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Grants Doing Good

The Cycle Oregon Fund was able to award 14 grants equaling almost $95,000 this year. These grants will benefit projects like creating a technology-enabled classroom in Chiloquin, building a “cycling oasis” on a remote section of the Old West Scenic Bikeway, and remodeling and updating the community center in Port Orford. Thanks to voluntary donations from riders and supporters, the fund also awarded an additional $137,000 in community grants to the 2017 Classic host communities impacted by last summer’s forest fires.

In addition to these community grants, Cycle Oregon continues to contribute to our most ambitious project to date – the Salmonberry Trail. In the last four years we have donated $225,000 and have pledged to raise $1,000,000 in total for the Salmonberry Trail Project in an ongoing effort to restore this Portland-to-coast adventure trail.

Here’s the full list of 2017 grants awarded.

2017 Grant awards:

  • A canopy to cover the stage during Cottage Grove’s Bohemia Mining Days
  • Convert a community center room into a multipurpose technology-enabled classroom in Chiloquin, Oregon
  • Purchase and placement of three bicycle repair stations throughout the town of Forest Grove, Oregon
  • Purchase and installation of a bike Fix-it-station in downtown Redmond, Oregon
  • Support for STEM Education Bike Mechanics program at two Portland High Schools
  • Fix-it-stations at three locations in Cottage Grove, Oregon
  • Creation of a “Cyclist’s Oasis” along a remote segment of the Old West Scenic Bikeway in Eastern Oregon
  • A public art project at Portland State University that celebrates the 50th anniversary of Oregon’s Bike Bill
  • Remodeling and updating of the Community Center in Port Orford, Oregon
  • Safety equipment to be given away by Safe Kids West Oregon
  • Rebuilding and upgrade the 90-year old exhibit hall at the Halfway Fairgrounds that was destroyed by the winter of 2017
  • Continued support to help make the Salmonberry Trail from Portland to the coast a reality
  • Continued support of The Street Trust, a bicycle advocacy group out of Portland, Oregon

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  1. Kelly McLaughlin says:

    I am the elementary school PE teacher in Elgin, Oregon. It was a wonderful experience for both our community and students to see people enjoying fitness as thousands of people cycled through our little town. Your presence here, altered our community in such a great way. The town bustled with excitement and pride for weeks in anticipation and planning for this one day event. Thank you for choosing to ride through Elgin.

    I was talking with a fellow educator from Klamath Falls, and she told me she received a fleet of bikes and a trailer to haul them in through your grant program many years ago. I was wondering how I could get information to apply for such funding for my Physical Education program. With our wonderful outdoors here in Eastern Oregon there are amazing opportunities to get outside and be fit, but the funding for equipment is not here. Please send me information on what is available for a small, rural school. Thank you for all you do for the the communities of Oregon.

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