Cycle Oregon doesn’t just expose riders to richly diverse Oregon communities. It also provides much-needed financial support to those communities. Proceeds from the rides have been placed in the Cycle Oregon Fund at the Oregon Community Foundation since January 1996, when Cycle Oregon created its fund at the Oregon Community Foundation. To date, Cycle Oregon has awarded 225 grants totaling $1.8 MM through our community and signature grants.
Cycle Oregon also provides approximately $150,000 each year to community groups for the services they provide on our events. They assist greatly in planning our events and provide hundreds of volunteers whose passion and dedication make our rides a success.
Cycle Oregon’s community grants program helps provide important support for communities. Projects fit into one of three categories: Environmental Conservation and Historic Preservation, Bicycle Safety & Tourism and Community Projects.
This year’s grantees include:
- A bike repair and fabrication program in Baker City
- Construction of 2 miles of beginner single track trail in the Mt. Emily Recreation Area near La Grande
- Addition of a splash pad and updating of playground features in Joseph
- Creation of a student run print shop to foster graphic design, business and professional printing skills in Camas Valley
- Funds to convert Clackamas County police radios to communicate with HAM radio frequencies
- Youth wrestling room for junior high and high school students in Crane
- A bike repair station in Coos Bay
- Installation of three bicycle Fixit stations on the Painted Hills Scenic Bikeway
- Bike parking for 50-57 additional bikes throughout downtown Grants Pass
- Wheelchair basketball equipment for the Rogue Valley Scorpions
- Assistance in the implementation of a rail-to-trail project in Joseph
- A bicycle and pedestrian safety program to serve over 500 kids in Jefferson County
- Bicycle repair station in Monmouth
- Technical assistance with building a rail-to-trail segment from Joseph to Enterprise
- Funds to help the Pine Valley recycling operations in Halfway
- A bike repair station in John Day
- Panels for a HUB bicycle wayfinding system for the Historic Columbia River Highway in The Dalles
Cycle Oregon’s signature grants are determined by Cycle Oregon’s board of directors. Signature grants have provided important funding to catalyze or conclude important projects that have statewide impact.
In 2005 Cycle Oregon awarded a $50,000 Signature Grant to help the community of Halfway complete a long-term funding project to repurchase the land for its county fairgrounds. With Cycle Oregon providing the last boost to hit their overall fundraising goal, Halfway was able to reacquire their fairgrounds. And the concept of the Cycle Oregon Signature Grant was born.
Diamond Lake Restocking
In 2007 our Signature Grant helped restock Diamond Lake with trout. An invasive non-native fish species was ruining the lake’s ecosystem, and so the lake was intentionally poisoned to kill off the invaders. Afterward, an ambitious program set out to re-stock the renowned fishing lake with new trout, and Cycle Oregon contributed $50,000 toward the effort. Six months after stocking the lake, people were pulling trophy trout out of Diamond Lake. The restocking project successfully returned the trout population to Diamond Lake.
Wallowa Lake Moraine Preservation
In 2008, our Signature Grant was dedicated to helping protect Wallowa Lake’s glacial moraines from development pressure. These rare geological features, carved by ancient glaciers, rise above the east and west shores of pristine Wallowa Lake. They’re considered both naturally and culturally precious by Native Americans and lovers of the land. Cycle Oregon contributed $50,000 toward the ambitious effort to preserve this land from further development.
In 2009, Cycle Oregon’s Signature Grant went to Oregon’s Department of Parks and Recreation. Cycle Oregon partnered with State Parks to champion a shared vision for an official network of State Scenic Bikeways. These mapped, marketed and maintained routes will connect communities and highlight the scenery, history and culture of the state, showcasing the essence of Oregon to residents and visitors alike. The Cycle Oregon Fund contributed $50,000 to help that vision become reality.
Salmonberry Trail Project
In 2012, Cycle Oregon made a Signature Grant of $100,000 to start planning the “Salmonberry Trail,” with the Oregon Departments of Forestry and State Parks and the Port of Tillamook Bay. When a giant storm tore apart the route of the Banks to Tillamook railroad, trains could no longer operate through the rugged, roadless Salmonberry canyon. A broad coalition of supporters is now working toward what will one day become 80+ miles of cycling nirvana, a rail-with-trail that stretches from Banks to Tillamook. The Concept Plan was completed in 2014.
In 2015 and 2016, Cycle Oregon made Signature Grants, for $50,000 to demonstrate our support, commitment and excitement for the Salmonberry project. This grant will help continue the momentum into the next phase of the project, shifting from concept to reality by supporting a major capital campaign and project management.
Apply for a Community Grant
Note: The grant cycle will open in late September 2017
Cycle Oregon directs any proceeds from its events to the Cycle Oregon Fund to support projects and programs throughout Oregon in three key areas: Environmental Conservation and Historic Preservation, Bicycle Safety & Tourism and Community Projects.
- Applicants must be a government agency or have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. If you are unsure of your eligibility, just ask us. Alternatively, you may have a qualified fiscal sponsor (i.e., a sponsoring and eligible tax-exempt organization).
- Applicants must have submitted required evaluation reports for all prior grants from the Oregon Community Foundation.
- The request must be for at least $500.
- Projects must be scheduled for 2017.
2016 Grant Application and Award Timeline
- Applications accepted from September 26 to October 31 (at 5:00pm).
- Notification of awards will occur in December 2016.
- All approved grants will be required to submit a report detailing the project results by December 2017.
Typically Not Eligible for Funding
- Annual fund appeals and contributions to endowments
- Grants to fund scholarship or re-granting programs
- Purchases or activities that occur prior to grant decisions
- Deficit funding
- Replacement of government funding
- Lobbying to influence legislation
- Scientific research
- Religious activities
Apply for a Grant
Submit grant request and attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no need to mail a physical copy of the application.
- Click the link to download the Cycle Oregon Grant Application and save as a Microsoft Word document (use the name of your organization or community in the file name).
- Attach IRS letter verifying 501(c)3 nonprofit status if not a governmental organization.
- Attach (in MS Word) project description and application including:
- Project/Program Goals
- Budget: include matching funds, if applicable
Questions? Email grants@cycleoregon for help.