Learn about financial assistance and how to apply
Increasing Access to Bike & Build
The Bike & Build financial assistance and grant program are geared to break down barriers to Bike & Build, advocacy work, and the cycling community. Anyone interested in participating in a Bike & Build experience are highly encouraged to express their interest in either of the below options.
Participants can apply for financial assistance or our grant program through the participant application.
Bike & Build participants are required to fundraise to participate in their experience. These funds cover costs associated with each program, such as our Affordable Housing Curriculum, meals, accommodations, safe cycling skill development, Bike & Build gear, and leader supervision and training. By participating in your program, you are also supporting our non-profit to continue our mission to advocate for affordable housing and empower young adults for a lifetime of service and civic engagement.
We are committed to ensuring everyone who wants to can access Bike & Build experiences. Through funding partners and yearly donations, we are able to offer need- and merit-based financial assistance. We will work closely with each participant to determine funding before determining specific financial packages. The below chart provides the potential financial assistance amount based solely on income. Participants will have an opportunity to share more about their circumstances that may impact their ability to participate in their program(s) of choice.
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Bike & Build advocates for affordable housing through education, service, and advocacy, sometimes using a bicycle as a vehicle of our approach. Within the issue of affordable housing and the cycling world, there are significant inequalities based on race, gender identity, sexual orientation, health, and other factors.
For instance, People of color, specifically Black People of Color, are most likely to be excluded from equal access to housing, community support, and opportunities for economic mobility due to generations of systematic racism (National Low Income Housing Coalition). When looking at the most mainstream, well-known cycling competition, the Tour de France in 2020 only included 1 black rider, and the competition has been exclusive to men for over a century, with no equivalent available to women, except for the “course d’un jour” — a modest alternative introduced following a petition initiated by riders in 2013.
We are committed to raising the stories and voices to those most impacted by housing inequalities and those most under-represented within cycling. Within 2021, Bike & Build is offering full funding for 10 participants to those who self identify as people of color, people of transgender and non-binary gender identity, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, individuals with long-lasting or chronic illnesses, and others who feel they are under-represented will be prioritized in the selection process.
Grant recipients will join a community of B&B Grantees, receive 25% off future B&B programs (with confirmation from the B&B team), and will be invited to interview future recipients.
Please apply through our participant application. The grant application process will also include an interview with our team.