A local mountain bike group is giving back in the form 10, $1,000 grants to people or groups who want to use the money to improve bicycling in Southern Arizona.

The Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists announced this week that they are accepting applications from now until June 30.

Martha Lemen the vice president of SDMB said the group decided create the grants as a way to give back to the community that helped them win a $50,000 grant from Good Magazine this summer.

“The money comes from the $50k grant we won,” she said. “We felt that since the bike community was hugely responsible for us winning the grant, we would be remiss if we didn’t return some of that money back to the community.”

Lemen said the group said any application that aims to improve cycling will be considered not just trail projects though they prefer them.

“We’re not looking for anything specific regarding the projects we’ll fund,” she said. “It needs to be bike related; ideally trails related, and it needs to benefit the community.”

Check out the details about the application below:

All submissions should include:
A Cover Letter
Introduce yourself or organization; give a short history, relevant mission statement, define the
population to be served and above all, explain why you can be trusted to use the funds responsibly and

• A Statement of Need
Explanation of the issue and why it is important; identify what research has been done on possible

• Goals & Objectives
A statement of what is to ultimately be accomplished by this project; define the specific results or
outcomes expected and how they would be measured.

• Program Design
How will you achieve the goals set forth; what methodologies shall be employed in the project, what
is your timeline and expected date of project completion.

• Budget
Define the expected costs and identify any other possible sources of funding.

• Submission Date: June 30th 2012

All submissions are to be type written and submitted by mail to SDMB, PO Box 65075, Tucson
Arizona 85718. All submissions must be officially post marked by the submission date and include
applicant’s relevant contact information including an email address and a phone number.
All applications received by mail will be reviewed by committee and the winner notified by the end of the
following month.

After the expected completion date all grant award winners will be encouraged to present their results to an
open board meeting of the SDMB group.

Download the PDF here.

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