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Lancaster Bicycle Club Grant Program


The 2019 application period is now closed.  We awarded $24,472 in grants in 2019.  A press release listing the 2019 recipients can be found below. The 2020 Grant Program will open in December 2019. Please contact John Mullineauxto be added to the Grant Program email list. 

The Lancaster Bicycle Club’s long-running grant program provides funds to support bicycle-related activities and initiatives in Lancaster County. Since 1999, the Lancaster Bicycle Club has awarded over $380,000 in grants. Grants are typically awarded annually. Grants are made at the sole discretion of the Lancaster Bicycle Club. Grant funds primarily come from the net profits of the Club’s annual Lancaster Covered Bridge Classicride, which is held each August.

In awarding grants, the Club is guided by the following principles:

  • Grants may be made to governmental, school, and non-profit organizations for:
    • Facilities that directly improve the bicycling experience in Lancaster County. These may include but not be limited to: bicycle racks/parking areas, bicycle repair stations, bicycle lane markings, signs promoting bicycle rights/safety on roadways, etc. 
    • Repair and maintenance of facilities that are part of the bicycling experience in Lancaster County, such as trails, covered bridges, etc.
    • Advocacy for bicyclists’ rights and safety
    • Programs that promote bicycling in Lancaster County.
  • Grants will not be awarded to for-profit companies, partnerships or LLCs


In making your request, please be specific and brief. General or overly broad applications that do not speak to a defined project or plan will not be considered. 


Here are some guidelines to follow: 

  • If you are buying equipment, tell us how much you plan to spend for each item.
  • If you are requesting money for a program, please be specific about the various costs you wish to have covered by the grant. Provide costs for materials, costs for design work, costs for implementation, costs for consultants or compensation to people involved in the project, etc. 
  • Be as specific as possible about the number and ages of people your program is expected to reach. 



Funded projects range from bike racks to trail enhancements to bikes for EMS first responders program. Funds for grant program are generated from the Lancaster Bicycle Club’s annual Lancaster Covered Bridge Classic bike ride, held each August. 

(Lancaster, Pa.) – The Lancaster Bicycle Club has announced the recipients of its annual grant program for 2019. A total of over $34,000 is being donated this year. 

Thirteen organizations received funds from the club’s 2019 open grant application program. Those organizations are 717Cycling, Boy Scouts of America: Pennsylvania Dutch Council, The Common Wheel, Lancaster City Alliance, Lancaster County Veterans Court, Conestoga Township, Martic Township – Rail Trail Advisory Committee, Warwick Township, East Donegal Township, Marietta Borough, Hempfield Area Recreation Commission, Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership, and Susquehanna Valley EMS. 

Grants are awarded for bicycling-related projects, advocacy, and/or education. Recipients must be non-profits or government entities and their projects must meet the grant criteria set forth by the Lancaster Bicycle Club. 

In addition to the open grant applications, the club earmarks grant funds every year for covered bridge maintenance in Lancaster County and supports a scholarship at Harrisburg Area Community College in Lancaster. 

These are the projects that are being provided with funds as part of the 2019 grant program: 

  • Bikes for youth cycling program participants (717Cycling) 
  • Bike racks for the SoWe Neighborhood of Lancaster City (Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership) 
  • Establishment of a cycling fitness program for veterans (Lancaster County Veterans Court) 
  • Trail enhancements (including bike racks, benches, etc.) for the Enola Low Grade Trail section in Martic Township (Martic Township – Rail Trail Advisory Committee) 
  • Trail enhancements (including bike racks, signage, etc.) for the Enola Low Grade Trail section in Conestoga Township (Conestoga Township) 
  • Enhancements for the Warwick-to-Ephrata Rail Trail bike shelter (Warwick Township) 
  • Bike racks at various parks in Hempfield and at the East Petersburg Pool (Hempfield Area Recreation Commission) 
  • New bikes for scouts at J. Edward Mack Scout Reservation (Boy Scouts of America: Pennsylvania Dutch Council) 
  • Bikes and equipment for new EMS Bike Medic Program (Susquehanna Valley EMS) 
  • Bike replacements for Ambassador Program (Lancaster City Alliance) 
  • Youth Earn-a-Bike Program and Adult Bikes-for-All Program (The Common Wheel) 
  • Bike racks at East Donegal Township Riverfront Park along the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail (East Donegal Township) 
  • Bike Repair Station near Northwest Lancaster County River Trail (Marietta Borough) 
  • Annual recipients of grant funds: 
    • Lancaster County Commissioners for covered bridge repair 
    • Harrisburg Area Community College – Lancaster 


Funds for the grant program come from the club’s annual Lancaster Covered Bridge Classic fundraising bike ride, which is held each August. The club has donated over $380,000 as part of its long-standing grant program. 

The Lancaster Bicycle Club grant program accepts applicatio 




Adopt a Highway

The Adopt-a-Highway program was started back in 1992 by Harry Campbell [deceased] as a way for our club to give back to Lancaster County. We are expected to clean up Columbia Ave. from Donnerville Rd. to Rohrerstown Rd. 3 times a year. PA DOT supplies us with gloves, reflective vests & trash bags.

 Ice Cream Lovers Ride

As featured in Bicycling Magazines best ride for PA. On this 40-mile route, you can find killer ice cream at Bird-in-Hand Bakery (12 miles), Lapp Valley Farm (23 miles), and Oregon Dairy (36 miles), where scoops are sized calf, heifer, or cow.

Out of Area Rides

Suburban Cyclists Unlimited (SCU) maintains a great list of out of area rides. You can view that list by clicking here.