Cycling apparel specialist Rapha has unveiled the Rapha Foundation, which has a mission to build a better future for the sport of cycling by inspiring, empowering and supporting the next generation of racers.
Rapha notes that it will provide direct funding to grassroots and not for profit organisations that introduce under-served audiences to the sport. Rapha adds that it will ‘champion these organisations and take aspiring racers on a journey from their local park to podiums at the top of the sport… We will do this all over the world.’
A release from Rapha gives further background to the new foundation…
Rapha was established in 2004 to celebrate and promote cycling. Initially we did this by producing high quality road cycling clothing showcased in inspiring photography and stories. Since then, the company has expanded into many more product categories and established a thriving global community of cyclists. Rapha is fiercely ambitious about cycling, and we strive to see it become the most popular sport in the world.
Earlier this year Rapha launched the Roadmap, an extensive report into the state of professional cycling. This followed a two-year research project that investigated how the ‘shop window’ of cycling – that is, the professional sport – could be made more exciting and more valuable. The recommendations in the Roadmap now guide all of Rapha’s investments, starting with a new approach to team sponsorship and now with the launch of our charitable foundation, focused on the grassroots of the sport.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate their alignment with the mission and vision of the Rapha Foundation, as well as their broader commitment to advancing cycling within their work.
US-based applicants must be Section 501(c)(3) public charities. Non-US organizations may apply as a project of a US-based fiscal sponsor that is a 501(c)(3) public charity, or a non-US organization that is the equivalent of a US 501(c)(3) public charity.
The foundation is unable to make grants directly to individuals.
Rapha Foundation staff strive to identify mission-aligned organizations, and thus do not accept unsolicited proposals. However, for those who would like to nominate an organization an online form can be completed.
Acknowledging the global footprint of cycling, the Rapha Foundation will support eligible charitable organizations based in and supporting communities in Asia/Pacific, the European Union, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Invited applicants will be asked to submit a proposal for funding of up to three years, with a maximum total request of US$150,000.
The Rapha Foundation is administered as a donor advised fund at Fidelity Charitable, an independent US-based charitable organization. All grants are subject to US rules and regulations for charitable donations (which apply to both domestic and international organizations).