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Bell Helmets and IMBA Announce Third Annual Bell Built Grant Program

Bell Helmets and IMBA Announce Third Annual Bell Built Grant Program

For Immediate Release 01/14/2015
Contact Mark Eller

IMBA Communications Director

303-545-9011 ext. 115


Bell Helmets and the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) are pleased to announce the continuation of the Bell Built grant program, which has so far provided $200,000 to seven mountain bike-specific trail projects in the U.S. In 2015, Bell will provide $100,000 in technical assistance for a single mountain bike project in the U.S. One winner will be awarded the full grant amount to have an advanced and aggressive, technical “dream trail” built by IMBA Trail Solutions. 

Bell Helmets and IMBA are accepting 2015 proposals now through March 6. Bell and IMBA will choose three projects from each region (East, West and Central) for a total of nine finalists to be announced the week of March 16. The winner will be determined based on three sequential voting periods before reaching the “finals,” where the top projects from each region will go up against each other in a final, public voting period. 

The Bell Built grant program strives to identify, fund, and ultimately create new, accessible trails within bike communities. The program seeks to inspire new and existing riders to come together for their community, learn what it takes to fund and build a legal riding destination, and ultimately build a trail never ridden before. 

The list of 2014 winners include:

  • West Winner – Flagstaff Biking Organization, Ft. Tuthill Bike Park (Flagstaff, Arizona)

  • Central Winner – Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists (MORC), Cottage Grove Bike Park (Cottage Grove, Minnesota)

  • East Winner – RVA More, Richmond Regional Ride Center Flow Trail (Richmond, Virginia)

“To have the opportunity to build a trail for our local community has been surreal,” said Anthony Quintile of Flagstaff Biking Organization. “Together, Bell Helmets and IMBA made our dream become a reality and the whole process has been unbelievable. It’s rewarding to see how it brings our community of mountain bikers together, and we can’t thank them enough for not only starting the program, but seeing it through to become the annual program it is today.”

“We started Bell Built three years ago with a hope that it would become an annual grant program that opens new places to ride,” says Azul Couzens, Bell Helmets Director of Marketing. “To see the positive reaction and impact the six trails have had so far within these communities is incredible. We’re so excited for our third year and can’t wait to build a new advanced and technical trail.”

Bell Helmets and IMBA have received nearly two hundred grant submissions since the program’s inception in 2013 from IMBA chapters, clubs and land management agencies. IMBA Trail Solutions, the international leader in developing singletrack trails, has been responsible for the building and designing of all six projects and will continue that in 2015 with help from local volunteers.  

“The Bell Built program has been an overwhelming success in its first two years, and we’re all looking forward to learning what our third year will bring,” said IMBA Executive Director Mike Van Abel. “To see every community and organization rally to come together with such enthusiasm is extraordinary and shows the impact that a program like this has at the community level.  The whole team is excited to start building our next trail.”

Eligibility is restricted to registered 501(c)3 nonprofits with specific permission from a land manager to undertake the proposed project. For more information and application procedures, visit IMBA’s website

About Bell Helmets

From humble beginnings in the garage of a Southern California speed shop in the 1950’s to the heads of champions in auto, motorcycle and bicycle competitions all over the world, Bell Helmets is synonymous with protection and progression. Part of Easton-Bell Sports and based in Scotts Valley, Calif., Bell Helmets is the world leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of bicycle and motorcycle helmets and accessories. Bell Helmets is online at bellhelmets.com.

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