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|Kona/IMBA Freeriding Grants Available
Mountain bike groups looking to develop technical riding will again benefit
from a grant program focused on building challenging trails. In 2005, Kona
Bicycle Company and the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA)
will award cash grants to fund the development of freeriding, downhilling,
and dirt jumping projects.
IMBA-affiliated clubs in North America are invited to apply for seven $1,000
awards. The application deadline is May 1, 2005, and the grants will be
awarded in June.
Funding for the program comes from Kona and the Kona/IMBA Bowling Party, an
annual Las Vegas fundraiser held during Interbike, the bicycle industry
The program's goal is to speed the development of freeriding opportunities
on public land. Grants may be used for a variety of purposes, including
gaining land manager approval, addressing liability concerns, trail and
stunt construction, trailhead kiosks and signage, and freeride organization
The Kona/IMBA Freeriding Grants program builds on Kona's time-tested support
of mountain biking advocacy. Kona has been a leading IMBA corporate
supporter since '94 and has developed several creative fundraising projects,
including the Kona Buck-A-Bike program, the ongoing Kona Bro Deal program
(which asks all bro deal purchasers to become IMBA members), and the highly
successful bowling tourney, which recently celebrated its seventh edition.
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