I work in local government and am working on a bike plan. I was wondering
if folks who run community bike shops that receive funding from their local
or county (or even state/provincial) government could tell me about those
funding mechanisms? I would like to address the possibility of funding our
local community bike shop in the plan, but wanted more info on how or to
what extent it occurs elsewhere.
For instance, what types of funds are provided (capital or operational or
other), are the funds accessed through a competitive grant application,
discretionary funds, or some other type of budget allocation, and how much
has been received?
My friend already provided me with the following examples (and recommended
I reach out to this mailing list for more info):
*I know that a group of Bike shops in Vancouver created a successful group
application for Vancouver's "greenest city fund" based around recycling
bike parts and collecting and rebuilding abandoned bikes, with an
educational component worked in. As far as I know, they received the grant
two years in a row. The Bike shop in Peterborough, Ontario (B!ke) looks
like they have somewhat consistent city funding. There is a tiny bit more
info in their annual report here
Any info would be much appreciated. Thanks all!!