Richmond, Vermont, November 18, 2021 – Little Bellas has been selected by the Vista Outdoor Foundation as one of ten non-profit organizations that were awarded a total of $600,000 in grants as part of the Foundation’s initial grant cycle. Little Bellas will use its portion of the grant to advance its access initiatives, which have underscored Little Bellas’ mission since day one.
Little Bellas is an organization that introduces girls to the joys of mountain biking. (Photo by Korey Hopkins/Little Bellas)
“We are so appreciative of the time that you’ve allowed us to have [the bike],” said the parent of a Gear Up! recipient in Johnson City, Tenn. “She actually still rides nearly every day – she’s been bundling up this week and riding while it was cool. We really appreciate all that you’ve done to help make sure she could participate!”
Little Bellas believes that the ride is better when greater access is developed by people whose perspectives differ from each other.
Little Bellas has chosen to take a community-based approach to further its access initiatives. With this grant award, Little Bellas has an opportunity to take lessons learned from the community to implement some of the strategies currently in place to make its programs as widely accessible as possible. What follows is a list of the actions taken by Little Bellas to increase access to its programs.
* New chapters in underserved areas – each year Little Bellas identifies and adds a new chapter in an area where access to outdoor recreation is challenging. It could be in a rural, low-income area, or in an area where there simply isn’t an abundance of green space. This grant will allow Little Bellas to add three new chapters in 2022 for these sought-out locations.
Girls learn to ride mountain bikes and build their skills with the help of the Little Bellas coaches.
(Photo by Korey Hopkins/Little Bellas)
* Gear Up! – Little Bellas provides gear to participants who need a bike and/or helmet to use during its programs.
* Financial Assistance – Little Bellas provides financial assistance to help cover up to 100% of the registration cost for participants in need. This year Little Bellas held a program where all the participants received financial assistance. This grant will help extend opportunities to more participants in more programs.
Little Bellas works to empower female-identifying participants by delivering access to positive and encouraging outdoor experiences. 8,000 young riders, ages 7-16, have so far been served by Little Bellas, who will now be able to expand and accelerate its mission to get more girls on bikes, thanks to the generous grant provided by the Vista Outdoor Foundation.
About Little Bellas
Little Bellas is a mountain bike organization whose goal is to help young, female-identifying participants realize their potential through cycling. Little Bellas aims to create a community that will empower girls through the sport, emphasize the importance of goal setting, promote healthy lifestyles and recognize the positive effects of strong female bonds. While this program is centered around creating camaraderie for girls on bikes, it is most importantly about having fun in a constructive environment.
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PO Box 1083
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