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Grants, The Gifts That Keep On Giving

glee-co16wk-237Thank you Cycle Oregon riders, donors and volunteers!

Thanks to your big hearts and generous checkbooks, 2016 has been another outstanding year for our grants program. Through the Cycle Oregon Fund at the Oregon Community Foundation, Cycle Oregon has awarded 225 grants worth over $1.8 million dollars over the last 21 years. These funds have helped preserve natural beauty in Oregon, promote bicycle safety and tourism, and support community projects throughout the state.

“Cycle Oregon wouldn’t exist without the support of small Oregon communities,” says Executive Director Steve Schulz. “Our grant program is one way we try to return the favor. Supporting these communities is the reason we were founded in the first place. We love coming back to see how these projects are making a difference!”

In 2016, Cycle Oregon awarded 18 more grants totaling more than $119,000.

2016 Community Grants

  • glee-co16wk-249A bike repair and fabrication program in Baker City
  • Construction of 2 miles of beginner single track trail in the Mt. Emily Recreation Area near La Grande
  • Addition of a splash pad and updating of playground features in Joseph
  • Creation of a student run print shop to foster graphic design, business and professional printing skills in Camas Valley
  • Funds to convert Clackamas County police radios to communicate with HAM radio frequencies
  • Youth wrestling room for junior high and high school students in Crane
  • A bike repair station in Coos Bay
  • Installation of three bicycle Fixit stations on the Painted Hills Scenic Bikeway
  • Bike parking for 50-57 additional bikes throughout downtown Grants Pass
  • glee-co16wk-542Wheelchair basketball equipment for the Rogue Valley Scorpions 
  • Assistance in the implementation of a rail-to-trail project in Joseph
  • A bicycle and pedestrian safety program to serve over 500 kids in Jefferson County
  • Bicycle repair station in Monmouth
  • Technical assistance with building a rail-to-trail segment from Joseph to Enterprise
  • Funds to help the Pine Valley recycling operations in Halfway
  • A bike repair station in John Day
  • Panels for a HUB bicycle wayfinding system for the Historic Columbia River Highway in The Dalles


The Second Act of the Salmonberry

salmonberry-conceptIn addition to our community grants, Cycle Oregon has a Signature Grant program where we focus on larger, long-term projects. Our most ambitious project to date is the Salmonberry Trail Project. This multi-year labor of love involves transforming an old storm-ravaged railroad route into a world-class Portland-to-coast adventure trail for bikers and hikers. Over the last four years we have donated $200,000 in a continuing effort to restore the Salmonberry Trail and we pledge to raise $1,000,000 in total to help make this dream a reality.

How you can help

Participating in our rides is a great (and unbelievably fun) way to support our mission and participate in growing the fund. You can also help by making a tax-deductible contribution.

We sincerely thank each and every one of you for your ongoing support of our efforts to keep Oregon perpetually beautiful and increasingly bikeable.


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2 Comments

  1. Since Cycle Oregon has been cancelled this year, does this mean that our group cannot apply for a grant? If I can still apply for a grant, when can I make my application?

    thanks in advance,

    Fred Bray
    Redmond Oregon
    City of Redmond BPAC

    1. Fred, the grant program will continue in 2017 thanks to many contributions from our generous riders and supporters. We will open September 29.