Local bike shops know their communities best, making them uniquely equipped to make change happen. Founded on the belief that getting more butts on bikes is crucial for the health of our communities, the QBP Community Grant helps bike shops create and encourage ridership among youth and underserved populations, while improving the sustainability of the industry.
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This grant is made possible through the generous donations from bike industry brands and the QBP Fund. These brands are part of Dealer’s Choice — a QBP-led initiative that promotes the sustainability of the bike industry.
How It Works
- Dealer's Choice enrolled retailer determines and develops local project plan
- Retailer completes initial application
- If selected by QBP to move forward, retailer fills out full application
- Funds are distributed to grant recipients, who then have one year to use funds
Initiatives We Support
- Increasing ridership among diverse and/or underserved populations
- Youth ridership
- Educational programs
- Skills-Development infrastructure
Applicants may collaborate with non-profit entities who are in support of their proposal. We are seeking grassroots initiatives that are relatively new (2 years or less) or are in the process of being developed. See Application Details section for a more detailed list of initiatives this grant supports.
"Community Grant projects help start and foster bike ridership in youth and underserved populations." — Gary Sjoquist, QBP Community Grant Director
- Applications open: January 22 2020
- Application due: March 3 2020
- Notification of initial proposal results: April 2020
- Grants awarded: May 2020
- Must be a retailer with a QBP account
- Must be in good standing with QBP
- Must be currently enrolled in Dealer’s Choice
What kinds of projects will be funded?
The QBP Community Grant will consider, but is not limited to, applications for project proposals such as:
- Diversity in ridership:
- Get more youth riding bikes or learning how bikes work
- Get more women, people of color, Native Americans, LGBTQ+, persons with disabilities, and others with diverse backgrounds riding bikes
- Bike initiatives that support low income ridership
- Earn-a-bike programs
- Equitable access to bikes and bike accessories
- Educational Programs:
- Projects and initiatives that get youth interested in bikes
- Clinics on bike skills, mechanics, safety
- Educational avenues to eliminate ridership barriers
- Cycling as a means for physical and mental wellness
- Skills-Development Infrastructure
- Bike parks
- Pump tracks
- Bike playgrounds
What will not be funded?
This grant does not cover general operating costs, promotional materials, staff salaries, athlete sponsorships, planning and retreats, races or race courses, parking lots for motorized vehicles, travel, policy documents, litigation, master plans, feasibility studies, benches, information kiosks, and restroom facilities.
What’s the application process like?
The QBP Community Grant application begins with retailers who are enrolled in Dealer’s Choice and who submit an online application:
What’s the evaluation criteria?
The Grant Review Committee will evaluate proposals based on the following criteria:
- Project Alignment with Grant Initiatives
- Increasing and/or fostering ridership among diverse and/or underserved populations
- Increasing and/or fostering youth ridership
- Educational programs
- Infrastructure that teaches and encourages riding skills
- Commitment – retailers who are committed to make their project a reality, possess the follow-through and drive to make it happen
What are the reporting requirements for grant recipients?
Each recipient will be asked to provide quarterly communication summarizing the following:
- Photos and/or articles detailing project progress and any media coverage
- A status update on your project
- An overview of upcoming project deliverables/deadlines/components
- List of partners or supporters participating in your project
Upon completion of your project* a final report (no longer than three pages) will need to be submitted including the following information:
- Outcome: what did your project build, improve, develop, or accomplish
- Who participated: identify volunteers, supporters, businesses, other groups who helped make your project a reality
- Impact on ridership
- Benefits to the community
- Project income and expense report reflecting all funding sources for the whole project
- Summary of media coverage and photos
- 2 or more photos of your project
*All projects must be completed within a year of funding being granted.
Grant recipients who change the scope of their project or partnerships must notify QBP and receive approval prior to making any changes.