NEBRA Grant Program Overview, Guidelines and FAQ

The New England Bicycle Racing Association’s mission is to advance, develop and support the bike racing community and the sport of cycling in New England. We are dedicated to fostering an environment that provides lifelong opportunities in the sport for all participants, promoters and supporters.

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As part of NEBRA’s mission we offer a robust program of grant options. These are available to NEBRA members (clubs or standalone race directors) who attend the annual NEBRA Promoters Summit and to USA Cycling licensed officials from the New England region.  

NEBRA Promoter Support Program Summary

NEBRA has financial loan and grant programs available to its member clubs and race directors who participated in the NEBRA Promoters’ Summit to support cycling in the New England region and help it prosper. Currently the program offerings are:

Bridge Loan Program

NEBRA can provide bridge loans to clubs and race directors prior to their event to help mitigate upfront costs. Loans of up to $1500 may be requested subject to the following guidelines:

  • Loan applications must be received at least 4 weeks prior to the event.
  • Events requesting loans must have approved USA Cycling permits prior to request.
  • Loan disbursement will be in the form of a single check.
  • Loans are to be repaid in full in the form of a single check mailed within 30 days of the end of the event.

Event Development Grant

NEBRA has Development Grants of up to $500 available to help clubs and race directors subsidize underrepresented categories, grow participation, lower barriers to entry for a group of athletes, or for other programs that help grow the sport of cycling in our region. Development Grants may be requested subject to the following guidelines:

  • Grant applications must be received at least 4 weeks prior to the event or start of a program.
  • A club or race director may apply for one development grant per calendar year.
  • Grant recipients must include the NEBRA logo on flyers and event announcements.

Moto Ref Grant

NEBRA has Motorcycle Referee Grants available to clubs and promoters of competitive events to help encourage the use of motorcycle referees. For first time applicants we are offering $135 grants per moto, up to 4 motos. If you apply for a second year we offer a matching grant of $68 of up to 3 motos, splitting the per costs with the club or race director. Moto Grants may be requested subject to the following guidelines:

  • Moto Grants requests must be received at least 4 weeks prior to the event.
  • Events must be held under a USA Cycling Competitive Event Permit
  • Clubs and Event Directors may apply for one Moto Grant per year

Hardship Fund

Beginning in 2016 NEBRA will administer a Hardship Fund. Participating clubs and race directors will voluntarily pay $100 into the fund annually. Once funded, should a hardship befall a participating club or race director, they may apply for a one time grant of up to $1000 to offset unforeseen costs. This program will be administered jointly with the NEBRA board and participating clubs.

Negotiated Discounts with ‘Official’ providers

NEBRA will endeavor to negotiate group discounts and preferred pricing across a range of services and event supplies for its members. NEBRA also offers bulk pricing on select event supplies throughout the season.

Total Event Insurance – Weather Insurance

For promoters wishing to participate in Weather Insurance NEBRA can provide subsidies – 20% on 1st $1000, 10% on 2nd $1000, 5% on 3rd $1000 of coverage.

Grant FAQ

Who can apply for grants?

Grants are available to NEBRA members (clubs or standalone race directors) who attend the annual NEBRA Promoters Summit and to USA Cycling licensed officials from the New England region.  

Individuals may apply for development grants for programs that target a specific segment of the NEBRA community such as race Officials, Women or Junior racers etc.

What is the application process?

To apply for a NEBRA Grant please send a request via email to board@nebra.us detailing the amount requested, target audience and the goals for the grant funding. The specific details of program expensed the grant funding will cover should also be included. Grant requests should be received by the Board at least 4 weeks prior to the event.

How and when are grants paid?

All grants are designed to be reimbursements for specific program expenses. For example the Moto grants are specifically for the additional insured costs and the daily officials pay. For something like a development grant we would as that funds be allocated for specific expenses that can be verified with receipts.

Does NEBRA support individual athletes or teams?

NEBRA will help individuals and teams publicize fundraising efforts and help facilitate fundraising but does not specifically support individual athletes or teams with grants. With limited funds and the intention to use those funds for the big picture development of cycling in New England our priorities are for funding programs rather than people.