Challenge Grant

$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.

Application

Bike Florida Challenge Grant Application

Bike Florida Challenge Grant Budget Form

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 ron@bikeflorida.org or at 352-262-5798.

Past Mini-Grant Recipients

  • 2015

    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. 

    2014

    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

    2013

    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.

    2012

    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.

    2010

    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.

    2009

    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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