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Bell Built Grants

Bell Helmets is offering up to $100,000 in technical assistance grants to fund three (3) mountain bike facilities built by IMBA Trail Solutions.


Voting is live! Vote for your favorite project on Bell Helmets' website.


Please carefully read all details below before submitting your application.

* Projects from all applicants located in IMBA Regions in the United States are eligible. If your group is outside of an IMBA region, you may only apply if your group is an IMBA chapter; view map for details.

* Applications accepted starting January 13, 2014, and must be received at IMBA by midnight (MST) February 28, 2014.

Projects will be planned, designed and built by IMBA's Trail Solutions team of professional trail builders, potentially with assistance from local volunteers as required by Trail Solutions.

* Applications must be titled "Bell Built" and submitted ONLY to the IMBA office:

Bell Built Trail Building Grant
4888 Pearl East Circle, Suite 200E
Boulder CO, 80301

Or Email to: info [at] imba [dot] com. Include in subject line: "Bell Built Application"
Or Fax to:

Download the application (PDF format).

Download the application (Word format).


Funding is available for the following types of 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

Applications will be accepted from January 13, 2014 and must be received at IMBA headquarters by midnight (MST), February 28, 2014.

1. Regional finalists are selected on March 5, 2014. Regional finalists will be announced and contacted on or before March 7, 2014:

The director of IMBA Trail Solutions and Bell Helmets will select a maximum of twelve (12) regional finalists. Four (4) regional finalists will be chosen from each of the following grouped IMBA Regions*

  • West Coast: Southwest, Northern California and Pacific Northwest Regions
  • Central: Colorado/Wyoming, South Central, Upper Midwest, Great Lakes Regions
  • East Coast: SORBA/Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Regions

*Applications from IMBA chapters outside of IMBA Regions will be considered by IMBA Trail Solutions and Bell Helmets and grouped with the closest geographic IMBA Region.

IMBA Trail Solutions and Bell Helmets have full discretion in the selection of regional finalists and reserve the right to judge applications according to grant requirements, input from IMBA Region Directors, and application criteria only.

To ensure transparency when selecting Regional Finalists, entries will be judged solely based on the following criteria:

  • Accessibility of the project to a large population center/s, AND an IMBA chapter/s or a well-organized club/community of mountain bikers that will provide ongoing support and maintenance for the project.
  • Land manager and community support for facility and the building process. Projects that are "shovel ready" will receive strong consideration. This is critical. No permission, no project.
  • Applicants’ projects must be on publicly accessible land to be considered—land managers/project applicants cannot charge a fee to ride the finished project. Applications from organizations that charge to access the land around a project may be eligible, as long as access to the actual project is free. For example, an application from a state or national park that charges an entry or parking fee would be eligible, as long as the park does not charge to ride the trails funded by the Bell Built grant.
  • Viability and cost feasibility; can the proposed facility be built with the available funds?
  • Potential to secure additional funding for project (from land manager, local community).
  • Quality of ride: Goal is to maximize the "fun factor" for the local community and provide exposure—the project must be impressive.
  • Is the land manager willing to allow media to be filmed/photographed at the facility and is there approval for the location’s general promotion? The land manager must be willing to allow the facility to be filmed/photographed during construction and once the facility is open.
  • Is there a plan in place for applicant's volunteers to assist IMBA Trail Solutions with construction if needed, and will volunteers/the applicant's organization participate in the facility's ongoing success?
  • Is the applicant willing to provide basic video content and photographs (note: professional-grade video production or photography is not required) if chosen as a Region Finalist in order to promote the project to voters on the Bell Built web site and in the media?
  • Grant Applicants from the 2013 Bell Built program are encouraged to apply. The three winners of the 2013 grants and projects on private land are not eligible in 2014.
  • The Bell Built Grant program is a competitive grant. Failure to win the grant does not detract from your project's eligibilty to receive other grants available through IMBA or Bell Helmets, and does not demerit your project or proposal in any way.

IMBA Region Directors may be consulted by the Director of IMBA Trail Solutions and Bell Helmets to provide local knowledge about applications, but Region Directors will not determine the regional finalists. Click here for information about IMBA Regions and Region Director contact details.

2. Voters determine the final three (3) winners:

On or before March 7, the 12 regional finalists will be contacted and asked to submit video content, graphics and photographs to help promote each project to voters. Content must be received by Bell Helmets on or before midnight (PST) March 20, 2014. Content will be adapted into a web site voting tool hosted by Bell Helmets.

A voting opportunity will be published and promoted to the general public by Bell Helmets, IMBA and other media. Voting occurs in three phases:

  • April 7 through April 20, 2014: West Coast Regional Finalists
  • April 21 through May 4, 2014: Central Regional Finalists
  • May 5 through May 18, 2014: East Coast Regional Finalists
* The project that receives the most votes from each of the three (3) areas above will win one of the three (3) Bell Built grants. The winner from each area will be announced and IMBA Trail Solutions will contact each winner on the day immediately following the end of each voting phase.
* Any combination of trail types (Pump Track/Bike Park, Flow Trail, DH/Gravity Trail) may receive the three (3) grants. Each of the winners will be solely determined by the number of votes collected during each voting phase.

Key Dates:

  • Jan 13: Application submission opens
  • Feb 28: Submission deadline for applications
  • March 5: Bell Helmets and IMBA select 12 Regional Finalists
  • March 7: Regional Finalists contacted and announced in media
  • April 7-April 20: Voting West Coast Regional Finalists
  • April 21-May 4: Voting Central Regional Finalists
  • May 5-May 18: Voting East Coast Regional Finalists
  • May 19: Bell Built Grant Media Announcement
  • June-September: IMBA Trail Solutions begins design and construction of the 3 winning projects

Online resources to assist grant applicants are available here. While voters will determine the grant winners, grant allocation is contingent on adherence to requirements and advertised criteria as determined by IMBA Trail Solutions and Bell Helmets.

Any misrepresentation of eligibility or project status, failure to cooperate with IMBA Trail Solutions/Bell Helmets requests necessary to administer the grant or build the project, or failure to meet deadlines may result in ineligibilty or reallocation of the grant.

IMBA's Region Directors can provide assistance in your area. Region Directors do not determine regional finalists for the grant or winners. Questions from IMBA chapters outside of IMBA Regions should be sent to info [at] imba [dot] com.

Questions? Email info [at] imba [dot] com