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The Rapha Foundation's mission is to build a better future for the sport of cycling by inspiring, empowering and supporting the next generation of racers. We will provide direct funding to grassroots and not for profit organisations that introduce under-served audiences to the sport. We will champion these organisations and take aspiring racers on a journey from their local park to podiums at the top of the sport. We will do this all over the world.

RECIPIENTS

Four grassroots cycling organisations in the UK and Europe join the first round of five US-based grantees to benefit from funding. Find out more about the recipients below, with in-depth features and more to follow in the coming months.

EXISTING GRANTEES

MUDFUND AT USA CYCLING FOUNDATION

The USA Cycling Foundation’s mission is to assist USA Cycling in its efforts to create and implement consistent, sustained development programs for young American bike racers. The MudFund specifically supports cyclocross programming and was the dedicated fund for the grant.

STAR TRACK

Since 2004, the Star Track has aspired to improve the lives of New York City children by introducing them to the joys and benefits of track cycling. Most of Star Track participants come from the Outer Boroughs of New York and under-resourced areas of Queens and Brooklyn.

NICA

NICA builds strong minds, bodies, characters, and communities through cycling. Founded in 2009, NICA has grown to offer a variety of cycling-related experiences for middle and high school student-athletes, all of which reflect our core values of Fun, Inclusivity, Equity, Respect, and Community.

AMY D FOUNDATION

The Amy D. Foundation encourages and supports young women in cycling by inspiring the celebration of healthy challenges and empowering the confident pursuit of lofty dreams. Founded in 2003, the programming works to build participation, opportunity, and equality in the sport.

BOULDER JUNIOR CYCLING

The Boulder Junior Cycling (BJC) is a year-round youth cycling program in Boulder, Colorado. Their mission is to develop, coach and inspire junior cyclists aged 8-18 in a range of disciplines. Founded in 2006, BJC has grown into one of the largest and most successful junior cycling teams in the country.

ABOUT THE RAPHA FOUNDATION

Rapha was established in 2004 to celebrate and promote cycling. Initially we did this by producing high quality road cycling clothing showcased in inspiring photography and stories. Since then, the company has expanded into many more product categories and established a thriving global community of cyclists. Rapha is fiercely ambitious about cycling, and we strive to see it become the most popular sport in the world.

At the start of 2018, Rapha published the Roadmap following a two-year research project that investigated how the 'shop window' of cycling – that is, the professional sport – could be made more exciting and more valuable. The recommendations in the Roadmap guide all of Rapha's investments, starting with a new approach to team sponsorship and leading to the launch of our charitable foundation focused on the grassroots of the sport.

MORE INFORMATION ON FUNDING


We fund

 

Mission aligned institutions – Applicants must be able to demonstrate their alignment with the mission and vision of the Rapha Foundation, as well as their broader commitment to advancing cycling within their work.

 

Registered charities –US-based applicants must be Section 501(c)(3) public charities. Non-US organizations may apply as a project of a US-based fiscal sponsor that is a 501(c)(3) public charity, or a non-US organization that is the equivalent of a US 501(c)(3) public charity.

We do not fund

 

Individuals – The foundation is unable to make grants directly to individuals.

Unsolicited proposals - Staff strive to identify mission-aligned organizations, and thus do not accept unsolicited proposals. However, if you would like to nominate an organization you believe is a fit or if you are an organization that would like to get on our radar and have mission alignment, please complete the following form.

Where we fund


Acknowledging the global footprint of cycling, the Rapha Foundation will support eligible charitable organizations based in and supporting communities in Asia/Pacific, the European Union, the United Kingdom and the United States.

How to apply


The Rapha Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals. Staff strive to identify mission-aligned organizations, and thus do not accept unsolicited proposals.

However, if you would like to nominate an organization you believe is a fit or if you are an organization that would like to get on our radar and have mission alignment, please complete the following form.

Invited applicants will be asked to submit a proposal for funding of up to three years, with a maximum total request of $150,000.

Legal overview


The Rapha Foundation is a donor advised fund at an independent US-based charitable organization. All grants are subject to the organization’s grantmaking guidelines and US rules and regulations for charitable donations (which apply to both domestic and international organizations.

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