The Best Bike Ride in America

Cycle Oregon Fund

Cycle Oregon showcases unique and beautiful parts of rural Oregon. The event connects riders to the land and the communities that make our state a great place to live and ride and a perfect destination for Oregonians and out-of-state visitors, alike.

But Cycle Oregon doesn’t just expose riders to richly diverse Oregon communities. It also provides much-needed financial support to those same communities. All the proceeds from the rides have been placed in the Cycle Oregon Fund at the Oregon Community Foundation since January 1996 when Cycle Oregon created its community fund with a $300,000 contribution to the Oregon Community Foundation.

In 2013 the fund hit a major milestone, reaching $2 million. To date, Cycle Oregon has awarded 176 grants totaling $1,484,064. Cycle Oregon has two main grant programs: community grants and signature grants.

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Community Grants program

Cycle Oregon’s community grants program helps provide important support for communities we visit during our events. Projects fit into one of three categories: environmental conservation and historic preservation, bicycle safety and tourism and community projects.

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Signature Grants program

Cycle Oregon’s signature grants are determined by Cycle Oregon’s board of directors. Signature grants have provided important funding to catalyze or conclude an important community project that has statewide impact.

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Other Support

Cycle Oregon also provides approximately $130,000 each year to community groups for the services they provide on our rides. These hosts assist greatly in planning our events and provide hundreds of volunteers whose passion and dedication make our tours a success.

You can help!

During registration or at other times during the year you may make a tax-deductible contribution to the Oregon Community Foundation, which is a registered 501(c)3.