At the end of each year, through grants from the Cycle Oregon Fund, Cycle Oregon awards much-needed financial support to organizations and programs doing work to support Oregon’s special people and places. These groups make a huge difference throughout Oregon and we are honored to be able to support them in some way. Thanks to everyone who dedicates themselves to serving others. In 2022 we were able to award 14 grants totaling nearly $128,000. Here are our 2022 grant recipients!
Arts Council of Pendleton | $5,000
The project serves to preserve and protect the facility, a historic 1916 Carnegie Library building. The prep and painting of exterior wood window frames, doors, the concrete foundation, and retaining walls will restore areas of the exterior that are deteriorating and will maintain the integrity of the building for years to come.
City of Halsey | $4,950
The project aims to revitalize the town’s public outdoor and recreational assets to encourage more residents to walk and bike to public spaces. Key project components include: Connecting the north and south ends of Halsey’s main street with bike and pedestrian amenities such as drinking fountains, bike racks, public bike pumps, and an information board for residents and visitors to use. Amenities will be placed in the city park and community center.
City of Independence – Bike Indy Oregon | $15,000
The project includes installing welcome and information kiosks across Polk County for visiting and local cyclists. The Independence portion of the project will include bike racks and will be expandable for offering bike valet services during large events at Riverview Park.
City of Toledo | $6,225
The City of Toledo will be installing the first bike racks in the downtown district of Toledo. The city of Toledo is constantly striving towards becoming a city that supports environmentally friendly forms of transportation to their downtown. The addition of bike racks would allow the city to become more inclusive.
Creswell Heritage Foundation | $5,000
The Creswell Heritage Foundation was founded in 2017 with its first goal to restore Creswell’s old schoolhouse to use as a community meeting place and venue. Grant funds will help complete the restoration of the interior features and build a ramp and landing deck for ADA access. Their mission is “to collaborate within our community to enrich the lives of current and future generations by protecting and preserving Creswell’s physical and cultural heritage.”
Forest Grove/Cornelius Chamber of Commerce | $7,500
This project will launch the installation of five bike lockers in the downtown Forest Grove area and is aimed at providing safe bike storage for cyclists visiting the area before or after taking advantage of the many cycling routes and trails surrounding the city.
Greater Prairie City Community Association | $3,601
This project will install kitchen cupboards and counters along the west wall of the main level of their community center with a sink, stove, refrigerator, and counters so that they will be able to rent the space
to entities who would like to have food at their events as well as the community association can plan events with food availability. The Greater Prairie City Community Association have donated historic display case counters given to them by a community member and the Greater Prairie City Community Association will strive to make the kitchen space fit in with the historic aesthetic of their Community Center.
Growing Community Roots | $8,000
Growing Community Roots is a summer farm program for challenged youth in the Grande Ronde Valley. These youth either have a mental health diagnosis or are on an IEP/504 plan at school. The program provides a unique and innovative means to give challenged youth an opportunity to build their awareness and experience in the human-mediated natural environment of our valley. They spend one full day a week for 8 weeks at a local farm interacting with the farmers and their daily activities, as well as participating in science and mental wellness projects.
Oregon Adaptive Sports | $4,300
OAS offers community cycling programs and support for cycling events for a wide range of people with disabilities throughout Oregon. Their staff and volunteers are trained to work with specialized cycling equipment and can support rides with varying degrees of duration or challenge. OAS also has trained tandem captains for riders with visual impairments. Funding will support covering program expenses to enable low to no-fee enrollment for athletes.
SAFE of Columbia County | $8,500
SAFE of Columbia County operates a 20-bed safe house for women and their children escaping domestic and sexual violence. The SAFE House is a trauma-informed space offering activities, advocacy, support groups, and educational classes for program participants. This grant will support constructing a safe, quality, outdoor play space for moms and their children of various ages, promoting physical activity and time outdoors for families in crisis.
Salmonberry Trail Foundation | $15,000
This grant will act as a lead grant in order to raise $100,000 to support the development of Catalyst Trail segments in Tillamook and Washington Counties.
Shift Community Cycles | $16,632
Shift Community Cycles will partner with the Eugene-Springfield NAACP to educate teenage youth and create a mentorship program for their local BIPOC communities. R.A.C.E. (Real Action Concerning Equitable) Cycling Outreach, or R.A.C.E. Cycling for short, is a new program.
Spray General Store | $18,000
This project will develop a community outdoor gathering space for events, locals and visitors. Their goal is to bring many diverse lifestyles together, bridging the urban and rural gap and exposing diverse cultures to each other through art, music, food and markets. In addition, the local community’s international students can use the area for celebrations and performances. When events are not taking place, they plan to open it to cyclists as a rest stop and overnight camping spot.
Upper McKenzie Community Center | $10,000
The local community is looking to remodel its 60-year-old community center building so that they have four ADA-accessible bathrooms in addition to its kitchen and entryways. The primary goal of the project is to expand the use of the historic UMCC building as an emergency shelter, staging area, and communications hub for the McKenzie Valley and make it ADA-accessible.