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Ride The Rockies grants available for local host communities

Ride the Rockies cyclists cruise through Byers Canyon. Tour participants will pass through the canyon twice this year, going both east and west on days four and six of the event.

Ride The Rockies is returning to Grand County this summer, with three of the tour's six days beginning or ending in Middle Park, and now that the tour's stops have been announced the Denver Post Community Foundation is offering grants to host communities.

The annual cycling tour will begin on June 9 in Breckenridge. Day four of the will begin in Steamboat Springs and end in Grand Lake. The following day, day five of the tour, Winter Park will serve as a host community before day six takes riders back through Grand County to Ute Pass and the road back to Breckenridge. Earlier this week the Denver Post Community Foundation announced plans to offer grants to host communities, "to be given to programs that support recreation and/or youth education," according to a press release from the foundation.

Priority for grant awards will be given to entities that incorporate cycling safety and bicycle use, or increase access for low-income participants, into the programs for which they are seeking grants.

"It is important to Ride the Rockies and the Denver Post Community Foundation that we support the communities that host the tour each year," Deirdre Moynihan, Tour Director, said. "This grant program not only is our way to give back and leave a lasting impact in the communities that are so welcoming to Ride The Rockies, but it continues to serve the mission of the Denver Post Community Foundation."

Only local nonprofit agencies can apply for grants under the program and the nonprofits must be located within host communities or the areas where the tour starts or where overnight stays are scheduled. Qualifying communities in Grand County are specifically listed as Grand Lake and Winter Park.

A grant award announcement will be made in mid-April. To apply for a grant local nonprofits should contact the Denver Post Community Foundation.