USA Cycling/IMBA Trail Tune-Up Grant applications due August 15

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Colorado Springs, Colo. (April 22, 2010) — Applications for the 2010 USA Cycling/IMBA trail tune-up grant are due August 15.

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In 2010, one $2,000 grant will be awarded to a mountain bike group seeking to jump-start trail improvement projects. Revamping the grant into one, larger lump sum allows the winning group to make a bigger impact with its project.

In addition to the $2,000, the winning group will also receive hands-on technical assistance with its trail project from IMBA’s Trail Care Crew.

Projects that create or improve trails used for mountain bike racing will receive the highest consideration, but funding can also be used to improve trails for race training and recreational riding. Applicants must be current members of IMBA, as well as USA Cycling member clubs/race promoters.

Trail Tune-Up Grants are completely funded by USA Cycling members through an optional land access checkbox on USA Cycling license applications and renewal forms. The program is administered through a partnership between USA Cycling and IMBA.

The application deadline is August 15, 2010. Grant winners will be announced in September at the Interbike trade show and notified by IMBA and USA Cycling.
Grant applications MUST Include:

o A one-page, typed description of the proposed project that demonstrate how funds will be productively used to preserve and enhance trail access, promote environmental education and inspire conservation in your community.
o A budget outline to show how all funding will be used.
o Club Name (Clubs applying for grants must be current members of IMBA and USA Cycling; applicants must include membership numbers)
o Digital copy of a completed W-9 tax form (links to http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw9.pdf) (grant winners will be required to submit a completed W-9 tax form)
o Contact Name
o Contact Address
o Contact Phone
o Contact Email and Club Website,
o If your organization is a Not For Profit (NFP), please include your organizations’ NFP code.
o Please submit applications via email to ryan@imba.com. Include the following in the subject of your email submission: Trail Tune-Up Grants (Your Club Name or Acronym.)

About IMBA
The International Mountain Bicycling Association is a non-profit educational association whose mission is to create, enhance and preserve great trail experiences for mountain bikers worldwide. Since 1988, IMBA has been bringing out the best in mountain biking by encouraging low-impact riding, volunteer trail work participation, cooperation among different trail user groups, grassroots advocacy and innovative trail management solutions.

About USA Cycling
Recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the Union Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling is the official governing body for all disciplines of competitive cycling in the United States, including road, track, mountain bike, BMX and cyclo-cross. As a membership-based organization, USA Cycling comprises 66,500+ licensees; 2,200 clubs and teams; and 34 local associations. The national governing body sanctions 2,650 competitive and non-competitive events throughout the U.S. each year and is responsible for the identification, development, and support of American cyclists. To learn more about USA Cycling, visit www.usacycling.org.

source: Keri S. Kahn
USA Cycling, Inc.
Communication Manager

About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato has been the Site Manager of Mtbr.com for over 12 years and enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.


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