Annual Grant Opportunities
Purpose: The NICA Booster Fund is a national program focused on increasing the overall access to NICA programs, especially student-athletes, teams, and coaches from underrepresented areas and disadvantaged backgrounds in NICA high school mountain biking leagues.
The Fund provides direct support, through individual scholarships, stipends and grants, to offset expenses directly related to participation in NICA league and team activities. By covering these expenses, the fund also provides support for NICA leagues and helps to ensure the sustainable development and funding of league staff, programs and activities by actively assisting in the expansion of league ridership.
The NICA Booster Fund is instrumental in achieving NICA’s mission to enable every American teen the opportunity to strengthen their body, mind and character through participation in NICA high school mountain biking.
Student-Athletes: Booster Fund grants for student-athletes can be used to pay for the purchase and overhaul of cycling equipment including bikes, helmets, shoes, tools, pedals, or other related equipment that can be purchased in a bike shop. The grant may also be used for registration in league sponsored races and riding camps, including any costs associated with travel to/from race or camp. Grant requests may not exceed $500.
Coaches: Booster Fund stipends for coaches can be used towards relevant NICA coaching licensing fees, travel expenses to races, trainings, and other league related events, including camps and Leaders Summits. Stipends may also be used towards first aid/CPR training or participation in relevant continuing education courses as well as towards coaching related equipment. Grant requests may not exceed $500.
Teams: Booster Fund grants for teams can be used toward travel expenses associated with attending the league races. Travel expenses include cost for fuel, rental vehicle and/or camping/lodging. Grants may also be used towards costs associated with team equipment that is used to help create a space for the team at the races and maintenance of team bikes (e.g., pop-up tents, banners, bike stand, repair stands, spare bike parts, etc.). Grants may also be used to cover league registration fees. Grant requests may not exceed $500.
Leagues: Booster Fund grants for leagues are available to all NICA Project Leagues and NICA Chapter Leagues. Start-up grants help withe heavy lifting it takes to get brand new leagues off the ground. Grants are also available to existing leagues to support new programs and the needs of fast growing organizations. NICA League Directors are eligible to apply and grant requests may not exceed $25,000.
Grant Reporting: Grant recipients are required to complete an online “Booster Fund Impact Survey” upon completion of the riding season for which they received their grant. Grant recipients are also encouraged to submit photographs and videos from their activities during the season including; racing, training with the team, coaching and instruction, etc. Information on how to complete this survey will be provided to grantees.
Application: Applicants must complete an online or written grant application (they are identical). We prefer to receive online applications, but there is no penalty for submitting a written grant application. Applications can be either e-mailed to email@example.com with the subject: “Booster Fund Application” or mailed to NICA Attn: Booster Fund, 2414 6th Street, Berkeley, CA 94710.
If you need a blank application mailed to you, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Paper Application Request” or call 510-524-5464.
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Deadline: NICA accepts two rounds of applications each year. Spring League applications are due March 22nd. Fall League applications are due July 25th. Applications are due on these dates by midnight. Mailed applications must be postmarked by this date. (League Grant deadlines may differ)
Booster Fund Rules and Restrictions: All NICA student-athletes, teams, and coaches are encouraged to apply for NICA Booster Fund Grants. Grants will be awarded based on the quality of the application, the needs of the applicant, and the availability of funding with preference being given to student-athletes, coaches and teams from underrepresented areas and disadvantaged backgrounds and those who have a long-term commitment to high school racing.
Grant Selection: All grant applications will be reviewed by a Grant Selection Committee and evaluated based on the overall quality of the application, eligibility and need. Grant recipients will be notified within 30 days of the application due date. Funding to recipients will be dispersed within 45 days of the application date.
Grant Redemption: Disbursement will vary depending on the nature of the grant request. Either a check will be provided directly to the recipient or NICA will pay for registration/licensing fees on behalf of the recipient directly to the proper organization.
Contact: For more information about the Booster Fund grant opportunities or application, please contact email@example.com or 510-524-5464.