What is it ?

The Cyclists' Alliance have partnered with Strava to create a unique funding stream The TCAMP Pre-Career x Strava Grant. This grant aim to provide financial support to promising female cyclists who are at the beginning of their cycling career and who are prevented from maximising their potential due to financial barriers. 

Strava is providing $100,000 to finance two annual grant programmes, offering up to $50,000 in 2024 and in 2025. The scheme will provide individual grants of up to €10,000 to successful applicants for one calendar year. The TCA has the responsability to administrate the money.

Why is TCA and Strava offering this grant?

Making it to the professional level is not only about potential to perform; it also requires financial means for necessary costs, such as equipment, race entries, and professional support. 

TCA’s mission is to increase fairness, which includes reducing the likelihood that athletes with potential are prevented from pursuing a professional career due to financial barriers. The ultimate goal of The Cyclists’ Alliance and Strava is to get more female cyclists to the start line of professional cycling. 

Important Information and Eligibility Criteria

What can the grant be used for?

The grant can be used to cover specific and necessary costs incurred in the progression of an elite cycling career, including but not limited to: 

  1. Travel costs
  2. Equipment costs
  3. Race entries/costs
  4. Training costs (such as coaching)

Who is eligible to apply?

Applicants must fulfill all of the following criteria:

  1. Be a current TCA member.
  2. Demonstrate a visible and evident financial need. 
  3. Currently receive an income of less than 12,000 euros/dollars per year from cycling and personal sponsors. 
  4. Be aged between 18 and 22 years old on 1 January 2024, or have been competing in any cycling discipline for less than 3 years. 
  5. Be actively competing in a recognised UCI cycling discipline with the realistic aim of reaching international level in the next 2 years.
  6. Demonstrate a successful competitive record within their discipline and/or age group.
  7. Be willing and able to commit to give back to your community

Information about the 2025 STRAVA Grant to be published soon... stay tuned.