IMBA/USA Cycling Trail Tune-Up Grants


Each year, USA Cycling teams up with the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) to offer a Trail Tune-Up grant to a mountain bike group seeking to jump-start trail improvement projects. These grants are completely funded by USA Cycling members through an optional land access checkbox on USA Cycling license applications and renewal forms.


One trail tune-up grant up to $2,000 is awarded to one winning group per year. In addition to the lump sum of money, the winning group will receive hands-on technical assistance with its trail project from one of the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crews.


Groups are asked to outline a proposed project in their application. Projects that create or improve trails used for mountain bike racing will receive the highest consideration, but funding can also be used to improve trails for race training and recreational riding. Applicants must be current members of IMBA, as well as USA Cycling member clubs/race promoters.


Clubs wishing to apply for the grant should prepare an application packet that includes all of the following items:

Project Information

  1. A brief, 200-word, typed description of the proposed project that demonstrate how funds will be productively used to preserve and enhance trail access, promote environmental education and inspire conservation in your community
  2. A brief, 200-word, typed description of how the event organizer and the local IMBA chapters and/or supporting organizations partner to ensure trails are maintained before, during, and after the race
  3. A budget outline to show how all funding will be used
  4. Club name (Clubs applying for grants must be current members of IMBA and USA Cycling; applicants must include membership numbers)

Contact Details

  1. IMBA chapter/supporting organization and USA Cycling club/promoter name and member number (Applications must name a current member of IMBA or IMBA chapter and a USA Cycling member/sanctioned event promoter)
  2. Contact name
  3. Contact address
  4. Contact phone
  5. Contact email and event/chapter/club website
  6. Digital copy of a completed W-9 tax form
  7. Copy of the organization's IRS determination letter showing 501(c)3 status.

Applications must be submitted via IMBA's Small Grants Application Form. Submissions will not be accepted via mail or email. This program is administered through a partnership between USA Cycling and IMBA.


The application period for 2014 is May 1 - August 31. One winner will be chosen. The winning club will be notified by IMBA and USA Cycling and announced at Interbike during the week of September 8, 2014.


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