PRESS RELEASE: Outride
Now more than ever, people are returning to bikes. COVID-19 has seen a resurgence of youth biking, and at Outride we are committed to giving kids the tools, knowledge, and resources necessary to get them cycling in a safe and healthy manner.
Outride wants to help you build the next generation of trails and riders. Do you have kids in your community who could benefit from riding or developing their riding skills? Would you like to see a community pump track, new trails, or a bike league in your town? We share your vision, and we have two grants to help you make this cycling future a reality.
Over the past 5 years, Outride has provided bikes, helmets, PE curriculum, and teacher training to over 140 middle schools in the US and Canada through our Riding for Focus grant program. In 2020, we expect to add 40 new schools! In 2019, we also launched the Outride Fund - our newest grant initiative. Through dollar for dollar matching grants, the Outride Fund seeks to make fundraising easier and works to accelerate the rate at which communities can launch youth cycling programs.
The Outride Fund has three areas of focus:
- Youth cycling education
- Youth rider development
- Trails and pump track projects
In the first 6 months, the Outride Fund has awarded $250,000 in matching grants to organizations in 22 states. Together, these Outride-funded initiatives will contribute more than $1.4 million towards improving access to youth cycling in 2020.
This past Fall (2019), The Outride Fund issued 19 grants to organizations in 13 states, committing $111,000 in matching funds if funding goals are met. This Spring (2020), an additional 24 matching grants were awarded, committing over $149,000 to community partners in 14 states.
To get involved, Outride encourages anyone to set up a local fundraising campaign using the Outride Fund fundraising platform. Within this platform, you are able to launch your campaign and safely and securely accept public donations towards your project.
Once a campaign is established, the organizer should apply for an Outride Fund matching grant. This is a dollar for dollar matching program that Outride awards to the most deserving campaigns. If awarded a grant, once fundraising goals are met, The Outride Fund will provide a matching grant in full to help fund the cycling project.
Want to get involved? We encourage you to take the next step and consider starting your own youth cycling community fundraiser.https://outridebike.org/how-to-apply
The kids are our future, and the future is brightest on two-wheels.
Congratulations to all Outride Fund recipients! We are excited to support your projects!
Spring 2020 Outride Fund Matching Grants2020 Youth Cycling Education Programs
Cycling California: Exploring our Limits! California Field School, Oakland, California, $15,000
Cheshire Youth Bike Safety Initiative, Community YMCA, Cheshire, Connecticut, $10,000
R4F Bike Program Southwest Utah Dep. of Public Health, Santa Clara, Utah, $12,000
Team Yarmouth, Project Bike Tech, Yarmouth, Maine, $8,0002020 Trail Projects
Ashland Bike Project, Ashland, Ohio, $15,000
Ashland Oregon Pump Track Phase 1, Rogue Valley Mountain Biking Association, Ashland, Oregon, $2,500
Blakeley Bike Trail Initiative, Eastern Shore Cycles, Daphne, Alabama, $3,000
Durango Trails 2000 Trailwork, Durango, Colorado, $3,750
Mt. Apatite Signature Trail—Phase 2, New England Mountain Bike Association - Central Maine Chapter, Fayette, Maine, $2,925
Mt. Spokane Upper 290, Evergreen East, Spokane Valley, Washington, $15,000
Mount Airy Skills Park, IMBA & Cincinnati Off-Road Alliance, Cincinnati, Ohio, $10,000
North Iowa Human Powered Trails, Mason City, Iowa, $7,500
Pump Track and Skills Park at Spooner Lake Middle School, Spooner Area School District, Spooner, Wisconsin, $4,500
Plumas Bike Park, Quincy, California, $7,5002020 Youth Rider Development and National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA)
Brevard Cycling Association, Brevard, North Carolina, $1,500
DUST2 2020 Team Growth—More Kids on Bikes, DUST2, Pagosa Springs, Colorado, $1,500
Elkhorn Composite MTB Team, Omaha, Nebraska, $1,500
Lost Sierra Composite, Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship, Quincy, California, $1,500
MADCO Madison County Cyclists (Composite), Ozark Off-Road Cyclists, Huntsville, Arkansas, $3,000
More East Bay Girls on Bikes (Oakland Composite), Bicycle Trail Council of the East Bay Oakland, California, $5,500
Patterson High School MTB Race Team, Patterson High School, Patterson, California, $2,500
Salinas High Mountain Bike Team (Cowboy Racing), Salinas Athletic Boosters Club, Salinas, California, $4,356
Team Thunderbirds (St. Helena Thunderbirds), Napa Bike Coalition, Angwin, California, $10,000
Wilkes County Wilco Wolves Composite Cycling Team, North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, $1,500
Fall 2019 Outride Fund Matching Grants2019 Youth Cycling Education Programs
Bike Club OKC, Cycles for Life, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, $5,000
Kewaskum Middle School Outride Campaign, Kewaskum, Wisconsin, $4,700
Lookout Valley Middle High Bicycling Program, Chattanooga, Tennessee, $1,288
Mountain Academy (East Idaho YC Outreach & Ed), Mountain Academy, Rigby, Idaho, $15,0002019 Trail Projects
Clearview Trail, Regional HS District / Action Wheels, Wenonah, New Jersey, $10,000
Dedham School students OUTRIDE, Dedham School, Holden, Maine, $4,000
Marshfield School Forest Park Trail Development, MASTF, Marshfield, Wisconsin, $9,000
Profile School: Safe Route to School, Profile School, Bethlehem, New Hampshire, $15,000
SORBA High Hill Creek Park, SORBA Midlands, Florence, South Carolina, $12,0002019 Youth Rider Development and National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA)
Centennial Mountain Bike Team, Boise, Idaho, $4,000
Durham Youth Mountain Biking Teams, Triangle Bikeworks, Durham, North Carolina, $1,000
Culbreth Cougars MTB, Culbreth Cougars MTB, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, $750
Durango Devo, Inc., Durango Devo, Inc., Durango, Colorado, $2,315
Diné Navajo Composite NICA Team, Gallup, New Mexico, $11,500
NW Trailhawk Trailer Fund, North Wake County Composite, Raleigh, North Carolina, $3,000
South County Composite, DBA Bike Therapy, Morgan Hill, California, $2,500
Southern Wake Trail Hawks NICA, Holly Springs, North Carolina, $1,250
Rigby High School NICA Team, Rigby High School, Rigby, Idaho, $4,000
Outride is a public nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of youth through cycling. Through our Primary Research, Riding for Focus cycling program, and Outride Fund grant-giving activities, we provide evidence-based cycling interventions to improve social, emotional, and cognitive health.