Grant Guide

PeopleForBikes

Community Grants

Overview

Community grants support bicycle infrastructure projects and targeted advocacy initiatives that make bicycling easier and safer for people of all ages and abilities.

Application & Review Process

Letter of Interest Deadlines: Jan. 17 & July 24, 2020

Full Application Deadlines: Apr. 3 & Oct. 16, 2020

Applicants must first submit a letter of interest. Full project applications are then requested from a short list of qualified applicants. Applications are evaluated based on project quality, benefits to the community, measurement and evaluation, community support and partnership, role of grant funding, and project diversity.

Funding Amount

Up to $10,000

Grant requests need to have at least 1:1 grant match. A specific percentage match is not required, but leverage and funding partnerships is considered very carefully. The grant program is funded by partners in the bicycle industry, such as Batch, Cannondale, Giant, Niner, Shimano, Trek, and Vaast.

Eligibility

Projects

Bike paths, lanes, trails and bridges; mountain bike facilities; repair stations, bike racks, and storage; bike parks and pump tracks; programs that transform city streets; initiatives that are designed to increase ridership or infrastructure investment.

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Applicants

501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, city or county agencies, and state or federal agencies working on a local project are eligible to apply.

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Land Type & Geography

The program funds bike projects across the U.S. While parks and trails are not the specific focus, park and trail projects with a bicycle focus may be eligible.

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Statistics & Examples

Funding History

YearFunds Awarded# ProjectsAverage Award
2019$100,10015$6,673
2018$120,00016$7,500
2017$100,000*17$5,882
2016$100,000*16$6,250
2015$100,000*15$6,667

*Number is approximate.

Past Award Examples

AmountRecipientProject
$5,000Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike CrewBuild 4 mile single track mountain bike connector trail (2016)
$5,000Stearns CountyHelp pave 10 mile portion of the Lake Wobegon Trail (2003)
$8,000Minnesota Off-Road CyclistsExpand organizational capacity to support mountain biking (2005)
$10,000Bicycle Alliance of MinnesotaIncrease advocacy capacity and lobbying support (2014)
$10,000Loppet FoundationAdd 3.5 miles of mountain bike trails at Theodore Wirth Park (2016)

The information about this grant was last updated on 1/7/2020. Be sure to contact the granting organization directly to verify details.