$25,000 Share the Road Challenge Grant
Bike Florida is challenging local governments, school districts and non-profit bicycle advocacy groups and other non-profit community organizations to come forward with innovative proposals to improve cycling in their communities. To help stimulate creative thinking about how to better facilitate bicycling at the local level, Bike Florida is offering its inaugural $25,000 Share The Road Challenge Grant, to be awarded in 2016. This is a 100 percent matching grant proposal. Applicants must match at least 75 percent of the grant in cash. Up to 25 percent of the match may be in the form of in-kind services and supplies.
The purpose of the Share The Road Challenge Grant is to fund a local level demonstration project designed to facilitate cycling as a safe and convenient form of transportation that will produce measurable impacts and that can be duplicated in other communities. Projects may encompass education, infrastructure, public awareness, design or other innovative approaches.
Grant Applicant Workshop
Bike Florida will hold a workshop for grant applicants on Nov. 13, 2013, in the City of Clermont at 5 p.m. The workshop will be the final event of Bike Florida’s Share The Road Celebration of Cycling Forums, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Clermont City Center, 620 West Montrose St. Program. Register for Celebration of Cycling.
Application Process Timeline
- RFP release date: Nov. 2, 2015
- Application workshop: Nov. 13, 2015
- Applicant questions submission deadline: Nov. 16, 2015
- Questions and answers published on Bike Florida’s Share The Road website: Nov. 23, 2015
- Proposal due date: Jan. 21, 2016, by 5 pm
- Grant award announcement: Feb. 26, 2016
- Project activities to begin by July 1, 2016
Grant funds will be disbursed in quarterly equal payments over the duration of the project period.
Contact Ron Cunningham, Bike Florida Executive Director, for more information and inquiries at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 352-262-5798.
Past Mini-Grant Recipients
Sanibel Bicycle Club
Matching grant for the production of a safe cycling video for visitors to Sanibel Island. Partners include, Chamber of Commerce, Lee County tourist Development Council, City of Sanibel and Billy’s Bikes.
City of Coral Gables
Matching grant to purchase bicycles and education materials for the City of Coral Gables Parks and Recreation Department’s Adult Education Program
Downtown South of Orlando
Matching grant to co-fund Pedalpalooza at bicycle safety and education fair which included Cycling Savvy Instructor lead rides.
North Florida Bicycle Club
Matching grant for the Cyclist Safety Campaign, a collaboration between Flagler College and the North Florida Bicycle Club in which billboards and radio public service announcements were used to education motorist and cyclist. CSX was a co-sponsor of the grant
East Central Florida Regional Planning Council
Matching Grant for East Central Florida Regional Planning Council in partnership with Safe Routes to School and FDOT in the development of a short video tutorial on the use of their regional bike safety education and planning website.
Hernando County School Board
Matching grant to provide stipends so Hernando County Teachers can attend Florida Traffic and Bicycle Safety Education Training.
Lee County Schools
Matching grants for Florida Traffic and Bicycle Safety Education, teacher training and the maintenance of program bikes.
Capital City Cyclists, Tallahassee FL
Matching grant to teach the Florida Traffic and Bicycle Safety Education Program in the Leon County Schools, funds were used for equipment and stipends for FTBESP Certified Florida State University interns.
Sanibel Bicycle Club, Sanibel Island FL
Matching grant for construction of the Cycling and Pedestrian Welcome Center on Sanibel Island.
Gulf Coast Academy of Science and Technology, Spring Hill FL
Matching grant to purchase bicycles for implementation of a Bike Safety Program for Middle School Students.
Gainesville Community Bicycle Project a.k.a. Kickstand
Used to purchase audio visual equipment for public presentations of bicycle and pedestrian safety information.
Community Safety Coalition, Inc. Marianna, FL
For support of the Safe Routes to School initiative for comprehensive bicycle education in the elementary school system as well as bicycle repairs and upgrades.
Gainesville Cycling Club, Gainesville FL
Matching grant to the Gainesville Cycling Club for use with Gainesville Police Department to repair children’s bicycles to be given as Christmas gifts to underprivileged children.
Past Mini Grant recipients include:
Orlando Road Club Inc.
Pasco County Sheriff’s Office
Leon County School
City of Delray Beach
City of Hallandale Beach Police Department
City of Gulfport Police Department
City of Clearwater
Polk County Sports Marketing, Bartow, FL
Crest School, Lecanto, FL
Seminole County Sheriff’s Department, Sanford, FL
Healthy Communities, Daytona, Beach, FL
Leesburg Police Department, Leesburg, FL
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