USA Cycling seeking grant applicants for unique funding opportunity


Colorado Springs, Colo. (February 19, 2014) — The USA Cycling Development Foundation, in conjunction with the USA Cycling Athletics Department, is requesting applications from eligible elite women’s riders to participate in a unique fundraising opportunity in partnership with the RallyMe crowd funding platform. Selected applicants will actively participate in individual matching gift fundraising efforts through RallyMe in support of each athlete’s travel and training for the 2014 racing season.

Kristin McGrath (l) and Evelyn Stevens set the tempo
USA Cycling is seeking elite women's cyclist applicants for a unique funding opportunity. (Photo by Casey Gibson)

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • U.S. citizens between the racing ages of 19-34
  • Elite status as a women’s category 1 or 2 road/track cyclist with a valid USA Cycling license
  • Specific goals of qualifying for the 2016 and/or 2020 Olympic Games
  • Agree to join the USA Cycling and Foundation Athlete Ambassador Program
  • Agree to account for all grant money received with an expense report
  • Demonstrated financial need as instructed through the application

This fundraising effort will be limited to 10 riders who will be chosen by a selection committee composed of USA Cycling coaches and staff. Applicants must be willing to promote an individual RallyMe page in a fundraising effort that will last 4-6 weeks. All funds raised through the RallyMe platform will be matched up to $2,500 per athlete by the USA Cycling Development Foundation, though athletes will not be limited in the amount they may raise. All funds raised by each athlete will be granted directly to the athlete and must be expended on costs associated with travel and training. Funds may be used toward travel to and from races and for associated training costs, including coaching services, equipment (SRM), aerodynamic testing, nutritionist or other related training costs.

Applicants should download and complete the form and return to Allison Toppen by email at by the end of the business day on February 27, 2014. Applications will be reviewed and participants chosen by March 7, 2014.

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