The Outride Fund has awarded over $1.5 million dollars to more than 173 community cycling projects across the US. The Outride grant committee will assess projects on the basis of their alignment with our mission and research, an organization’s viability and capacity to create impact, and the organization’s commitment to equity and access.
The grants are focused on:
- Social, Emotional and Cognitive health:
- We believe in the power of cycling to increase wellness and mental health for participants and their community.
- Equity and Access:
- We also want to expand opportunities to access the benefits of cycling, partnering with programs that intentionally work to provide the social, emotional, and cognitive health benefits of cycling to underrepresented demographic groups.
- In general, grants will be between $5,000 and $15,000 and we want to see grantee projects realizing impact within in a year.
- They do not fund more than 50% of a project’s budget or more than 10% of an organization’s total annual operating expenses.
- Identifies specific goals and objectives that are aligned with our mission and can be effectively measured to evaluate success
- Has clear strategies or programs to achieve those goals
- Builds an equitable, inclusive, and diverse cycling community
- Is done by organizations with 501(c)(3) status, or a comparable fiscal sponsor.
- Is focused on youth development
- Grant recipients must align with our mission. Organizations eligible for the Outride Fund must have 501(c)(3) status, or a comparable fiscal sponsor. Grantees must be based in the U.S, and serve U.S. communities.
- We will accept one proposal per organization and year. Grant amount will vary based on the project.
- School-based cycling programs
- Youth racing teams emphasizing mental health among riders
- Trail construction projects in places where there is little trail access or for a specific community-based/school-based program
- Educational programs
- Infrastructure projects tied to a specific program or purpose related to mental and cognitive health
- Political campaigns
- Bike advocacy/policy initiatives
- General use only trail development, maintenance, or restoration (we do fund trails affiliated with programs or schools)
- Programs not focused on cycling
- Programs focused on cycling but not focused on its impact on social, emotional, and cognitive health or expanding equity and access
For more information, visit Outride.