you want to contribute to the grant, you have the option to make a donation. By donating, you will be directly supporting the Adventure Grant 2023 and helping us fund more adventurers. Your generous contribution will play a vital role in enabling individuals to embark on inspiring cycling adventures and share their stories with the world. Together, we can make a meaningful impact and empower even more passionate individuals to chase their dreams.
We are grateful to the following individuals for contributing to the 2023 Adventure Grant:
- Mohsin Raza