Creating a pathway to the future of the sport.
Founded in 2019 with the mission of building a better future for cycling and cyclists, the Rapha Foundation now funds more than 15 organisations around the world committed to inspiring, empowering and supporting the next generation of riders and racers from under-represented communities in the sport.
The organisation invests $1.5 million a year in grassroots activities and recently announced a new round of groups would be added to the list of recipients. Starting this spring, the Foundation will support the National Cycling Institute Milton, KC Academy, Ride for Charlie and World Bicycle Relief who are joining a growing community of grantees around the globe.
Our latest round of grantees join the twenty other grassroots cycling organisations across the globe that were part of five previous rounds of funding. Find out more about the new recipients below, with in-depth features, interviews with our existing grantees below.
NATIONAL CYCLING INSTITUTE MILTON
Formed to advance cycling in Milton and across Canada, the NICM offer a full range of indoor track cycling opportunities to service cyclist of all ages and abilities. Through programs and Race Nights for youth and adults, riders can develop their skills and progress with their training. With the support of the Rapha Foundation, they’ll be expanding their popular ‘Try the Track’ initiative to invite more local schools and sports clubs across Southern Ontario to take part. They’ll also be running a cycling camp which will be open to young riders this summer.Find out more
When Kadeena Cox made the transition from track and field into cycling, she was struck by the comparative lack of diversity at the elite end of the sport. As the only Black British cyclist to win a gold medal at the Olympic or Paralympic Games, she was assured by her own success and concluded that the lack of diversity was not due to a lack of talent but a lack of opportunity and support. In 2021, she established the KC Academy partnership with SportsAid to break down barriers and create more pathways into the sport for riders from diverse ethnic communities. The funding provided by the foundation will help the academy support four emerging athletes and host open days in London and Derby to help identify passionate young cyclists with potential.Find out more
COMMUNITIES ON THE MOVE
World Bicycle Relief is a non-profit organisation founded to help mobilise people through the power of bicycles. Their Communities on the Move program - supported by the Rapha Foundation thanks to our Black Friday Ride and Alt Tour initiatives - aims to significantly increase the mobilisation of communities in Kasungu, Malawi. Since affordable transportation options are largely unavailable in the area, the school enrolment rate is low, the reach of community health workers is limited and local farmers struggle to distribute their produce. Through the donation of more than 2,000 buffalo bikes to those who would most benefit from them, the program will help increase access to education, healthcare and trade opportunities for the people of Kasungu.Find out more
RIDE FOR CHARLIE
Established in memory of Charlie Craig, the 15-year-old British cyclocross rider who inspired many through his love of the sport, the Ride for Charlie foundation aims to support young off-road cyclists. Allocating funding to self-motivated individuals and small teams, the foundation seeks to continue Charlie’s legacy of inspiring others to ride. With a focus on developing talent in mountain biking and other off-road disciplines, the foundation's financial assistance will help get riders to off-road cycling events across Europe. Through the foundation’s support, riders can overcome financial barriers that may prevent them from fulfilling their sporting ambitions and will help promote diversity in cycling.Find out more
GROW CYCLING FOUNDATION
Established following the death of George Floyd in 2020, the Grow Cycling Foundation aims to tear down barriers to entry into cycling and create new avenues into the sport. With support from the Rapha Foundation, Grow Cycling are developing a world-class 30,000 square foot pump track in Downtown Los Angeles.
BLACK GIRLS DO BIKE
Founded in 2013, Black Girls Do Bike (BGDB) is a charity that believes the simple act of riding a bike can facilitate life-changing experiences for women of all ages and backgrounds. With chapters across America, the organisation builds riding communities wherever it goes, all thanks to the work of their ‘shero’ volunteers.
BEAR NATIONAL TEAM (BEAR DEV)
A dedicated XC mountain bike development team, ‘Bear Dev’ equips U23 riders with the skills and resilience needed to compete at the highest level of the sport. With more than 30 riders now on the books, Bear Dev used their funding to expand their race programme.
Overseeing road, track, mountain bike, cyclocross and BMX, the organisation supports all cyclists, from enthusiasts to professionals. Having secured funding from the Rapha Foundation, USA Cycling appointed a dedicated Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion whose responsibility it is to extend existing their DEI programmes.
In January 2022, Experience Fayetteville hosted the UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championships. An elite facility for both cyclocross and XC MTB was established at Centennial Park to host the event, which will then be a valued resource to any local aspiring future champions.
TOP CYCLIST ACADEMY
We are proud to be supporting Top Cyclist Academy, The Rapha Foundation’s newest grantee, whose mission is to develop young cyclists to compete at the highest level of the sport. Their qualified coaches have developed an off-road programme to help students develop the physical strength and technical skills required to be a professional cyclist in a fun and safe environment.
The organisation’s school programs break down barriers to provide cycle training to underserved students. The funding, provided by the Rapha Foundation, will enable the charity to implement 30 donated bike libraries giving young people much-needed access to bicycles.
NICA builds strong minds, bodies and communities through cycling. With support from Rapha in 2019, the association’s GRiT (Girls Riding Together) program has accomplished an incredible amount to engage women in cycling with 52 coordinators in 31 leagues around the country supported by Libba Moravac, their full-time GRiT Program Manager.
MAJOR TAYLOR PROJECT
Founded upon the idea that our lives and communities can be made better by cycling, Cascade is the largest cycling organisation in Washington state. Named after Marshall Taylor, the first African-American to win a world title, the club’s internationally-renowned Major Taylor Project improves access of minority ethnic communities to cycling resources.
CYCLE KIDS, INC.
Serving schools in over seven states, CYCLE Kids helps children gain confidence, strengthen their academic focus and develop a passion for cycling. In the past 16 years, the programme has reached over 30,000 children, many in underrepresented, vulnerable, and racially diverse communities.
DETROIT FITNESS FOUNDATION
Open on all but three days of the year, DFF provides free cycling facilities and programs to under-served communities in Detroit. The organisation's summer camps at the city’s Lexus velodrome – one of only two such facilities in the US – have enrolled over 500 children, with some progressing DFF’s Elite Junior Team, and competing at the 2019 Junior National Championships.
A development team with a difference, Hot Tubes has helped 120 young, elite-level athletes develop since 1991. Over twenty alumni have competed professionally but the programme is about more than racing bikes, with equal focus on the key elements of character that underpin personal and athletic success.
The Helen100 foundation was created to provide opportunities for young women in cyclocross. In 2019, Helen Wyman appealed to young riders, teams, coaches and parents to come together on social media and together they removed a financial barrier that had kept 140 young riders from racing.
Formerly known as the Dave Rayner Fund, this foundation was set up in 1995 to support young cyclists at the beginning of their careers. Former beneficiaires include many of Britain’s best-known cyclists such as Adam Yates, Tao Geoghegan Hart, Hannah Barnes and Dan Mclay.
THE CYCLISTS' ALLIANCE
Established by former pro cyclists Iris Slappendel, Carmen Small and Gracie Elvin to protect the interests of female professionals, the Cyclists’ Alliance is based in the Netherlands and lobbies for fairness and equality in the sport as well as better support for riders once they finish their careers.
HERNE HILL VELODROME TRUST
South London’s historic Herne Hill Velodrome has served the local community since 1891 and featured as a venue in the 1948 Olympic Games. This trust is the charity that manages the running of a site that hosts countless off-road and track events every year for thousands of local cyclists.
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.
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.
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.
BRITISH CYCLING CITY ACADEMIES
British Cycling is striving to sustainably change the face of the sport and make cycling more accessible through their new City Academy Hubs. The Rapha Foundation is supporting the three-year pilot project that works to increase participation in under-represented groups and communities in the sport, bringing in-person cycling inspiration and motivation to the heart of communities.
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
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 this 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.
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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