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SpokeFest has grant available to promote bicycle education
SpokeFest has grant available to promote bicycle education

Bicycle enthusiasts will participate in the 7th annual SpokeFest in September, but the non-profit has more to offer than the one day event. SpokeFest has a grant available for schools or other nonprofits to use for bicycle education.

“We really just want to get the word out that it’s available,” said Anna Bresnahan, Marketing Chair for SpokeFest.

SpokFest has offered the Bicycle Education and Safety Grant Fund for the past four years. In the past it has been used to purchase bikes and provide teacher training for the East Valley School District, allowed the East Kiwanis to give away free helmets to area kids, provided 30 bikes and helmets for the Central Valley School District’s bicycle education program, and helped Pedals2People provide bicycle lights and helmets for Spokane County residents.

However, this year, SpokeFest hasn’t received any applications for the grant.

“We want to get more organizations involved,” explained Bresnahan. Over the last four years, SpokeFest has provided over $19,000 in funding through the grant.

Projects must reflect SpokeFest's mission of promoting bicycling for health and transportation. SpokeFest is looking for projects that helps people become more familiar with cycling, educates motorists about the rules of the road, educate the community about bicycle commuting, or help put together and support bicycle routes.

The grant will provide up to $2,500 to cover the cost of equipment, publications and promotional material for the project.

Personally, Bresnahan said she’s really enjoyed the projects that put bikes in the hands of kids who might not otherwise have the chance to ride.

“Just to see the kids ride them, just the joy on their faces, I love that, “ said Bresnahan. “We’d like to offer this to someone who really needs it.”

Do you have a project that would promote bicycle education? Click HERE to view the grant description and application. The deadline to apply is May 15th and grant funds will be available on June 1st.

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