The Richmond Area Bicycling Association (RABA) has launched a grants program designed to award grants of up to $1000 in support of bicycle related programs, events, and projects sponsored or offered by governments, organizations, or individuals. At the same time, the Board allocated $5000 to the grants program for 2013. Each February, the Board will allocate a portion of the club’s funds to be awarded to projects and programs that promote bicycling in the Greater Richmond Area. A Grants Committee will solicit and vet bicycle related projects and make recommendations to the Board, which will have the final approval. Applications will be accepted and grants approved until the allocated funds have been exhausted.
In assessing grant applications, consideration will be given to a variety of factors, including the potential impact of the program, project, or event and the number of people who will benefit; local volunteer and support for the project; the degree to which the request works with or complements other community organizations; the possibility of using the grant as seed money for matching funds from other sources. Members are encouraged to get the word out that there is grant money available for bicycle-related projects and be on the lookout for potential applicants. Interested parties should visit the RABA website for more details and contact information.
The Richmond Area Bicycling Association (RABA) offers cyclists of all levels and abilities many ways to enjoy their favorite pastime since 1967. Club membership is currently over 1000 members who participate in regularly scheduled on and off-road rides held on weekdays and weekends. Meetings are monthly and feature speakers on topics of interest to the club, as well as opportunities to socialize and become more involved in cycling in the area. Family Membership is only $25 a year and offers many benefits including discounts, insurance, and custom cycling wear. New members of all experience levels are welcome. For more information, visit www.raba.org