Airbnb launches $8m Athlete Travel Grant

Worldwide: Airbnb has launched its Airbnb Athlete Travel Grant to support the travel and accommodation of Olympians and Paralympians over the next eight years.

Supported by the International Olympic Committee [IOC], the Airbnb Athlete Travel Grant is projected to amass around $8 million of direct support for athletes for their travel, accommodation and training. In total, the grant will cover five Olympic and Paralympic Games, and has already collected $40 million in sponsorship for the athletes.

Airbnb joined forces with the IOC in 2019, becoming the 14th member of the TOP Programme, the highest level of Olympic sponsorship which grants category exclusive marketing rights to the Summer, Winter and Youth Olympic Games to its group of global partners.

The Airbnb Athlete Travel Grant will continue the investment that the company has made in the Olympics and Paralympics, after its launch of the Olympian and Paralympian Experiences in 2020. The programme has enabled athletes to generate income while sharing their experience and passion for their sport with guests through the Airbnb Experiences platform. With this partnership, all Olympians and Paralympians who compete will receive $500 in Airbnb promotional credit in celebration of their accomplishment.

Catherine Powell, head of hosting at Airbnb, said: “Out work with the International Olympic Committee is focused on dedicated support for individual athletes who are at the centre of the Olympic and Paralympic movement. With thousands of athletes already using Airbnb for travel needs related to training, qualification and competition, this new programme will provide much needed additional economic support.”

The debut of Airbnb’s partnership with the International Olympic and Paralympic Committees [IOC and IPC] was delayed after the Tokyo 2020 Games were postponed until this summer due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Applications for the 2021 Airbnb Athlete Travel Grant are now open to all athletes, Olympians and Paralympians, and will close on 14 May 2021 at 11:59pm PDT. For more information, visit the website here.