We recognize that this is a small step in the face of systemic racism and entrenched inequality, but we believe that bicycles and the outdoors are for all, and that everyone should have access to the freedom, joy and self-actualization they provide.
We also know that there are many barriers to multi-day self-supported adventures to be dismantled before beginning to bikepack, such as finances, equipment, confidence, experience, camping skills, and access to routes.
As a national non-profit dedicated to serving the bikepacking community, it is imperative that we continue to uplift, elevate, and amplify BIPOC community leaders who have been working towards greater access and equity in the outdoors.
For 2024, the grant program will focus on providing grants to BIPOC Community Leaders to host trips, develop gear libraries, and other community building activities. We hope to develop long-term relationships with these leaders and to support diversity within our Regional Stewards Program.
We are currently looking to fundraise at least $25,000 to launch a 3rd round of grantmaking in Spring 2024. We are seeking support from individuals and organizations who believe that bicycles and the outdoors are for all, and that everyone should have access to the freedom, joy and self-actualization they provide.