What are Ride2School grants?
We’re making it easier for Victorian schools to have their share of $110,000 each year to help get more students riding to school.
Grants are awarded twice a year, with pools of $55,000 available during terms one and three.
Each school can apply for a grant up to the value of $5,000. The grant can be used on bike parking, Ride2School Active Paths, a fleet of bikes for the school, financial contributions to a new bike shed and much more.
Schools aren’t limited in what they want to use the grant for, as long as they can demonstrate a willingness to support more students riding and actively traveling to school.
What can you apply for?
Ride2School grants can be used for anything that you think will help get more students at your school riding and actively travelling, with up to $5,000 available to each school.
While you are certainly welcome to get creative with your applications, we also have some suggested initiatives and programs that grants can be used for, including two brand new ones for 2018.
Popular grant uses:
- Bike Ed training for teachers & CRT Cover
- School bike fleet
- Active Paths
- Bike parking
- Bike shed contributions
New grants in 2018
Student bike scholarships
Is there a student at your school who would love to be able to ride but unfortunately doesn’t have access to a bike? You can now apply for grants of up to $500 per student to buy bikes for those who would benefit.
Bike education program
Our brand-new bike education program includes 6-10 hours of bike ed tailored for your school and delivered by Ride2School’s Bike Education Program Coordinator. Sessions are available for up to 30 students. This specific grant is valued at $2,500.
Because Bicycle Network receives many applications for Ride2School grants, we need to assess each application and award grants to those with the greatest commitment to getting more students riding and actively travelling.
In your application there are four key questions we will ask you:
- What difference would this grant make to your school?
- How would this grant help active travel at your school?
- What is your school currently doing to promote active travel?
You will also be asked to specify how much money you are applying for and what you will use it for.
This information, plus the number of HandsUp! counts you have submitted, will help us determine the quality of the application, the level of need for investment at your school and your comittment to bike riding and active travel.
- Is the application complete?
- Has the school answered all mandatory questions in the application?
- Have all details and information been supplied to Ride2School to support the application?
- Does the application identify a specific need give details about how the grant will address this need?
- Will the grant help more students ride and actively travel to school?
- Is the school registered online with Bicycle Network’s Ride2School program?
- Has the school submitted at least four HandsUp! counts during the year and demonstrated an ongoing commitment to being engaged in the Ride2School program?
If you have any questions about the criteria or completing your application please contact us.
How do I apply?
To apply for a grant there are three things to do:
- Make sure your school has a Ride2School account
- Make sure your school has lodged at least four HandsUp! counts during the current school year
- Complete the online Ride2School grant application form
*Schools with less than four HandsUp! counts submitted within the current school year are ineligible. Schools with gold, silver, or bronze Ride2School classification will be prioritized for grants.
Applying for bike parking?
You’ll also need to send through:
- Measurements of proposed bike parking space at the school
- Photos of proposed bike parking space
- Preference of bike parking style as found here
Applying for a bike shed contribution?
You’ll also need to send through:
- Draft plans for the bike shed
- A quote for building the bike shed from a contractor
- A brief project timeline
- Details of where extra funds for the project will come from, if required
Winners are grinners!
Grant recipients – Term 3 2018
Congratulations to our latest grant winning schools who have demonstrated a commitment to bike riding and active travel. We look forward to working with them to deliver their grants and improving facilities, programs and awareness of active travel.
- Bellbridge Primary School
- Middle Kinglake Primary School
- Wallaroo Primary School
- Cheltenham East Primary School
- Aspendale Primary School
- Yinnar Primary School
- Ainslie Parklands Primary School
- Doncaster Primary School
- Sacred Heart Primary School Morwell
- St Mary’s Hastings Primary School
- Crib Point Primary School
- Holy Family Primary School Bell Park
- Mary Immaculate Primary School Ivanhoe
- Red Hill Consolidated School
- St Gerard’s Primary School Dandenong North
- Gisborne Primary School
- Edithvale Primary School