The Urban Bike Project is pleased to announce it has been named a recipient of a $15,000 grant from the Chichester duPont Foundation.
The grant will help to allow the Urban Bike Project to expand their existing Earn-A-Bike youth program, allowing them to offer a higher quality program to a greater number of Wilmington area youth. The grant will help cover the costs of staff, equipment, bicycle parts and accessories, healthy snacks, transportation and marketing for a year-long, weekly, expanded Earn-A-Bike program and youth-only shop hours, as well as a week-long summer camp. The trustees of the Chichester duPont Foundation devote particular emphasis to programs concerned with the environment, education, health care and social services and to which the Foundation’s giving will play a pivotal role. The Urban Bike Project is thrilled to have been selected for this substantial award.
To learn more about the Chichester duPont Foundation, visit http://www.chichesterdupont.org.
Urban Bike Project’s expanded Earn-A-Bike project will provide at-risk youth age 8-17 with opportunities to learn bicycle mechanics over the course of several weeks to eventually earn a free bicycle from Urban Bike Project’s inventory, which the youth then restore themselves. The program will also provide youth with opportunities to learn about local recreation opportunities, healthy lifestyles, and bicycle safety through group rides. Weekend community service projects
will allow participants to earn shop credit for bicycle parts and accessories, and connect with their community in a positive way.
Through Urban Bike Project’s expanded Earn-A-Bike program, youth will learn valuable life skills, improve their health and spend time with positive adult role models.
Special thanks to Laura Wilburn, Urban Bike Project’s executive director, for coordinating, writing and submitting the grant application to the Chichester duPont Foundation.