Bell Built Grants
Please read all details below.
Applications must be submitted to IMBA by February 8, 2013.
Download the application (PDF format).
Applications can be submitted by:
Bell Built Trail Building Grant
207 Canyon Blvd. Suite 301
Boulder, CO 80302
Email: info [at] imba [dot] com
Include subject line: Bell Built
Bell Helmets is offering up to $100,000 in technical assistance grants to fund three (3) new mountain bike projects built by IMBA Trail Solutions in the United States in 2013-14.
Projects will be planned, designed and built by IMBA's Trail Solutions team of professional trail builders, with involvement and assistance from local volunteers.
Funding is available for one of each of the following trail projects:
- Pump Track/Bike Park: A feature-laden area, either in an urban area, at a ski resort or adjacent to a larger singletrack trail system that includes pump track/s, dirt jumps, slope-style lines, skills areas and/or wooden features.
- Flow Trail: A diversity of challenging singletrack trails with various features including relatively high berms, rollers, jumps and wooden features, with alternate lines to encourage progression. More challenging than cross country singletrack, includes grade changes and technical sections of rocks, drops and root systems but not as challenging or steep as a gravity or downhill trail
- DH/Gravity Trail: Effectively a downhill trail with a constant stream of larger-than-average features such as jumps, rollers and berms. One-hundred-percent optimized for mountain bikes. Features expert lines that also have high-intermediate level alternate lines to encourage rider progression.
How the winners are chosen: Twelve (12) finalists will be selected and promoted to mountain bikers around the United States. Voters will help determine which of the 12 projects receive the Bell Built Grants, which will ultimately be decided by IMBA and Bell Helmets based on votes for and viability of each project. IMBA and Bell Helmets will work with the 12 finalists and the three winning applicants on a marketing campaign showcasing the projects before, during and after construction.
Applicants are encouraged to submit video content, photographs and other media with their application. Projects that are "shovel ready" will receive the strongest consideration.
Projects will be selected based on the following criteria:
- Viability and accessibility of the project. All applicants’ trails must be on publicly accessible land.
- Cost feasibility: can the proposed trail/facility be constructed with the available funds.
- Marketing punch, including accessibility to a large number of people.
- Quality of riding. The goal is to maximize the "fun factor" for the local community and provide exposure — the build must be impressive.
- Land manager and community support for facility. This is critical. No permission, no project.
- The land manager must be willing to allow the facility to be filmed/photographed during construction and once the facility is open. Many federal, state and local land agencies require written permission and waivers for these activities.
- Strong recognition for IMBA and Bell Helmets in signage and promotion efforts.
- Potential to secure additional funding for project from the land manager and local community.
- A plan for ongoing management and maintenance to ensure long-term success.
Key Dates in 2013:
- Jan 2: Application submission opens here
- Feb 8: Submission deadline for applications
- Feb 13: Bell Helmets and IMBA select 12 finalists, contact candidates
- Week of Feb 18: Bell Helmets and IMBA announce 12 finalists
- March 5: Voting process begins across mountain bike media
- April 12: Voting process ends and 3 winning entries are selected by Bell Helmets and IMBA
- April 19: Winners are announced at the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, CA, and across mountain bike media
- May 2013: IMBA Trail Solutions begins design and construction of the 3 winning projects
Online resources to assist grant applicants are available here.
When it’s time to vote on March 5, make sure yours counts by liking the Bell Bike Helmets Facebook page today.
IMBA's Regional Directors can also be contacted to answer questions about specific issues in your area.
- Adam Coppola, Northeast Regional Director, adam [dot] coppola [at] imba [dot] com
- Andy Williamson, Great Lakes Regional Director, andy [dot] williamson [at] imba [dot] com
- Anna Laxague, Pacific Northwest Regional Director, anna [dot] laxague [at] imba [dot] com
- Frank Maguire, Mid-Atlantic Regional Director, frank [dot] maguire [at] imba [dot] com
- Hansi Johnson, Midwest Regional Director, hansi [dot] johnson [at] imba [dot] com
- Patrick Kell, Southwest Regional Director, patrick [dot] kell [at] imba [dot] com
- Tom Sauret, Southeast/SORBA Regional Director, tom [dot] sauret [at] imba [dot] com
- Rocky Mountain Region is temporarily unstaffed. Please contact info [at] imba [dot] com
- Other areas of the U.S., email info [at] imba [dot] com
- Questions? Call IMBA at 888.442.4622.