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Note: Beginning January 2016, this page is no longer up-to-date. If you wish to complete a Bike & Build grant application, please visit http://bikeandbuild.org/why-we-ride/grants/. Thank you! 


Bike & Build disburses proceeds from our annual trips to affordable housing groups across the nation through a competitive grant application process. Grants will fund affordable housing projects chiefly planned and executed by students and young adults up to the age of 28.

Eligibility Requirements
Bike & Build welcomes all housing groups and service organizations to submit a grant application for consideration. Our program aims to mobilize young adults to affect the affordable housing cause -- we welcome applications for established programs, as well as those for innovative and non-traditional projects.

Bike & Build requires that grant applications meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must have current 501(c) (3) status at the time of submission. Documentation required.
  • Grant requests must be between $500 and $10,000.
  • The project must substantially involve and engage youth or young adults (planning, implementation, etc).
  • Applications must come from organizations; Bike & Build will not fund proposals from individuals.
  • Applicants may request funds that impact affordable housing on a local, regional, or national level.

Selection Procedure
During the course of our cross-country trips, Bike & Build participants will review, evaluate, and discuss the applications we receive. Funding decisions will be made - as a group - by each trip through prescribed criteria and voting systems. All funding decisions will be certified by Bike & Build's staff.

  • The 2015 application process is closed.
  • For organizations that applied, Bike & Build’s staff will review all submitted applications and verify that they meet the above criteria. 
  • All complete applications are divided amongst our eight trips. Participants on each trip will then review, evaluate, and decide on funding for all eligible applications.
  • The group’s decision will be sent to the Director of Operations and Outreach, who will certify all funding decisions.
  • Decisions will be announced via e-mail mid October, with grant funds mailed via check shortly afterwards.
  • Questions can be directed to .



  1. Read the FAQ
  2. Download the Application Instructions [pdf, 146kb]
  3. Create Online Profile


The Timeline for the 2015 Application Process is listed below:

Early April 2015

  • Applications made available. Organizations are eligible to log-in to their Bike & Build grant account to register and upload grant documents.


Friday, June 5, 5 pm EDT

  • Applications due via online grant system
  • Applications submitted at 5:01 will not be accepted.
  • We do not accept emailed, mailed or faxed applications. Please use the web interface only.
  • Please note that we do not process grants on a rolling basis. We notify all applicants of funding decisions in October, regardless of how early or close to the deadline you submit your application.


  • Bike & Build’s staff will review all submitted applications to verify their completeness and eligibility

July – August

  • All complete applications will be divided amongst our trips. Participants on each trip will then review, evaluate and decide upon all eligible applications.

Late August

  • Rider decision will be sent to the Director of Operations and Outreach, who will certify all funding decisions.

Mid-to-Late October

  • Decisions will be announced via e-mail, with grant checks sent shortly afterwards.

November – December 31

  • Bike & Build requests that all grant recipients send us ELECTRONIC tax receipts for funds received by December 31, 2015.

October 2016

  • All grantees will be required to complete an online report by October 1, 2016 (one year after the award) on the successes of your project. 
  • The report will be sent via email to grantees in September 2016.

    Note: Bike & Build is not affiliated with Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Together, YouthBuild USA, or any other organization or association. As an independent 501(c)(3) organization, we volunteer with and grant to many different affordable housing nonprofits - all projects are entered into on a per-occasion basis.