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Guidance for Individuals Making a Grant Applications


Applying for Support – Introduction

The Geraint Thomas Cycling Trust exists to make cycling accessible to young people from under-represented groups, or from less privileged circumstances (financial, geographical or otherwise). We will offer support so that these young people can have the opportunity to enjoy the spirit of cycling to participate and enjoy the many benefits that cycling can bring and to ride at the highest level of which they are capable.

To achieve its aims, the Trust will provide a grant and support programme for young people to help them address the barriers they face in accessing and progressing in cycling: either recreationally or as in cycle sport.

The Trust’s support will include: financial support for equipment, assistance with transport costs and provision of other support where applicable.

To make an application for support as an individual, click HERE

Who can apply?

  • A young person who meets the requirements listed below, who wants to participate in cycling in any form – and who faces barriers to doing so.
  • You must be between 7 and 17 years old. I.e. the earliest time that you can be to apply is during the year of your 7th birthday, the latest time is during the year of your 17th
  • You must have a strong desire to take part in cycling, but face challenges that prevent you from doing so, for reasons outside your control. If you do ride a bike now but wish to take part in a different type of cycling, or cycle at a higher level, you may apply for support.
  • You don’t have to want to take part in competitive cycle sport. The Trust is about helping you to experience and enjoy cycling however you want to.
  • You do have to want to cycle on a regular basis (ideally at least weekly on average) and for a significant period of time (months rather than weeks).
  • Your application must be supported by what the Trust calls a “Supporting Organisation”. Your Supporting organisation could be a school, a sports club, a youth club or other type of group. The organisation must have known you for a while and be willing to support you as you explore the world of cycling.
  • This organisation (chosen by you) will support your application, and if your application is successful, provide support to you where necessary and report back with you to the Trust at intervals – to let us know how you are getting on.


How Do I apply?

The Trust will open rounds of applications twice a year in spring and autumn.  There will be a published opening date and closing date for the application round. You need to make sure you start thinking about your application in good time, to be ready to send it in before the closing date.


Completing an Application

 If you are thinking of applying to the Trust, these are the steps that you will need to take:

  1. You need to think about why you are applying to the Trust for support. The Trust will expect you to be committing to ride your bicycle regularly over a period of time (normally several months).
    – What are you looking to achieve when you start cycling?
    – Do you have any particular goals in mind?
    – What sort of things are preventing you from cycling now?
    You will have to be able to answer these questions when you fill out the application form.
  2. You need to decide which Supporting Organisation will support your application. (See Who Can Apply).
    You need to tell someone in that organisation, in advance, that you are thinking of applying to the Trust so that they can make sure that: a). they can and will provide support to you if you are successful, and that b). in the eyes of the Trust, they qualify as a Supporting organisation.
    To see the guidance for Supporting Organisations, click HERE
  3. You need to complete an application form. To download an Application Form click HERE
    If you have any questions about completing the form, contact the Trust at
  4. Submit the completed Application Form to the Trust
    NOTE: If you are unable to complete the online form, you can get someone else to do it for you – or, contact the trust – or it may be possible to do your application by video.


What Happens Next?

  1. Your section of the application form is sent to your Supporting Organisation for them to confirm that they support your application.
  2. The Supporting Organisation will complete their section of the form and then submit the completed form to the Trust.
    The completed form must be sent to the Trust before the closing date for the Application round.
  3. The Trust will contact you to confirm that they have received your application by the closing date.
  4. The Trust will review your application form to make sure all the information we need is on the form. If anything in your application is missing or unclear, we will contact you to collect more information.
  5. A panel appointed by the Trust will review the applications and decide whether to provide support each applicant.
  6. You will be informed by the Trust whether your application has been successful.
    The interval between the closing date for applications and you hearing from the Trust about your application will be 1 – 2 months.
  7. If you are successful, we will discuss with you some goals, agree what support you may need, arrange for handover the equipment etc. and for you to accept an agreement with the Trust that describes how you and the Trust will work together for the time of the grant and support.
  8. At the end of the award time, you will be required to help us complete some monitoring and evaluation paperwork. Details will be sent to successful applicants in due course.