IMBA Small Grants Program
The small grants program provides assistance to International Mountain Bicycling Association chapters and supporting organizations for trail and bike projects. Some of IMBA's strongest supporters have stepped up to provide financial assistance to the mountain bike community. These grants support projects that maintain and improve the sustainability of local trails, preserve the environment and enhance conservation in the mountain bicycling community.
Please support these contributing organizations by including logos or mentions in your group's communication collateral and social media posts when possible in appreciation of their support for mountain bike advocacy. Grant winners will be asked to create and promote social media content to further promote the programs.
Deadline Is May 15 each year.
Applications must be submitted via IMBA's Small Grants Application Form.
Please note each grant has different and specific goals. Project selection and awards will be based on alignment with the grant goals as well as quality of the proposal and project. Submissions will not be accepted via mail or email. IMBA has full discretion in the selection of grant winners and reserves the right to judge applications according to grant requirements, input from IMBA Region Directors, and application criteria.
Applications MUST include the following, plus specific requirements below in each grant description:
- A brief, 200 word typed description of the proposed project that demonstrates how funds will be productively used to preserve and enhance trail access, promote environmental education or inspire conservation in your community.
- A budget outline to show how all funding will be used.
- Organization Name (Applications for IMBA Small Grants must be from current members or chapters of IMBA; applicants must include membership numbers).
- Contact Name
- Contact Address
- Contact Phone
- Contact Email and Club Website
- Digital copy of a completed W-9 tax form (grant winners will be required to submit a completed W-9 tax form).
- Copy of the organization's IRS determination letter showing 501(c)3 status
- Chapters and supporting organizations should have a web page set up with IMBA's Teaming For Trails microsite.
Winners will be announced in June, 2015.
IMBA and CLIF Bar will award ten $500 cash grants to IMBA affiliated groups to fund projects that promote environmental education and inspire conservation in the mountain biking community. Grants will be awarded to IMBA-affiliates that best meet the following project criteria.
Include a one-page, typed description of the proposed project that demonstrates how funds will be productively used to preserve and enhance trail access, promote environmental education and inspire conservation in your community. Include a budget outline to show how all funding will be used. Please attach these documents during the application process.
CLIF Bar also generously supports IMBA clubs and chapters volunteer work days with donated CLIF Bars. To order bars for your next volunteer day click here.
IMBA and long-standing corporate member FOX Racing Shox, are pleased to announce the IMBA/FOX Bike Park and Pump Track Grants. Grants of $500-$1000 will be awarded to IMBA-affiliates that best meet the following project criteria.
A one-page, typed description of the proposed project that demonstrates how funds will be productively used to support the development of a sustainable bike park or pump track in your local community. We are seeking quality projects that have sound plans for long term maintenance and municipal stakeholder support. Also include a budget outline on how the funding will be used. Please attach these documents during the application process.
FOX generously supports IMBA efforts nationally and locally close to their headquarters in Santa Cruz, California, and providing additional support for IMBA California.
Osprey and IMBA's "Let's Build Trails" program is compromised of four $400 grants to support projects that are beneficial for the continuation or growth of recreational mountain biking in the United States.
A one-page, typed description of the proposed project that demonstrates how funds will be productively used to provide and enhance sustainable trail access and/or maintenance, and promotes mountain bike recreation in the community. A budget outline for the funding use is also required. Please attach these documents during the application process.
IMBA will be choose one winner from each of the following grouped IMBA Regions*
- Region 1: Southwest, Northern California
- Region 2: Colorado/Wyoming, Pacific Northwest
- Region 3: SORBA/Southeast, South Central
- Region 4: Upper Midwest, Great Lakes Regions, Mid-Atlantic, Northeast
*Applications from IMBA chapters outside of IMBA Regions will be considered and grouped with the closest geographic IMBA Region. If there are no applications from a particular region, a second winner from another region will be selected.
Osprey, based out of Cortez, Colorado, has been a proud supporter of IMBA and the joy of being outdoors. With a lifetime commitment to quality, they are excited to help the mountain bike community expand and maintain sustainability.