Riding for Focus School - Getting Started
New in 2018 there are more opportunities for get a Riding for Focus program at your school.
Schools can self-fund.
Schools can seek matching funding, considered on the annual grant awarding cycle.
Schools can be awarded the Riding for Focus program on the annual grant awarding cycle.
No matter how Riding for Focus comes to your school, it all starts with the qualification process to see if Riding for Focus is a good fit for you and your community. This process allows applicants to see if Riding for Focus is a good fit throughout the entire year. By completing this qualification process your school will either be automatically sent to the final round of the grant process in February 2019, or provided the opportunity to improve your application before the annual grant window closes.
We have the tools and best practices to help your school overcome the logistical and organizational challenges of implementing a school program. To help us ensure your success, please carefully consider the following key criteria as you apply for the Riding for Focus Grant. If selected, you'll be required to show that you have the following in place:
Riding for Focus School Core Team: This normally includes a Program Champion who will lead the program, participate in program training, be a point of contact to the Specialized Foundation, and report back on program results; an Administrator to assist with budgeting, risk assessment, and approvals; and a Community Support Team that will leverage local cycling resources such as League Cycling Instructors (LCI) and school support organizations such as the PTA.
Cycling Sustainability Plan: This includes a succession plan for the core team, with a focus on developing backups and cross training of the faculty and staff. School must have a minimum two year commitment to the program.
Safe Riding Opportunity: At least three safe routes, of varying levels of difficulty, near the school.
Equipment Storage Plan: Ability to safely store program equipment, including bikes, helmets, and tools. Please note that the Specialized Foundation cannot replace any lost, stolen, or damaged equipment.
Additional Things to Consider
Schools should be prepared to run the school program a minimum of 6 weeks, 3 days a week, and at least 20 minutes per day—weather permitting.
Schools have the option to participate in the applied research program where participation involves certain performance and assessment measures to understand the efficacy of the program. Likely, this will be a task of the Program Champion.