LCC announce grants for Bike Week 2015

Model Karena Graham points the way for the sixth stage of the 2015 An Post R�s which will be finishing in Ballinamore on Friday, May 22. Pictured is Model Karena Graham. Photo by Paul Mohan / Sportsfile
Building on the fantastic enthusiasm and participation nationally in Bike Week 2014, Leitrim County Council is now inviting applications for funding from interested local community groups for Bike Week 2015 (June 13-21) events.

Building on the fantastic enthusiasm and participation nationally in Bike Week 2014, Leitrim County Council is now inviting applications for funding from interested local community groups for Bike Week 2015 (June 13-21) events.

If your sports groups, schools, residents committees, Community groups, volunteer groups is interested in promoting cycling as part of a fun, national event, this is an ideal opportunity to apply for funding to help deliver your event.

Grants for Community Groups are available up to a potential maximum of €500 per successful community group. Grants can be used for materials or resources needed to run Bike Week 2015 events and activities.

Sample spend might include: Organising a local fun cycling event e.g. lunchtime workplace cycle, slow bike race, cycling obstacle course, cycling road race, mass cycle, forest cycle etc; Hiring a bike mechanic to run workshops on bike maintenance for event days; Organising refreshments for participants, e.g. free tea or breakfasts for everyone cycling to work or school on an event day; drinks and snacks for participants in a mass cycle; Tabards or reflective materials for stewards; Bikes, panniers, lights, locks etc to raffle or give as prizes for participants in events; Other complementary activities for event days, e.g. musical entertainment, face painting, novelty bike displays (unicycles, tricycles), electric bike display; Publicity materials.

Grants will be awarded based on the following criteria: Event or activity coincides with Bike Week 2015; Event or activity portrays cycling in a positive light; Events or activities are inclusive and facilitate a variety of people to participate e.g. not aimed solely at regular cyclists.

Events should have a wider appeal e.g. children, families, workplaces, non-cyclists etc; Publicity or communications planned to engage participants and local interest/ media; Originality of proposal.

For an application form and further information please contact the Leitrim Sports Partnership on 071 9650498 or by emailing sports@leitrimcoco.ie. The closing date for application is Friday, May 29.