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 five new groups would be added to the list of recipients. Starting this summer, the Foundation will support the Grow Cycling Foundation, Black Girls Do Bike, Bear National Team, Experience Fayetteville and USA Cycling, who are joining a growing community of grantees around the globe.
Our five latest grantees join the fifteen other grassroots cycling organisations across the US, Asia and Europe that were part of four previous rounds of funding. Find out more about the new recipients below, with in-depth features, interviews with our existing grantees below.
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 for people from all walks of life. With a clear focus on people from marginalised backgrounds, the foundation builds inclusive communities and promotes opportunities for career development within the cycling industry. With support from the Rapha Foundation, Grow Cycling will develop a world-class 30,000 square foot pump track in Los Angeles, bringing a cycling ecosystem to an area that has never before been served such an opportunity.Find out more
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. And with support from the Rapha Foundation, BGDB is launching a dedicated racing team for women of colour from across America. Open to all cycling disciplines and aiming to provide assistance with coaching, nutrition, and help with race fees and travel expenses, Black Girls Do Bike Racing aims to make a real difference to female athletes.Find out more
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. Founded in 2011 in Santa Cruz, California, Bear Dev goes beyond regular riding clinics and specialist training to foster a support network for their young riders, allowing them to grow in confidence on their journey towards success. With more than 30 riders now on the books, Bear Dev intend to use their funding to expand their current race programme to include at least two more international blocks, provide additional support in Canada and the US and run more camps for beginner and intermediate riders.Find out more
As the national governing body in the United States, USA Cycling is on a mission to develop the sport at all levels across the country and to sustain international racing success. 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 will appoint a dedicated Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion whose responsibility it will be to extend existing DEI programmes. They will also develop and integrate DEI strategies across the organisation and the broader cycling community to ensure everyone feels comfortable and included.Find out more
In January 2022, Experience Fayetteville will host the UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championships. The packed weekend of racing is the biggest in the sport and next year will be only the second time the event has been held in the United States. An elite facility for both cyclocross and XC MTB has been established at Centennial Park to host the event, which will then be a valued resource to any local aspiring future champions.Find out more
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.
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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